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Welcome to UCSB’s Student Sustainability Guide!


hether you are an incoming freshman or a continuing undergraduate, rest assured that UCSB and Housing & Residential Services is dedicated to being the most sustainable campus we can be! Along with helping you get adjusted to life here in our beautiful city of Santa Barbara, this guide will provide you with a lot of valuable information on how to be “green” while living in the UCSB Residence Halls. We encourage you to learn your resources on how to make Greener everyday decisions. This guide is divided up into sections that address parts of your everyday student life and includes tips from move-in to move-out. Of course this is not the only guide that exists, but we’ve designed it to be your first “go-to” resource.

Questions? Feel free to contact the Housing & Residdential Services office directly by calling (805)-893-2760 or visiting

Mission Statement


UCSB’s Sustainability Goals & Efforts


he University of California, Santa Barbara is committed to global leadership for sustainability through education, research and action.

Goals and Objectives: Over the next 20 years the campus will strive for the following: Academics and Research –– Promote education and research on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of sustainability by building community, student, faculty, and staff awareness. Build Environment –– Create superior places to study, work and live that enhance the health and performance of building occupants through sustainable planning, design, construction, operations, retrofits and bio-mimicry. Energy –– Strive to be a climate neutral campus through energy efficiency, conservation, on-site generation and strategic procurement of clean and renewable energy. Food –– Strive for a local and organic closed loop food system by observing sustainability criteria for all food purchasing preparation and service, cleaning, waste disposal, and purchase of equipment and supplies.

Click here so see the UCSB Sustainability Plan





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Moving In/Out






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Moving In/Out



Move In/ Move Out

The move from your home to the UCSB residence halls can leave a rather significant ecological footprint but it can provide an opportunity to adopt new, greener habits that can ultimately save money!

Save Money by Reusing Packaging Borrow plastic containers for packing and transporting, reducing the number of boxes and tape you need. Rather than spending your hard earned cash on new boxes, collect lightly used ones from grocery stores, liquor stores, and other shops. Find great deals on used packaging goods (boxes, bubble wrap) on or

Live Locally? Utilize a local Santa Barbara company called Movegreen (www. wemovegreen or 805845-6600) that promises to reduce your move-in impact by using green transportation and moving materials. They even plant 10 trees for each move and offer a 10% discount for all UCSB Students!


Have anything to donate? Moving-in can also be a great time to purge unwanted and unneeded items. Take the time to research organizations that may need your “trash” and will turn it into “treasure” for someone in need.

Be sure to check out these and other stores in the area:

Goodwill 302 West Carrillo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 899-3807

The Salvation Army 4849 Hollister Avenue Goleta, CA 93111


The GIVE Sale in June T

his annual event is held during move-out week every June and is provides the opportunity for you to donate any items and purchase used items as well. Donation centers are placed near the residence halls for your convenience. UCSB Housing and Residential Services puts on this event to reduce the amount of waste produced during move-out and donates to local charities. For more information on the GIVE Sale click here: GIVE Sale Youtube Video and visit www.

Zero-Waste Move-Out

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CSB H&RS is committed to reducing the amount of waste from residence hall moveout by placing recycling containers throughout campus every June. Be sure to begin planning your move-out and maybe donating a couple of items to reduce your waste and help us have a zero waste move-out!

GIVE Sale Picture




hile living in the UCSB Residence Halls, you will obtain a meal plan at the UCSB Dining Commons. UCSB Residential Dining Services is actively doing its part to provide you with sustainable food choices. Likewise, there are a few simple things you can do as well to reduce the eco-footprint of your meal.

1. Take Only What You Need UCSB Residential Dining Services has adopted an earth-friendly “tray-less� dining standard, also making it easier to control your portions. However, we would like to remind you that a being mindful about building well-portioned meal is the key to not only a healthier meal, but also a more sustainable one. Here is the USDA new MyPlate to help you make healthier decisions.


