On-Campus Housing

On-Campus Housing has over 20 different buildings dedicated to residential living, so operations that reduce waste, energy, and water consumption are essential to minimize the impacts of nearly 13,000 students living on the Hill. We encourage students to participate in making on-campus housing a more sustainable place to live. Check out our Green Guide to Sustainable Living for ways to minimize your impact while living on campus.


Initiatives

Solar Water Heating

Nearly all residential high-rise buildings have solar-assisted domestic hot water heating panels to reduce the amount of natural gas needed to heat hot water. Combined, the high-rise systems are able to heat and store more than 15,000 gallons of solar-heated water.

Since the boilers don’t have to heat the water nearly as much, the buildings with these systems use much less natural gas than they would without the solar assisted heating. These gas savings prevents almost 300 metric tons of CO2 from being emitted into the environment each year and saves UCLA over $20,000 annually.

LEED Buildings

Increasing building density and the number of LEED certified buildings helps reduce our environmental impacts. There are 7 on-campus buildings with LEED certification of Gold or Platinum.

Lighting & HVAC

Lighting throughout the Hill and Guest House is undergoing a retrofit to LED bulbs. Based on current installations, more than 6,000 light bulbs have been replaced, saving an estimated 1.4 million kWh of electricity annually—enough to power nearly 150 homes for a year. In addition old heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units are being replaced to improve efficiency.

Irrigation Systems

On-Campus Housing Maintenance has installed a centralized irrigation control system that adjusts watering schedules based on weather data and landscape type to prevent over-watering. Currently 24 smart controllers are installed with the ability to add more.

More than 30% of the irrigation system on the Hill has been replaced with high-efficiency drip irrigation systems. Drip irrigation works by emitting water to a targeted area, allowing water to sink below the surface to plant root systems. This is in contrast to typical sprinklers, which result in water loss through evaporation. The drip systems are complemented by a 4″–6″ layer of mulch to retain soil moisture and prevent seedlings from sprouting.

Clothes Donations

Each year, the Office of Residential Life sponsors a clothing and goods drive during finals week in June to help students lighten their loads when moving out. Southern California-based charities benefit from the donations while Housing & Hospitality diverts waste from the landfill.

Living Community

Apply to join the Sustainability Living Learning Community (LLC). This community provides a living and learning environment that encourages students to consciously expand their awareness and apply their knowledge of sustainability through environmental responsibility and advocacy. They focus on the social, economic, political, and scientific issues affecting our Earth’s urban, rural, and global environment. The Sustainability LLC is located in Rieber Hall.