The Leading the Way to Climate Neutrality Initiative will be a first-of-its-kind partnership among faculty, students, staff and industry to make UC Davis a zero-carbon campus by 2025. This transdisciplinary, universitywide initiative will accelerate efforts to pilot, finance and implement carbon reduction projects, the savings from which will be reinvested. Through project-based learning opportunities, faculty, students and staff will collaboratively test and operationalize cutting-edge research and translate this work to the public. In the process, we will spearhead a feasible carbon neutrality model for large institutions worldwide and provide the next generation of energy leaders with the knowledge and hands-on skills to foster global resilience to climate change. The initiative was named as one of the top 13 Big Ideas at UC Davis as part of the university’s second comprehensive fundraising program.