UC Davis, University of California

Guide to Residence Hall Life


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Vision Statements

Student Housing and Dining Services Mission Statement

Student Housing’s mission is to provide living, dining and academic support services that facilitate a successful transition to the UC Davis community and foster ongoing learning and life-skill development.

Student Housing and Dining Services Sustainability Commitment Statement

The University of California’s Sustainable Practices policy provides a strong framework for the continued development of sustainable practices. The definition of sustainability is “to meet the current population’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs,” Brundtland Commission (1987). Student Housing and Dining Services at UC Davis is dedicated to this effort and strives to be a model program for the integration of sustainable practices. We are committed to developing and maintaining healthful educational living and working environments while fully integrating sustainable practices.

Guiding Principles

  • Institutionalize sustainable practices such as: green building design, clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable building operations, recycling and waste management, sustainable food services, sustainable water systems and more.
  • Use the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system as a guide for new construction projects, renovation projects and ongoing maintenance of facilities.
  • Educate residents and staff through presentations, involvement, work groups and the development of living- learning environments.
  • Collaborate with campus organizations such as Utilities and Solid Waste.
  • Integrate sustainability into departmental business practices and long term planning.
  • Model sustainable practices to residents and staff.

The Commitment Statement and You

  • You can take action to contribute to UC Davis’ sustainability efforts. For more information on Student Housing and Dining Services sustainability efforts and actions you can take, please visit housing.ucdavis.edu/sustainability.

Take Action: Save Water

  • Take efficient showers
  • Turn off the faucet when not using the water (i.e. while brushing your teeth or shaving)
  • Use the washing machine for full loads only
  • Report leaks using Student Housing and Dining Service's online service request

Take Action: Reduce Waste

  • Practice the six R’s – Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot!
  • Replace single-use items with reusable ones (cups, bags, napkins, to-go containers, etc.)
  • Print double sided or use GOOS (good on one side) paper for printing
  • Use water refill stations on campus
  • Sort your waste properly

Take Action: Save Energy

  • Save energy by using power management features on your computer
  • Turn off and unplug your electronics when not in use
  • Use natural light and switch off lights when you leave a room
  • Use task lighting instead of overhead lighting
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible
  • Wash laundry in cold water and do full loads only
  • Using a drying rack or clothes line instead of a dryer whenever possible

Take Action: Green Cleaning

  • Check-out green cleaning supplies from the Area Service Desk

Take Action: Dine Sustainably

  • Look for sustainable food choices on the menu signage in the dining commons.
  • Try a taste of the meal via tasting spoon before committing to an entire plate.
  • Just ask the chef to customize your meal to your liking i.e. ask for no bun, half portion, no cheese
  • Take only what you plan to eat and finish your plate before getting back up for more
  • Limit napkin use while eat in the Dining Commons
  • Use your SHDS beverage container to fill up on hot or cold beverages in the Dining Commons