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Students Seek to Ban Plastic Water Bottles from Campus 4/27/17
Several students at UC San Diego’s Student Sustainability Collective (SSC) are working to make zero waste by 2020 a reality.


Sustainably Feeding the Hungry 4/27/17
The “Let’s Talk about Food Sustainability” event gathered community and campus groups to talk about food insecurity in San Diego and ways the public can improve regional food sustainability.


UC San Diego's 2017 Earth Month Celebration: Using Science to Protect the Planet 3/23/17
Sustainability, environmentalism and taking action against the threat of climate change will be at the center of UC San Diego’s Earth Month celebration throughout April.


Research to Help Mitigate Future Shocks to State’s Water, Food and Energy Supplies 2/16/17
UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy professor Jennifer Burney aims to help prepare for future droughts by applying what we have learned from past droughts.


Sustainability Student Ambassador Receives Scholarship 2/9/17
Selena Lopez is one of only 20 students selected to participate in the new Principal Community Scholar Program.


UC San Diego Ranked a Top University in New Green Report 2/8/17
The 2017 Green Report by SaveOnEnergy.com ranks the campus in the top 100 among U.S. universities.


Learning to Live without Plastic
Professor Minoo Moallem challenged her students to avoid using plastic for 24 hours in her class “Objects and Commodities.”

2016

Researchers Create Means to Monitor Anthropogenic Global Warming in Real Time
Study points to primacy of Pacific Ocean as a global climate force.


UC San Diego Named SDG&E Energy Champion
The campus was commended for its “remarkable commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and conservation.”


Ahead of the Curve
From climate change to brain activity mapping to studies of the microbiome, the campus leads the way in global efforts with big payoffs for humanity


UC San Diego Sustainability Award Winners Announced
Nine award recipients to be honored for their contributions to sustainability and renewable energy on campus.


UC San Diego Shines a Spotlight on Sustainability
Student organizations, campus departments and outside vendors partnered at the Sustainability Fair to raise awareness about the impact we have on our environment.


A Day in the sun
Solar Chill project team hopes to inspire others at Clinton Global Initiative University.

2015

Watch the UC Carbon Neutrality Summit Online
UC-TV now has presentations and interviews from the summit available for viewing.


UC San Diego Offers Expertise at Paris Climate Negotiations
The delegation of scientists and students brought climate science to the international climate negotiations.


Cool Campus Challenge Crowns a Winner
More than 19,000 participants took up the challenge to reduce their personal carbon footprints.


New EV Chargers Help Usher in Future of EV Charging
The next generation of EV chargers are being used to test a new form of data communication at UC San Diego.


Sierra Magazine Names UC San Diego 7th Coolest School in Nation
Water conservation efforts were specifically cited by editors: “Since 2009, the campus has reduced its water use by more than 30 million gallons a year.”


UC San Diego Receives SANDAG Diamond Award for Green Transportation Programs
UC San Diego received a SANDAG iCommute Diamond Award in recognition of its outstanding efforts to encourage employees to use alternative transportation.


New Partnership Supports Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technology
UC San Diego and UL, a global safety science organization, are working together to conduct research, share techniques and more.


Power to the Batteries
New center promises better batteries for low-carbon future


Making Every Drop Count: UC San Diego Steps Up Water Conservation Efforts
From turning off fountains to eliminating turf, UC San Diego is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to conserve water and take additional action under Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent mandate to cut water usage.


UC San Diego Shows 23 Percent Drop in Water Use
A UT San Diego report shows that the university was the biggest water-saver in the 2014 budget year according to City of San Diego data.


Surfing Into a Greener Future
World’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard produced by UC San Diego biology and chemistry students.


Earth Week Events Show It’s Easy Being Green
The campus learned eco-friendly lifestyle tips and ways to conserve water during Earth Week at UC San Diego.


UCSD Students Pick Through Garbage in Earth Day Demonstration
Students sorted through a bunch of garbage Monday to show how many recyclable materials are thrown in the trash.


New Campus Staff Association Sows Seeds of Sustainability
The association serves as a hub to foster sustainability efforts on campus and in the community.


UC San Diego Featured in Guide to Green Colleges
The university was highlighted in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition.”


UC San Diego Celebrates Sustainability Efforts with Earth Week
A trash sort, Earth Day Fair and a call to conserve water are all part of this year’s Earth Week festivities.


Creating a More Bike-Friendly Campus
A popular pathway is about to get a makeover as part of UC San Diego’s efforts to create a more bicycle-friendly campus.

2014

UC San Diego Receives $3 Million to Help Advance Energy Storage
Federal grant will help the campus move innovative energy storage technologies out of the lab and into the market.


New Green Building Tours at UC San Diego to Blend Architecture, History and Sustainability
Blending architecture, campus history and sustainability, new Green Building Tours will be offered starting this winter, hosted by the UC San Diego Visitor’s Tour Program in collaboration with UC San Diego Facilities Design and Construction and Housing and Dining Services.


Keeping Skies Clean and Clear in San Diego
UC San Diego received an APCD-IEA Blue Sky Leadership Award for its efforts to reduce air pollution and global warming.


Black’s Beach Gets Much Needed Public Restroom
The popular surf spot has its first ever environmentally-friendly restroom facility thanks to the combined efforts of the campus and community.


Making a Commitment to Conserve Water
The campus has taken significant action to reduce water consumption to the greatest extent possible.


Environmentally-Friendly Battery Energy Storage System to be Installed
One of the largest, most environmentally-friendly, battery-based energy storage systems in the nation will be installed on campus.


UC San Diego Ranked a ‘Coolest School’
Sierra Magazine ranked the university the 17th “Coolest School” for displaying a deep and thorough commitment to sustainability.


Scripps Oceanography Laboratory Building Awarded LEED Platinum
The Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) Laboratory is the first lab building at UC San Diego to achieve LEED Platinum status.


UC San Diego Climate Researcher Leads Vatican Discussion on Climate Change
Veerabhadran Ramanathan, has been studying global warming since the 1970s. This past spring he had an audience with Pope Francis as the Vatican hosted a conference on climate change and its effects around the world.


UC San Diego Wins Diamond Award
Transportation Services wins the All-Star Award for its sustained commitment to alternative commuting programs.


Earth Week Underscores Commitment to Sustainable Solutions
The theme for the week of events, “Connecting the Drops,” helps illustrate UC San Diego’s water-saving strategies as California faces a severe drought.


Smart Car Meets Smart Charger
The nation’s first demonstration project featuring “intelligent” chargers and cars kicks off at UC San Diego. The Times of San Diego reports.


Commitment to Conserve Water
With California experiencing a drought emergency, the campus is taking action to reduce water consumption to the greatest extent possible.


 A Hotbed for Microgrids
The most sophisticated microgrid in the region is here at UC San Diego.


New Biomedical Research Facility Opens
Biomedical science students and faculty now have access to one of the most sustainable laboratories in the country.


Microgrid: Keeping the Lights On
Triton alumni magazine features UC San Diego’s microgrid, one of the most advanced microgrids in the world.


More Power To You: Ensuring a Reliable, Safe and Secure Supply of Energy at UC San Diego
Already recognized for its award-winning energy efficiency programs, the campus is taking steps to enhance its electrical system.


Efforts to Save Energy Result in Savings
UC San Diego receives $7.2 million in energy efficiency incentives from SDG&E. Incentives were earned through implementation of 30 energy efficiency projects from 2010-2012.

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