Living Sustainably at UC Santa Cruz
All 10 UC campuses have a goal of Zero Wase by the year 2020.The list below includes some choices every student can make to live sustainably at UCSC:
Bring only energy efficient electrical appliances to campus. Use energy saving mode on computers.
Coordinate the sharing of any appliances (mini-fridge, microwave, printer, etc.) with your roommates.
Remove and recycle all packaging material at home (for printers, computers, etc.) prior to coming to campus. When recycling on campus, follow the instructions at the nearest recycling station regarding separating paper, recyclable containers, and cardboard.
Avoid waste by bringing your belongings in a reusable storage container. Items that you don't immediately need can be stored in these containers (often under one of the beds).
Bring reusable hand towels. Residence hall and apartment bathrooms do not have paper towels.
Purchase energy efficient light bulbs, and don’t forget to turn off lights when you leave the room.
Consider bringing a houseplant (or two). They clean the air.
Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it at the numerous water bottle filling stations around campus (map). Please do not bring single-use plastic water bottles to campus; they go against UCSC's environmental sustainability ethos.
Think eco-friendly products when buying everything from bedding to soap.
Conserve water by taking shorter showers and by turning off water when brushing teeth, washing your face, shaving, etc.