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University Centers is guided by UC San Diego’s Principles of Sustainability and is committed to environmentally friendly practices in day-to-day operations as well as capital improvement projects.

We are working toward zero waste. Highlights include:

  • The Sustainability Resource Center on level 1 of Price Center West is LEED Gold Certified and hosts a variety of events and programs enhancing collaboration among students, staff and faculty
  • Price Center East expansion project, completed in 2008 received a LEED silver equivalent rating for sustainable elements and construction practices
  • Price Center is part of a University-wide solar energy program which generates 1 megawatt of clean electricity
  • More than 90% of custodial cleaning products are certified “green”, and new sustainable cleaning practices continue to be researched
  • As of February 2017, 6,172 lb of food waste has been composted by Resource Management Group
  • Price Center uses the single stream recycling program—various types of recyclables are collected in single bin
  • Recycling bins on all levels and in all offices at Price Center and Student Center
  • University Centers uses a minimum of 50% recycled paper for copiers and printers
  • Water-filling stations throughout Price Center
  • Flow sensor faucets and low flow faucets in Price Center restrooms
  • Food vendors provide eco-friendly packaging and are encouraged to use Fair Trade products
  • Cooking grease from restaurants is collected and properly recycled



Sustainable Food Expo  

An annual event--the Sustainable Food Expo happens every fall at Price Center. The event is free and open to all, bringing together sustainably-focused organizations and business with the San Diego Community for a day of learning, exploring, and food-related fun! 


If your organization is interested in hosting a booth at the next Sustainable Food Expo, please read through the Mission Statement below, and complete the online registration.

 Mission Statement:

The UC San Diego Sustainable Food Expo seeks to inform students and the community about sustainable food solutions. The expo presents vendors, best practices and ideas about preserving the environment, nourishing our bodies and enhancing socially just food systems. Topics covered include nutrition, health, gardening, agriculture, food insecurity  and other areas that impact the food chain. We explore relevant challenges and seek to highlight practical solutions.
Meet with local food providers and others who impact food and health policy.  Originally held in conjunction with Food Day celebrations throughout the United States, the Expo has become a favorite UC San Diego tradition, typically held in the Fall harvest season.
Register to be an exhibitor:


Starbucks Sustainability Grant

One to five grants are available each year, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, to assist UC San Diego students with research or learning projects related to sustainable food production and distribution, resource conservation, or agricultural environmental practices.

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Starbucks Grant