2. Eat Less Meat

Did you know that it takes 7 times more gallons of water to produce a pound of beef than a pound of tofu? By reducing the amount of beef you consume you will help to conserve resources. If you are vegetarian, try the ovo-lacto-free challenge and please help yourself to all our vegan options. Vegetables

Vegetarian Food at DLG, etc.

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3. Choose Organic

What does organic mean? Organic is a regulated certification of the USDA that excludes the use of any synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, fertilizers, irradiation and genetic modification from food production. Here are some locations on campus besides the Dining Commons where you can find organic choices.

Organic food from dining commons

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4. Voice Your Request UCSB Residential Dining is always looking to improve the quality of sustainable food choices for residents so please don’t hesitate to voice any requests. Click here to visit the H&RS Earth Friendly Dining Website Click here to like the H&RS Earth Friendly Dining Facebook Page

Buying Local

While most of your meals may take place in the Dining Commons, Isla Vista and the city of Santa Barbara also offer a variety of sustainable choices for meals and snacks. The Farmers Market offers a great opportunity to buy some of the freshest snacks around! Located only a short bike ride away, the Isla Vista Co-Op offers reasonably priced foods, products and services that promote a healthier lifestyle and environment. Their produce department exists to provide you with locally grown and organic food options as a means of promoting physical health, environmental sustainability, community prosperity, and local autonomy.


Local Farmers Markets


he Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation that was founded in 1983 to provide California farmers with direct access at landmark locations to market their agricultural products directly to the local community. Our Association of 130 grower members, owned and operated by the members and its board of directors, is committed to helping promote local family farmers, and protecting the environment by sustaining and restoring surrounding greenbelt areas. The SBCFMA continues working diligently to bring the freshest and most nutritious produce our rich local agricultural land has to offer for you and your families. The markets serve to strengthen the local community’s ties and will help to provide weekly events at no cost while enhancing our community’s quality of life. Each week the farmers in the marketplace display a colorful bounty of agricultural products grown right in our backyard. Seasonal diversity is available year round rain or shine. Come. Shop. Socialize. Certified - the only way to buy! Check out the Santa Barbara Farmers Market at the Camino Real Marketpalce Click here to like the SB Farmers Market Facebook Page

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Did you know that one of the most common forms of greenhouse gas emissions come from gasoline automobiles? (Insert Fact)

Reducing Our Impact UCSB Housing & Residential Service (H&RS) is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by maintaining 16 electric vehicles, 14 natural gas cars and trucks and 2 hybrid vehicles, and purchasing bicycles for use by employees.

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09 Alternative Forms of Transportation to Cars

1. Walking

While this may seem like the one of the most obsolete modes of transportation, it is carbon neutral and great for your health. It is possible to walk from one edge of campus to the other in less than 15 minutes and walking to class will provide you with the healthful benefits of recommended daily exercise.

2. Biking

The most common form of transportation used by UCSB students is a bicycle and will allow you to reach all parts of campus within a reasonable time. Whether it’s a beach cruiser or a road bike, don’t forget to buy a lock and park within the designated parking on campus to avoid having it towed. Make sure to register your bike with AS Bicycle Shop on campus at the beginning of the year to increase your chances of recovery if stolen. They can help you with your entire bicycle accessory and repair needs. Visit the AS Website here for more info on biking around campus

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3. Skateboarding

The second most common form of transportation at UCSB is skateboarding. UCSB has recently promoted a balance between bicycles and skateboards by delegating lanes on campus solely for skateboarding.

4. Buses

UCSB provides all students with free access to all of the routes provided by Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (SBMTD). To obtain your free bus sticker pass and save both gas emissions and money, go to the AS Ticket Office at the beginning of each quarter to ride the bus around beautiful Santa Barbara for free!

