About UC3


The University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, is a bold new coalition of leading North American research universities that will prototype a collaborative model designed to help local communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

In launching UC3, an initial cohort of distinguished universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states.



UC3 provides thought leadership on and fosters a robust exchange of best practices and lessons learned in pursuit of reducing greenhouse emissions and building community resilience. They share this knowledge with fellow coalition members, the higher education sector, their communities, and partners in the public and private sectors by serving as models for climate solutions and re-examining the scientific community’s research agenda to accelerate place-based climate action.


Coalition Structure

Coalition Leads

There are three (3) types of Coalition lead positions which a coalition member institution can fill for a fixed amount of time: Leadership, Research, and Network. The Leadership Lead communicates between presidents and chancellors in the network and supports public-facing UC3 opportunities. The Research Lead develops the network-wide research agenda and evaluates the effectiveness and impact of UC3 actions in advancing research priorities. The Network Lead provides coalition network support and maintains and leverages external relationships.

Institutional Liaisons

Liaisons are individuals at each institution appointed by the University Head with the assistance of their appointed Coalition Executive Liaison. There are four (4) types of Liaisons: Executive, Operational, Research and Communications. Executive Liaisons have senior decisionmaking authority and serve as the direct contact between the Coalition and institutions president’s or chancellor’s office. Operational Liaisons maintain knowledge of institutional climate goals, familiarity with ongoing and upcoming operational projects, and access to operations staff. Research Liaisons coordinate across the various faculty and research communities across the institution and have a knowledge of cross-campus research strengths. Communications Liaisons provide general support and amplification of UC3 activities and provide external relations support (i.e. quotes, talking points, etc.) for UC3 activities.

Strategic Principles

  • Build institutional consensus to pursue cross-sector climate work by bringing together liaisons from academia, operations, and administration (via the institutional liaisons).
  • Identify & convene local, cross-sector stakeholders by holding a cross-sector forum.
  • Share knowledge across institutions via monthly meetings, coalition events, public events and other networking opportunities.
  • Identify and evaluate research priorities and gaps in the climate solutions research agenda.
  • Collaborate cross-sectorally and build cross-sector partnerships to accelerate solutions.


Read the Report

Since the University Climate Change Coalition’s (UC3) launch in February 2018, UC3 universities have convened climate leaders in their region from local and state government, private industry and NGOs at cross-sector forums. In a report entitled Research for Solutions: Convening Stakeholders to Galvanize Local Climate Action UC3 highlights how research institutions can play an invaluable role in stepping-up climate action in their communities. Each of the schools are making ambitious strides to reduce their institutional footprint and increase resilience to the shocks of climate change, read the report to find out exactly how. Download