UC San Diego Ranks Among America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy!

Environment America, a partner organization to CALPIRG here at UC San Diego, recently released a report detailing how college campuses rank in clean energy. UC San Diego ranked among America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy!

While some campuses are well on the way to 100 percent renewable energy, others are leading the renewable energy transition by purchasing their electricity from off-campus renewable energy projects — an important option for campuses without the space or resources to make on-campus renewable energy viable. Below are the rankings released by Environment America, listing UC San Diego at #4.

Top Five Schools for Renewable Electricity Purchased from Off-Campus Sources per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Student

RankSchoolElectricity per FTE Student (MMBtu)
1George Washington
2American University7.5
3Luther College5.1
4University of California,
San Diego
5Skidmore College3.4

The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., leads surveyed campuses nationwide for purchasing renewable electricity from off-campus projects. In conjunction with American University and the George Washington University Hospital, the university purchases electricity from large, off-campus solar arrays to cover 53 percent of its electricity consumption.

For UC San Diego, these are some exciting statistics as the UCs continue to strive to be more sustainable campuses.

2019 UC San Diego Sustainability Awardees

On behalf of the Advisory Committee on Sustainability,

UC San Diego Sustainability proudly announces the

2019 UC San Diego Sustainability Awardees


Luke Vickrey


Pinpoint Café


UC San Diego Health Facilities Engineering


Dr. Keith Pezzoli


Zack Osborn


Quiana Stodder


Food Recovery Network

The Sustainability Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 9 at The Loft.

Doors open at 3pm.  Ceremony begins at 3:30pm.  Reception with refreshments at 4:30pm.

Formal invitation to follow.

Below is a complete list of all 2019 nominees.  Congratulations to all!


Lou Shrinkle

Luke Vickrey

Ravi Bajaj


Amazon@UC San Diego


Caroline’s Seaside Cafe


Jamba Juice

New England Biolabs

Pinpoint Cafe

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design

Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions

Library Sustainability Committee

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Department

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Marine Sciences

UC San Diego Health Facilities Engineering Building & Plant Operations


Carolyn Kurle

Jan Kleissl

Keith Pezzoli

Sarah Stockwell

Ram Ramanathan

Fonna Forman

Samantha Murray


Allyson Long (2018 Award Recipient)

Anthony Singleton

Ben Frable

Carissa McMasters

Chris Johnson

Colin Moynihan

Ian Nicastro

Jonathan Biltucci

Kyle Haines

Mark Ortiz

Matthew Correia

Mona Powell

Paul Roben

Risa Farrell

Sarah Heim

Yudell Reiz

Zack Osborn


Alexus Carter

Angela Berti

Bryant Jew

Christy Schultius

Hung Nguyen

Enid Partika

Jenni Brandon

Jerry Zhu

Kaitlin Creamer

Katie Oberman

Laura Lilly

Maggie Zhu

Quiana Stodder

Roxy Montalvo

Tanner Gillialand-Swetland

Will Tanaka


Alternative Breaks: Sustainability

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Food Recovery Network

Green Building Council at UCSD

Sustainability Ambassadors Program

Student Sustainability Collective

Warren Grow

UC San Diego’s 4th Annual Wellness Fair!

On Wednesday, March 27th 2019, UC San Diego Housing • Dining • Hospitality in partnership with UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine, Human Resources, Recreation, Global Health, School of Medicine, and UC San Diego Health held their 4th annual Wellness Fair in Revelle Plaza. The event was free for all UC San Diego staff, faculty, and students to attend and focused on exploring the healing power of food and other dimensions of wellness. This zero-waste event included a variety of workshops, fitness classes, health screenings, and education sessions from campus and community organizations as well as lots of vendor giveaways! Attendees were also invited to enjoy a complimentary meal from UC San Diego Catering, who were introducing items from their new anti-inflammatory menu.

Many sustainability organizations across campus took part in the zero waste planning team for this event. Participants, Catering, Vendor Fair, and Giveaways achieved a 99%+ waste diversion rate. However, the vendor from which the farmers market produce was ordered had wax-lined cardboard for the Swiss chard (see picture below). Each one of the wax-lined boxes weighed 4-5 lbs, totaling 41.45 lbs. All the 9 other produce items were boxed in recyclable cardboard boxes. HDH plans to work with procurement and dining to help educate the produce vendor to ensure that sustainable cartons are used in the future for this item.

Overall, 219.25 lbs of waste was diverted from the landfill, totaling to 81.1% of all waste produced by this event.

Waste Diversion Stats

Recycling: 74.15 lbs

Compost: 92.65 lbs

Terracycle: 11 lbs

Participant Trash: 2 oz (2 coffee cups, and 5 small cups) 

Vendor Trash: 41.45lbs (9 wax lined cardboard boxes from the Farmers Market Swiss Chard)

Total Waste: 219.25

Waste Diversion Percentage: 81.1% 

However, the University of California Office of the President standards of a zero waste includes 90% waste diversion, which was missed by just under 10%.

WellFest had a total of 440 lbs. of waste, with about the same number of participants, a 50% waste reduction overall!  This was done through concentrated efforts to reduce food waste by lessening the Catering order and making signage such as A-Frames signs reusable as oppose to recyclable or compostable. These are valuable lessons to be learned as UC San Diego continues to iterate large scale zero waste events.