Sustainability as a Core Value

At the University of California, Santa Barbara our goals is to approach environmental issues head on and innovate solutions to improve the environment. We use the campus as a living lab and everyone has a role to play in making the campus sustainable. We foster a culture of sustainability through supporting campus-wide efforts, coordinating program development, and publicizing sustainability work by students, staff, and faculty. The environmental movement in the United States began on the coastline surrounding UCSB and we strive to train our students to engage in the processes to advance environmental stewardship not just on campus, but throughout their lives as they go into the workforce after graduation.

Action Today for Tomorrow

2015/2016 Highlights

  • The League of American Bicyclists recognized UCSB as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly University (BFU). The campus has held the designation since 2011, when the awards program first launched.
  • UCSB won a 2016 Best Practice Award in the annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Awards contest presented at CHESC for our partnership with Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District to launch a new route to service campus, Isla Vista and Goleta.
  • UCSB broke ground on a multi-site solar photovoltaic project. In aggregate, this project will deliver over 5 megawatts of onsite renewable energy production at the UCSB main campus.


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