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What Can I Do?

There are so many easy things you can do in your daily routine to live a more sustainable life!


Here's How To Help:


  • Use power strips- appliances use electricity even when they are turned off.
  • Opt for LED bulbs, and turn off the lights when not in use.
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing, shaving, and washing hands—and take shorter showers.
  • Report leaking faucets and sprinklers to Maintenance!
  • Avoid single-use plastic bottles. Use refillable water bottles and fill up around campus at Hydration Locations.
  • Use alternative transportation, including dockless bikes, UCSD shuttles, the bus, Zipcar, biking, and walking. For more visit
  • Check out our Green Living Guide (pdf) for more tips and tricks.


  • With your help, reusing can divert thousands of single-use plastic items from the landfill each year!
  • Choose your meals “for here” to eat on reusable china and utensils.
  • Bring your own cup to Dining Services locations for a 20-cent discount, and bring your own bag for a 5-cent discount.
  • Buy items secondhand! Check out the UCSD Friends Resale Shop.


  • Recycling is actually just as easy as throwing something in the trash- help the environment by recycling your items (pdf)!

  • Green Outlet Program

    • Through the Green Outlet Program, you can recycle materials that cannot go into single-stream recycling (and would otherwise go to the landfill). Check with your Reslife office to see if they offer this program. If they don’t, contact us!

    • These items are accepted:
      • Batteries
      • Air packaging cushions
      • Writing instruments (pens, pencils, markers, etc.)
      • Water filters (any size)
      • Electronic waste (cellphones, cords, etc.)
      • Ink cartridges
  • Keep electronics, lead, and other toxic metals out of UC San Diego trash by properly disposing it. A comprehensive list of what you can recycle (and how) is located on BLINK.