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

Green Living Guide

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

Green Cleaning Policy (PDF)

Student Housing Green Accomplishments (Text Alternative)

Department Efforts Infographic

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 Programmers: Discover a wealth of curated resources and materials for hall and community programming. Join in on our themed monthly calendar challenge, request a hall program, check out the student sustainability cookbook and 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


Learn How to Compost

Sustainable Cooking