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Annual Sustainability Report and Video Highlights

In October 2021, UC San Diego will launch its first Annual Sustainability Report to share progress related to our goals and focus areas. This online report will highlight the actions, achievements and people who are advancing sustainability.

request a video or article highlighting your efforts

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Thousand Trees Initiative

The UC San Diego Thousand Tree Initiative is over half way completed with 530 trees planted within a 20-month timespan. The planted Torrey Pines are grown on campus.

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Arbor Day 2021

UC San Diego Gets STARS Gold Rating

In April 2021, UC San Diego earned its fourth Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System (STARS) Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements. Only 170 colleges and universities worldwide have this distinction.

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Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Although the Sustainability Resource Center is closed, we are working remotely and finding new, innovative ways to connect with students, staff, faculty and community members through social media and virtual meetings and events. We will work with our partners in Environment, Health & Safety, University Center and Associated Students to develop practical COVID-19 mitigation strategies and protocols that comply with state, county and university safety guidelines if our office reopens in the fall.

empowering the campus and community to create a sustainable future

UC San Diego strives to find solutions that help protect our planet. Explore what we’re doing and how you can get involved.

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Green Programs

Green Labs

The Green Labs program helps laboratories reduce their footprints without compromising research quality or safety while improving efficiency.

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Green Office

The Green Office Certification program helps campus offices promote resource conservation and recognizes their leadership in sustainability.

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Green Classroom

The Green Classroom Certification program helps campus educators to promote resource conservation and receive recognition for their leadership in sustainability.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

“We believe that true excellence is achieved through productive relationships among people of diverse perspectives, as defined by UC San Diego’s Principles of Community.“ Learn more about UC San Diego Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Land Acknowledgement

The UC San Diego community holds great respect for the land and the original people of the area where our campus is located. The university is built on the un-ceded territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. Today, the Kumeyaay people continue to maintain their political sovereignty and cultural traditions as vital members of the San Diego community. We acknowledge their tremendous contributions to our region and thank them for their stewardship.