For schedules, maps and even an interactive trip planner, please visit:


5. Carpooling

You likely will meet other students at UCSB that may come from the same area as your hometown. With a little bit of planning with other students, trips back home during free weekends and breaks can potentially become both cheaper and have less of an impact. While here at UCSB you can also use these online ridesharing resources to plan commutes both locally and back home:

5. Zipcar

Feel like you still need a car while at UCSB but want to avoid paying expenses such as registration and insurance fees? ZipCar offers students for only $35/ year to Get 24/7 access to Zipcars parked right on campus! Simply reserve online, let yourself in with your Zipcard and drive. Their low hourly and daily rates always include gas and insurance. You can even schedule Ziptrips using Zimride.

Santa Rosa Zip Car

Isla Vista Zip Car




UCSB Housing and Residential Services encourages residents to reduce our landfill footprint by Reusing, Reducing and Recycling. Here are some tips on how you can use the 3 R’s to reduce your landfill footprint.

Some Things you can Reuse: Plastic Utensils Plastic Containers Paper- Use a blank side of a page to print or to jot down notes Notebooks – Tear out the used pages and reuse the others. Water Bottles Paper and Plastic Bags Aluminum Foil For an interesting read and many some creative ideas on how to reuse-everything, check out this helpful link:


Buying Secondhand

Price is what you pay, value is what you get. When you buy a used item, you not only keep it away from the landfill but also spare new resources from being used. Here are some places where you can Reuse by buying Used.

Some Things you can Reduce: 1. Single use cups, lids, bottles Use a reusable mug or water bottle 2. Bags Bring your own bag everywhere 3. Paper Napkins & Towels Use fewer of them or use cloth rags instead 4. Paper Use scrap paper whenever possible 5. New Books Buy used, borrow, or rent

Reusable Bottle (w/UCSB logo?) Reusable Bag (w/UCSB logo?)


Where Should I Place My Waste? In your room, there are two conveniently placed bins which are emptied out by staff. One is grey and is to be used for Landfilling and the other is blue for Recycling. There are E-waste bins located at various residence halls and Hazardous waste should be taken to the proper facilities, see number 11 in Map. The posters on the following page can help you actively decide where you should place your different kinds of waste. Multiple pics of recycling containers or 1-2 of new one at Santa Rosa

Multiple pics of recycling containers or 1-2 of new one at Santa Rosa

Multiple pics of recycling containers or 1-2 of new one at Santa Rosa

Multiple pics of recycling containers or 1-2 of new one at Santa Rosa


DO use this bin for: Metal

Aluminum cans Tin foil Paper clips Staples...

Plastics Clean food containers Plates Bottles Plastic Bags

All paper Newspapers Magazines...

Cardboard Cereal boxes Boxes...

Glass Bottles

DO NOT use this bin for: Food waste or compost Styrofoam Flammable materials/ hazardous Waste (take to Environmental Health & Safety on weekends)

Paper towels or tissues Liquids e-waste


DO use this garbage bin for: Styrofoam

Cups Plates Containers Packaging materials...

Wrappers & Bags Candy wrappers ZiplocsTM Chips & snack bags...

Dirty food containers Condiment packages Straws Cellophane wrap...

Used tissues & paper towels Food scraps Fruit peels Unfinished food...

DO NOT use this garbage bin for: Clean recyclables Metals Plastics Paper Cardboard Glass‌

Flammable materials/hazardous waste (take to Environmental Health & Safety on weekends)

Syringes/sharps E-waste (take to your community center or laundry)

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Water & Power

Conserving Water and Power


Learning these habits could save energy and water. Here are a few tips to reduce your water and energy consumption while living in the UCSB Residence Halls.

Computer Energy Saving Tips: 1. Reduce how much you print out

Printers can use up 450 watts of power while printing. Instead try to use e-documents. Or, if it’s short, write it down on scrap paper.

2. Enable the sleep/standby mode

Or turn it off when not in use since the average laptop can consume 50-150watts when in use but only 1-5watts in sleep/standby mode.

3. Don’t use a screen saver

Screen Savers mode can consume just as much energy as when the computer is in use.

