Live Green

Vision for Sustainable Living in Student Housing

Empowering communities to meet needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Our Mission

Student Housing will integrate sustainability into business practices and educational programming to foster healthy environments, social justice and economic viability. 

Student Housing embraces its unique access to the campus community, with the goal of increasing environmental sustainability through education and agency of residents and employees throughout the department. Together we will serve as change agents and adopt a life-time of behaviors that foster healthy environments, social justice, and economic viability. 

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Questions? Contact Student Housing's Sustainability Program Manager, Rachel Harvey at raharvey@uci.edu.

What You Can Do

To learn more about pressing environmental issues and the steps you can take to make an impact of your own, click on the topics listed below:

  1. Reducing Waste

  2. Energy Efficiency

  3. Water Conservation

  4. Sustainable Food

  5. Green Your Living Space

Department Efforts

Housing Sustainability Update: 

In January and February, Student Housing installed 66 Enovative AutoHot™ demand controllers regulating hot water circulation in over 2,817 units in residential buildings in partnership with Enovative Group and SoCal Gas. Based on the CPUC’s estimated savings, this equates to roughly 64,791 therms of natural gas and 76,000 kilowatt hours saved annually or 396.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e).

This On Demand Efficiency (ODE) program serves large residential buildings that operate with a central boiler or commercial water heater. The program offered an instant rebate (saving money!) for the purchase and installation of a demand controller system. This system reduces heat energy losses while providing fast hot water delivery to residents.

The reduction of 396.4 metric tons of CO2e is equivalent to the removal of 83 cars from the road for one year, or the total amount of energy consumed by 36 homes in one year.

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Campus/UC Efforts

Campus Sustainability Highlights

In 2015, UCI placed 1st in the UC Cool Campus Challenge and was named Sierra Club's #1 Cool School in the U.S.

UC Irvine has the highest waste diversion rate of all UC's, at 83%, and we're on track to meet the "zero waste" goal by 2020.

The campus has expanded on-site renewable energy, hosting a 19 megawatt cogeneration power plant and 11,700 solar panels that generate up to 3.2 megawatts of power, the amount needed to meet the electrical needs of 1,800 homes.

Twenty buildings on campus are rated LEED Platinum or Gold for their energy efficiency.

Residential dining facilities are all zero-waste - donating, recycling, and composting unconsumed resources.

Over 200 faculty members provide instruction on topics relating to climate change and sustainability, preparing students to become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.

UCI boasts more than 25 student centered organizations or programs working on peer-to-peer sustainability themed outreach and education.

More on UCI Sustainability here.

University of California Efforts - Read more about Sustainability efforts across the UC here.

UCI Sustainability

Get Involved

Interested in getting involved?

  1. For Undergraduate Students: Join the Earth Reps, a student training and community building internship specializing in sustainability. Learn more here.

  2. For UCI Community Members: Join our list of potential speakers and excursion hosts helping to bring sustainability programs to student residents. Learn more here

  3. Check out the Costa Rica Program in Global Sustainability & Cultural Immersion, an alternative Spring Break program and academic experience through which students gain increased cultural competence and global leadership development.

Contact Us:

  1. Questions? Contact Sustainability Program Manager, Rachel Harvey.

  2. Stay Connected! Follow UCI Housing Sustainability on social media:

    Link to Live Green UCI Pinterest page Link to Live Green UCI YouTube channel Link to Live Green UCI Facebook page Link to UCI Earth Reps Instagram page

Additional resources to learn more about the sustainability efforts on campus and beyond:

  1. UCI Student Organizations Related to Sustainability

  2. UC Sustainability

  3. UCI Sustainability

  4. UCI Sustainable Student Handguide

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