The GSRC unleashes youth leadership
for community resilience to a changing climate
and cultivates a campus culture of sustainability.

UC Irvine is committed to preparing the next generation of
thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to help the world
meet its profound environmental and social justice challenges.

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About the Global Sustainability
Resource Center (GSRC)


The GSRC unleashes youth leadership for community resilience to a changing climate and cultivates a campus culture of sustainability. This pursuit informs our students’ academics, career choices, and ways of life. As the University of California steps up as a global force for climate resilience, GSRC enables UC Irvine students to shape this legacy.
The GSRC is a hub for students, providing resources, education, and programming to forward environmental balance, economic vitality, and social equity. Students, as well as campus and community partners, are invited to share a platform from which to address the root causes of ecological disruption, deepen understandings of the interdependence of all life, and engage the challenges and solutions of sustainability in a campus, community, and global context.

The GSRC is anchored by a physical resource center offering a host of student services. Students come into the GSRC via our outreach programs, internship/fellowship placements, and trainings pathway. Our student and staff team co-creates actions with campus and community partners that build skills and experience along three sustainability pathways:

  • Campus as a Living Lab Pathway
  • Training Pathway
  • Communiversity Pathway

First incubated by former UC Irvine Environment Institute, the Resource Center is now supported by a partnership among the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Division of Undergraduate Education, and the Sustainability Initiative. It is shaped by the input from students, guided by the support of staff, and modeled after many existing sustainability resource centers at other University of California campuses. GSRC enjoys a working partnership with the Student Housing Sustainability Program.


What’s Happening Now

Advanced Community Resilience Organizing Seminar

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2018 UC Food and Climate Fellows Leadership Training

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2018 Costa Rica Program applications now open!

2018 UCI Costa Rica Program applications now open! Experience a global sustainability and cultural immersion program! This program is designed to increase culture competence and global leadership development around topics of environmental sustainability. Click the [...]

How To Get Involved

15459463690_d34553c44f_z-2At UC Irvine, we have many sustainability projects open to students and we’re always interested in hearing new ideas.

Click on the titles below for more information on existing programs.


Campus as a Living Lab Pathway

The purpose of the campus as a living lab pathway is to provide students with practical experience, training, and exposure to a range of projects that increase the sustainability of our campus’s physical operations and systems. The desired outcome is for students to know how to use their hands and conduct applied research to meet actual needs.

Please e-mail for more information on upcoming opportunities.

Communiversity Pathway

The communiversity concept emerges from the SERES Leadership Center in Guatemala, a GSRC community partner. As it manifests in our partnership, the communiversity is a place and set of activities in which scholars and communities together lead the sustainability shift. The purpose of the communiversity pathway is to provide students and youth counterparts in partner communities with practical experience, training, and exposure to activities that strengthen the critical lens on local-global solidarity and deepen understanding of the interdependence of all life. The desired outcome is for youth leaders to move with interpersonal agility, compassion, and equity-oriented systems thinking in any setting in which they are bridging across traditional boundaries (cultural, political, national, sectoral, disciplinary). Read about the communiversity programs GSRC and SERES together piloted in 2015 here and here

GSRC has no current international communiversity opportunities. For international immersion programs offered through other campus units related to sustainability, see:

GSRC’s current communiversity opportunities focus on building community climate resilience in U.S. domestic settings, especially on the UC Irvine campus and together with community partners in Orange County. Read more about UCI’s Community Resilience Projects to learn how to get involved. Our invitation for collaboration extends broadly to student leaders, staff, faculty, and community members who are engaged in work for racial and social equity and/or sustainability.

Sustainability Co-Curricular Working Group 

The UCI Sustainability Co-Curricular Working Group (SCWG) is a diverse group of campus representatives that include students, staff and faculty. SCWG puts together programs and opportunities for students to extend their sustainability education outside the classroom.

Would you like to get involved with UCI’s Sustainability Co-Curricular Working Group? Contact Rachel Harvey at

Training Pathway

Trainings offered throughout the year offer students a unique experience to learn outside the classroom.


G464 (Fourth Floor, Student Center South)

11 am – 3 pm
Friday by appointment only

(949) 824-5947

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