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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 are 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 become familiar with the resources that can help you 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 & Residential 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 to see the UCSB Sustainability Plan





Moving in and out can be messy. Clean it up and go green with these tips for a low-waste experience.

Choosing organic and healthy options is easy at the dining commons and in the surrounding community.

Moving In/Out






Biking, busing, or Zipping, there are plenty of green ways to make your way around UCSB.

Recycling is a big part of being green, and there are plenty of places to properly dispose of your waste at UCSB.



water & power

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Conserving water and power is important. Flip the switch on excess usage with these tips.

Still looking for more info? Follow the map to find out who to talk to and where to go.

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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 you money!

Save Money by Reusing Packaging Borrow plastic containers for packing and transporting, reducing the number of boxes and the amount of tape you’ll 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 ( 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 take your “trash” and will turn it into a “treasure” for someone in need.

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

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

The Salvation Army 4849 Hollister Goleta, CA 93111 (805) 964-8738


The GIVE Sale in June T

his annual event is held during move-out week every June and provides the opportunity for residents to donate and purchase used items. Donation centers are placed near residence halls and university apartments for your convenience. The GIVE Sale aims to reduce the amount of waste produced during move-out and donates to local charities. Do your part to work toward a zero-waste move-out!

For more information on the GIVE Sale click here.

Zero-Waste Move-Out


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




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, making it easier to control your portions. However, we would like to remind you that being mindful about building well-portioned plate is the key to not only a healthier meal, but also a more sustainable one. Click on the new USDA MyPlate to the right to help you make healthier decisions.

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2. Eat Less Meat

Did you know that it takes seven times as many 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 ovolacto-free challenge and try some of the vegan options at the dining commons. Vegetables Fruit Grain Chicken Pork Beef


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3. Choose Organic

What does organic mean? Organic is a USDA certification that regulates the use of any synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, fertilizers, irradiation, and genetic modification in food production. There are many locations on campus in addition to the Dining Commons where you can find organic choices.

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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 provides UCSB students and the surrounding community with locally grown and organic food options to promote physical health, environmental sustainability, community prosperity, and local autonomy.


Local Farmers Markets


he Gaucho Certified Farmers Market offers staff, students, faculty, and the local community access to fresh, locally grown produce & artisan goods. Wednesdays from 11-3pm, Lot 23. By defining “local� as anything grown or produced in the Tri-County area (Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo), the market promotes the rich bounty of the Central Coast. We will have farmers and artisans tabling to offer education and insight into sustainable food production. We will also invite student, staff and faculty groups to table with information on a variety of ways to be sustainable.


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. We promote local family farmers, and protect the environment by sustaining and restoring surrounding greenbelt areas. The SBCFMA works diligently to bring the freshest and most nutritious produce our rich local agricultural land has to offer to you and your families.

Check out the Santa Barbara Farmers Market at the Camino Real Marketplace Click here to like the SB Farmers Market Facebook Page Thursdays 3-6:00pm

Sundays 10am-2pm



Did you know that one of that in 2011, the transportation industry accounted for 28% of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions?

Reducing Our Impact

UCSB Housing & Residential Services is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by maintaining more than 20 electric vehicles, 14 natural gas cars and trucks, several hybrid vehicles, and bicycles for use by employees and student workers.

09 Alternative Forms of Transportation to Cars

1. Walking

While this may seem like the one of the most obsolete modes of transportation, walking is carbon neutral and great for your health. You can walk from one end 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 for UCSB students is biking. Biking allows you to reach all parts of campus within a reasonable amount of time. Whether it’s a beach cruiser or a road bike, don’t forget to buy a lock and park within designated bike racks on campus to avoid having it towed. Also, register your bike with the AS Bicycle Shop on campus at the beginning of the year to increase your chances of recovery if stolen. In addition to registration, they can also help you with all of your bicycle accessory and repair needs.

Visit the AS Website here for more info on biking around campus


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 every bus route provided by the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (SBMTD). Obtain your free bus sticker pass at the AS Ticket Office at the beginning of each quarter to ride the bus around beautiful Santa Barbara for free while reducing carbon dioxide emmissions and saving money!

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


5. Carpooling

You will likely meet other students at UCSB that 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 environmental impact. 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 expensive registration and insurance fees? ZipCar offers students 24/7 access to Zipcars parked right on campus for only $35/year! Simply reserve online, let yourself in with your Zipcard, and drive. Their low hourly and daily rates always include gas and insurance. UCSB’s campus Zipcar is located in parking lot 23 outside San Rafael Residence Hall.




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 some creative ideas on how to reuse almost anything, 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. Instead of...Single use cups, lids, bottles Use a reusable mug or water bottle 2. Instead of...Paper or plastic bags Bring your own bag everywhere 3. Instead of...Paper Napkins & Towels Use fewer of them or use cloth rags instead 4. Instead of...Paper Use scrap paper whenever possible 5. Instead of...New Books Buy used, borrow, or rent


Where Should I Place My Waste? In your room, there are two conveniently placed bins which are emptied out by staff. The gray bin is designated for landfill waste and the 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 on the map). The posters on the following pages can help you actively decide where you should place your different kinds of waste.

This recycling container at Santa Rosa Residence Hall is made from 1,869 recycled milk jugs.

No Tim, glass goes into the commingled recycling container!


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)

(batteries, CDs, videotapes, appliances)



Water & Power


Conserving Water and Power

Learning these habits will 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 something short, write it down on scrap paper.

2. Enable sleep/standby mode

For even more savings, turn your computer off when you’re not using it. The average laptop can consume 50-150 watts when in use, but only 1-5 watts in sleep/standby mode.

3. Don’t use a screen saver

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

Online Resources:


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” used – 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.

21 Look for Energy Star electronic products These products are guaranteed to save you more energy than non-certified 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.


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 needed to heat the water. Shower Coaches, like the one pictured to the right, can be used to time your showers and are available at

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

Resources and Map


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


Use your laptop or tablet to type notes to save paper and money. Purchase 100% Recycled Notebooks and other high-recycled content products.

Cleaning Look for “chemical free”, “non-toxic”, or “biodegradable” products. Buy a reusable waterbottle & 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 in 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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