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Sustainability Resource Center

The UC San Diego Sustainability Resource Center (SRC) opened in 2009 and serves as a hub for materials and initiatives related to local, national, and global sustainability. The Sustainability Resource Center is a collaborative effort between UC San Diego Sustainability and the Student Sustainability Collective (SSC).


  • Balancing environmental, social and economic stewardship as they relate to sustainability
  • Maximizing campus and local outreach and participation
  • Reducing campus impact on the environment
  • Establishing a model for contributing to local, national and global sustainability
  • Providing resources to develop innovative sustainable solutions


Northwest corner of the Price Center West, first level near the theater. View map.


Closed until further notice.

Excludes university holidays and academic breaks (Winter and Spring)

  • Academic quarters: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays
  • Summer: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays

Reserve the SRC: Students can reserve the SRC for meetings or events during business hours. Submit a reservation. If you have questions about reservations, email

Specialty Recycling

We recycle specialty items for the campus community's free use.

Monthly Seminars

We host seminars on the first Wednesday of every month during academic quarters.

LEED Gold Certified Facility

The SRC was designed by Jimmy Sullivan of CitiZen Design Studio and constructed by Folton Enterprises and dedicated UC San Diego Facilities Management staff. Our local community, staff and students collaborated to create an inviting space using environmentally friendly materials to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification .

Sustainable materials and services donated by over 30 suppliers and manufacturers include: 

  • DC-to-DC lighting system — one of two in U.S. — coordinated by EMerge Alliance. A few of the partners include:
    • Armstrong: donated DC ceiling grid
    • Finelite: donated drop ceiling lights and some LED task lighting
    • Wattstopper: donated motion and light sensors
    • Kyocera: donated solar panels
    • Borrego Solar: donated solar panel installation
    • Nextek: donated power supply
    • Tyco Electronics: donated power cables and connectors
  • Furniture (tables, chairs, desks) supplied by Steelcase, Haworth and Kimball, all Cradle to Cradle certified products
  • Flooring
    • Reclaimed from demolished building supplied by Vintage Timberworks
    • Bamboo – rapidly renewable resource that uses non-VOC (volatile organic compound) emitting glue for installation and better air quality
    • Carpet tiles supplied by Shaw Carpet, which is a Cradle to Cradle certified products
  • Casework
    • Plyboo plywood – rapidly renewable resource that uses non-VOC emitting glue for installation
    • Kirei board – manufactured from reclaimed sorghum straw
  • Walls
    • The glass storefront separating the space from the theater lobby, donated by La Mesa Glass, reduces the need for electric lighting
    • Clear Polygal walls, donated by Ridout Plastics, allow maximum daylight into the space
    • Kirei board is also used on the lower half of the walls
  • Countertops
    • Richlite – an extremely hard countertop made from recycled paper
    • Vetrazzo – countertop made from recycled glass
  • Ceilings – rapidly renewable tiles donated by Armstrong, the industry's only Cradle to Cradle certified ceiling product
  • Tiles – Viridian recycled glass tiles made by Modwalls
  • Paint made by Envirokote – eco-friendly paint line by Frazee
  • Energy Star® flat screen monitor and small refrigerator

Contact Us

If you have comments or questions, contact us, or (858) 534-4515.