UC Davis, University of California

Guide to Residence Hall Life

2012-2013

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Vision Statements

UC Davis Student Housing Mission Statement

The mission of Student Housing is to provide educational living and dining environments that facilitate a successful transition to UC Davis for new students. Additional housing is provided for continuing students in apartments, living groups and cooperative houses. Student Housing programs are designed to support academic success, leadership development, positive decision making and responsible citizenship.

Student Housing values and creates environments that foster community which are diverse, inclusive, educational, safe, well maintained and environmentally sustainable while achieving a high standard of fiscal responsibility.

Student Housing works in partnerships with campus and community organizations to bring the best educational and community resources to our residents. These partnerships aid the transition process and allow for academic success.

The Mission is further defined by four ongoing objectives:

  • Offering enhanced academic advising and support;
  • Assisting students in becoming active and positive community members within diverse residence hall and campus communities;
  • Providing facilities that are safe and well-maintained; allowing students to have an environment where they can control their privacy and space;
  • Helping students get connected to campus resources.

In addition, Student Housing provides on-campus housing facilities and services to a variety of other student populations and university guests.

Sustainability Commitment Statement

The University of California’s “Policy on Sustainable Practices” provides a strong framework, leadership and empowerment 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 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. The guiding principles for this effort are:

  • Institutionalize sustainable practices such as: energy efficiencies, use of renewable resources, reduction of energy use, use of recycled and recyclable products, reduction of water use, waste reduction and more
  • Use the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system as a guide for new construction projects, renovation projects and on-going maintenance of facilities
  • Educate residents and staff through presentations, work group involvement, focus groups and the development of living learning environments
  • Collaborate with campus organizations such as Utilities, Solid Waste, R4 and the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
  • Integrate sustainability into departmental business practices and long term planning
  • Model sustainable practices to residents and staff

The Commitment Statement And You

As a resident in the Student Housing community, we hope that you will assist in UC Davis’ sustainability efforts. We encourage you to consider the social, economic and environmental impacts of your lifestyle and apply best practices wherever you live, learn or work. Improving sustainability is an achievable goal when you actively participate, lead by example and encourage others.

Recycling:
  • Recycling bins (glass, plastic, and paper) are present in all residence halls and dining facilities.
  • Cardboard recycling bins are located in each housing area.
  • Small bins are located within each room to assist with recycling efforts.
  • Recycling efforts are coordinated with R4 Recycling and Waste Management.
  • Recycling guide: http://r4.ucdavis.edu/publications/ucDavisRecyclingGuide.php
Ideas to help conserve:
  • Turn off faucets while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Use paper on both sides. Use the double-sided option for both printing and copying.
  • If it is trash, put it in the trash can.
  • Keep showers to less than 5 minutes to save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Turn power strips off when the attached items are not in use.
  • Turn off lights when you are not going to be in a room or when they are not needed. Natural and task lighting (i.e., desk lamps) are good alternatives to overhead lighting.
  • When possible, reduce consumption of materials, reuse, recycle and rebuy (purchase products made from recycled material).
  • Always turn television, video game, computer and other electronic equipment off when leaving your room, rather than leaving them on standby.
  • Try to do one thing each day to conserve energy or water. Every little bit helps.