Welcome Class of 2023!

Live in our on-campus residence halls and eat in our dining halls next year! After you Submit Your Intent to Register (SIR), you can apply to live in the residence halls!


The Carbon Neutrality Initiative is a UC-wide initiative to be carbon neutral by 2025.

Take Action: Be Carbon Neutral

  • Prior to moving into the residence halls, coordinate with roommates on what to bring so energy-consuming items such as refrigerators, microwaves, TV's, etc., can be shared
  • Leave the printer at home and use the computer centers for your printing needs
  • Bring Energy Star Rated electronics/appliances that consume less 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
  • Open a window if the temperature outside is more desirable then the temperature inside and turn off the heating/air conditioning at the same time
  • 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
  • Participate in the Energy and Water Challenge
  • Submit your tips by emailing sustainablehousing@ucdavis.edu

Student Housing and Dining Services Best Practices

In the Residence Halls

  • Energy saving CFL bulb in all task lights
  • Smart thermostats that reduce energy use when the room is unoccupied
  • Thermostat controls to allow user control in an efficient range
  • Operable windows in the rooms for resident comfort
  • Natural lighting in common areas in the newer buildings
  • Energy-efficient lighting to include daylighting and occupancy sensors in common areas
  • Energy Star rated appliances in the community kitchens
  • Energy Star rated washing machines
  • Solar photovoltaic panels that provide energy to the campus grid on four Student Housing and Dining Services buildings
  • Solar thermal systems that use solar energy to heat water on two Student Housing and Dining Services buildings
  • White roofs to reduce heating and cooling loads
  • New building projects are designed to outperform CBC energy-efficiency by at least 30 percent

In the Dinning Commons

  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Energy-efficient kitchen appliances
  • Occupancy sensors installed in low-occupancy areas
  • Energy management software to control lighting and HVAC systems

For more information