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From the air we breathe to the water we drink to the food we grow, humanity’s survival and well-being depends on our natural environment. To be sustainable, we must create and maintain the conditions that allow us to live in harmony with nature, now and in the future.

At UC San Diego, sustainability is part of the institutional DNA imparted to us by Roger Revelle, one of the university’s founders and a pioneer of climate change research. Over the years, we’ve built on that legacy to become one of the nation’s most sustainable universities, earning recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, California Higher Education and Sustainability Consortium, Princeton Review, Sierra Club, and the International Sustainable Purchasing Council, among others, for our sustainability leadership.

Our campus has established and follows key Principles of Sustainability and is guided by an Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Key sustainability goals include:

  • Zero waste by 2020
  • Carbon neutrality (emitting net zero greenhouse gases) from our buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025 and from all sources by 2050
  • 36 percent potable water use reduction by 2030, meeting stricter regulations that those mandated by  Governor Jerry Brown
  • 20 percent sustainable food purchasing in dining halls (i.e. Fair Trade, USDA Organic, locally and regionally grown, Marine Stewardship Council Certified, etc.) by 2020
  • Food security for the campus community, especially students, by 2025
  • LEED Silver or better certification for all new buildings and major renovations

Learn more about our sustainability focus areas and how you can get involved.