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Sustainable 2nd Century

Sustainable 2nd Century

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Student Involvement

History of proactive students

Members of the Student Alumni Association volunteer to beautify Davis' bike paths.

Whether learning or leading, UC Davis students are at the core of campus sustainability efforts.

The Bike Barn, Student Farm and the Unitrans bus system are just a few of the innovative campus services founded by students, or created in close coordination with student leaders decades agoProject Compost and the Salad Bowl Garden are two more recent, student-led sustainability efforts. These projects and services enrich campus life and make daily operations more environmentally friendly.

The Baggins End and Tri-Cooperatives student housing communities offer hands-on sustainable living opportunities to students. The next generation of sustainable living and learning housing is being planned by the Sustainable Living/Learning Taskforce.

Learning and innovating

Faculty are developing a growing number of active learning and service learning courses related to sustainablity, as well as new majors such as Sustainable Environmental Design and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Pursuing a sustainability course or major helps prepare students to be sustainability leaders and have the sustainability literacy needed to be engaged and informed citizens in the 21st century.

Powering the movement

Student workers, interns and volunteers also help power much of the campus's sustainability-focused systems, from recycling to student housing programs. Working for sustainable campus operations or joining a related student group can provide valuable experience for future professional endeavors.