Under a recently-signed deal with Anaergia Inc., a global technology leader in organic waste to renewable energy solutions, UC is expanding its shift away from natural gas to biogas, a form of renewable energy that actually cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

The university has agreed to purchase approximately $42M worth of renewable biogas from Anaergia over the next 20 years, a move that will help UC meet its climate neutrality goals while also putting it at the forefront of California’s next big environmental advance.

Thanks to state legislation that mandates a 75 percent reduction in the volume of organic waste going into landfills by 2025, California is on the cusp of a new paradigm in which we stop wasting our garbage and start turning it into a source of earth-friendly energy and fertilizer.

In many ways, the UC-Anaergia partnership is the face of that greener future. Anaergia is building the Rialto Bioenergy Facility — the largest organic waste diversion and renewable energy recovery facility in North America. This plant is expected to open in late 2020.

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