This page provides the UCLA community with ways to get started and take action in creating a more sustainable world.
Where to Shop
Shop secondhand at Craigslist, Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, Depop, and thrift stores.
Buy local at Farmers Markets around LA.
Choose more plants and less meat or dairy
What you eat matters. The global food system is responsible for roughly one-quarter of the planet-warming greenhouse gases each year.
Reducing your meat intake, especially red meat like beef, is the single most impactful effort you can take to reduce your environmental footprint, and it’s good for your health. There are many delicious and nutritious alternatives to make at home or try at the UCLA Dining Halls.
Be sustainable at home and in dining halls
Our Zero Waste Kitchen Companion guides you on how to implement sustainable practices in your kitchen.
In the dining halls, take only what you can eat and drink to help reduce food waste and go tray-less to save water.
Water & Energy
- Take shorter showers with cooler water.
- Only do full loads of laundry.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Install low-flow fixtures and energy and water efficient appliances.
- Conduct a water audit to help make UCLA more water efficient.
- Change your diet to reduce your water footprint. Refer back to the Food section.
- Learn more about droughts and what you can do to help.
- Use less heating and A/C. A good rule of thumb is to set the thermostat to 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter.
- Wash your laundry on cold and hang dry instead of using a dryer.
- Turn off everything before you leave. Use power strips and switch them off when they are not in use.
- Enable standby or sleep mode on your computer.
- Replace bulbs with LED lights that can save up 80% more electricity.
See Something, Say Something
Some issues to look out for include:
- Outdoor Lights that are on during the day (other than parking lights)
- Leaking water fixtures: sprinklers, faucets, toilets, showers, water fountains
- Classrooms or lecture halls that are too hot/cold
- Overshooting water fountains
- Flickering lights
- Rodents, pests, or bees
- Overflowing garbage cans
- Graffiti or tagging
Public transportation is one of the most cost-effective and reliable forms of sustainable transportation regardless of how far you live from campus.
UCLA Transportation subsidizes transit pass costs for seven transit agencies for eligible UCLA students and employees. Those who are new to riding transit may be eligible for a free quarterly Bruin Commuter Transit pass.
Walk or Scooter
For those who live on or near campus, walking, skateboarding, or scootering around campus is the most popular and effective way to get around.
UCLA has partnered with Lyft, Bird, and Wheels to bring e-scooters to campus.
Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability by becoming Green Lab Certified.
Download lab recycling and composting signage for your waste bins.
Adopt the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry to create a more sustainable lab space.
Utilize this Freezer Maintenance Guide to use space and energy more efficiently.
For general environmental safety inquiries: (310) 825-5689
Funding Through TGIF
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is a $200,000 annual grant-making fund for student-initiated sustainability projects on UCLA’s campus, like installing solar panels at Ackerman and putting on plant care workshops.
Join Sustainability Action Research (SAR) and participate in a student-operated program where students team up with campus stakeholders to research and implement actionable solutions to sustainability issues.
Participate in the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (LAGC) which pairs faculty, researchers, students, and collaborators to pursue innovative research projects aimed at addressing energy, water, and ecosystem health in LA County.
Apply to become a volunteer intern with the UCLA Office of Sustainability and help on a variety of projects around campus.
Whether you are interested in beekeeping, climate policy, or environmental justice, there is a student organization for you.
Sustainability Task Force
Join a sustainability task force at UCLA to inform sustainability policies on campus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.