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Conserving Energy in Your Room

Turn everything off when you leave

When you leave your room, turn off lights, TVs, computers, and anything else that is plugged in. This will help conserve energy that you don’t really need to use when you are not in the room. You can save Hundreds of watts of power by doing this!

Conserve by using power strips

Save even more electricity by using power strips to plug everything in (sold at the UCen). Switch off the power strip when you are not using the appliances plugged into it. This will reduce the amount of “vampire electricity”- That’s the energy appliances suck even when they’re off!

Use LED or Compact Fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs LED lights provide the most efficiency while CFL’s are more efficient at producing light than incandescent. LED/CF lights in dorms

LED/CF lights in dorms

LED/CF lights in dorms

21 Look for Energy Star electronic products These products are guaranteed to save you energy versus noncertified products.

Use cold water to wash your clothes You can do this by selecting “Bright Colors� on coin-operated machines. According to, hot water heating accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes. Only 10% goes toward the electricity used by the washer motor. Cold Setting on washer in dorm

Use rechargeable batteries They will save you money over time and save virgin materials for new batteries.


Conserving Water Here are a number of ways to conserve water while living in the UCSB Residence Halls:

1. Take Shorter Showers Each minute uses 1.6 gallons of water, plus the energy to heat the water. Shower Coachespictured to the right can be used to time your shower and are available at

2. Turn off water while brushing teeth. Water left running down the drain unnecessarily could be conserved.

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Resources and Map


Buying Green Here at UCSB Housing and Residential Services, we take care to use our purchasing to increase the demand of more sustainable choices. You can also do the same by buying green products that reduce your carbon footprint while increasing the demand for these products.


Use your laptop or e-tablet to type up digital notes to save paper and money that would be used on notebooks. Purchase 100% Recycled Notebooks and other high-recycled content products.

Cleaning Look for “chemical free”, “non-toxic”, or “biodegradable” products. Buy a Reusable Water Bottle & Coffee Mug Fill your bottle with water from the filtered water Hydration Stations in the residence halls. Plus, if you bring your mug to certain coffee shops they’ll offer you a discount.

Additional Green Habits Use Reusable bags when possible. Think twice about using a UCSB bookstore plastic bag and carry a reusable one. Recycle your readers at the end of the quarter. Take the extra couple seconds to find a recycle bin to toss that can.

24 Green Resources & Map Getting involved is not only fun, but also a great way to meet new friends while living and studying here at UCSB. Whether you’re into gardening or recycling, here are a few resources. The following locations listed below are those that have been mentioned throughout the green guide and are color coded by their section.

Downtown Santa Barbara: 1.Goodwill- West Carrillo 2.Salvation Army- Hollister

Goleta+IV+Campus: 1. UCSB Housing and Residential Services 2. Portola Dining Commons 3. Carrillo Dining Commons 4. Ortega Dining Commons 5. De La Guerra Dining Commons 6. IV Co-op 7. Farmers Market (Marketplace Drive) 8. Zip Car: Pardall Gardens 9. Recycling Station (Behind IV Market) 10. Recycling Station (Goleta at Albertsons) 11. Envi. Health and Safety and Community Hazwaste Drop-off

25 12. AS Offices 13. UCEN Bookstore 14. Greenhouse behind Harder Stadium 15. Community Garden in IV 16. Community Garden at Storke Apartments 17. Community Garden at West Campus 18. AS Green Campus 19. UCSB Henley Gate (East Gate) 20. Central Bus Loop (near North Hall) 21. AS Recycling 22. AS Bike Shop 23. Environmental Studies/Bren Hall 24. Coastal Fund Office by the Multicultural Center 25. Bioswale at Manzanita 26. LEED SCV Tour (San Clemente Housing Office) 27. Restored Wetlands (CCBER) at San Clemente Apartments 28. Restored Wetlands (CCBER) at Manzanita 29. CCBER Office 30. Zip Car: Lot 23 31. Zip Car: Santa Rosa 32. Zip Car: Lot 14 33. Community Gardens at Mesa and Los Carneros


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