In addition to the academic and operational initiatives UCLA also has many outreach and co-curricular programs related to sustainability. These include over 15 undergraduate and graduate student organizations focused on sustainability, peer-to-peer educational programs for students and staff, trainings and orientations, sustainability tours, a comprehensive Green Office Program, and more. The university also works closely with the City of Los Angeles and surrounding communities to make policy recommendations on creating a more sustainable region, and collaborating to grow the green economy through Cleantech Los Angeles and the LA Clean Tech Incubator.
Cleantech Los Angeles
Nationally, UCLA collaborates with other campuses through AASHE and shares best practices through the annual statewide CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference and the national AASHE Conference. UCLA’s Chief Sustainability Officer serves on the national STARS Steering Committee, and the Steering Committee for the CA conference, as well as chairing a regional organization of sustainability officers in higher education and in business. UCLA is asked to present as a leader in sustainability at numerous local conferences and internationally. Every year UCLA is included in the Princeton Reviews guide to Green Colleges (colleges that score high enough on their assessment). UCLA is also included annually in the Sierra Club Cool Schools report (with the exception of 2012 where an error in data collection by Sierra resulted in UCLA and UC Santa Barbara being left out- both leading campuses in sustainability). In 2009 UCLA was listed as Top 10. Click here for other awards in sustainability and here for more information about our initiatives.