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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UCI Global Sustainability Resource Center

About the GSRC

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 UCI Community Resilience Projects. 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.

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
  • Global Engagement and Immersion Pathway

Pathways and 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.

Training Pathway

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

Global Engagement and Immersion Pathway

The purpose of the global engagement and immersion 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 a local-global solidarity and deepen their understanding of the interdependence of all life. The desired outcome is for our young people 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 global engagement programs GSRC piloted in 2015 with SERES Leadership Center in Guatemala here and here

Current Programs:

GSRC’s current global engagement and immersion 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.

Student Opportunities

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

Student Opportunities Database

Visit the Student Opportunities Database to view and apply for a wide range of on and off campus jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteering activities. 

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Educational Resources

G464 (Fourth Floor, Student Center South)

11 am – 3 pm
Friday by appointment only

(949) 824-5947

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Student Resources

The following are FREE resources available for students to reserve and use! Learn more by selecting a resource below.

ClearStream Bins
Green Party Kits
Blender Bike
GSRC Library (coming soon)
Ring Road Booth Space (coming soon)
GSRC Room Meeting Space (coming soon)

GSRC News and Updates

EarthReps Winter Speaker Series

EarthReps Winter 2019 Speaker Series for Leadership and Professional Development During Winter Quarter 2019, UCI Housing Sustainability is pleased to host engaging panelists working on pressing social and environmental issues on campus and around Orange County. Speakers will share about their sustainability career paths, current issues, lessons for aspiring planners [...]

UC Million LED Challenge

UC Million LED Challenge The University of California has initiated the Million LED Challenge, to provide high-quality LED bulbs to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and retirees at affordable prices! The bulbs sold through the challenge are roughly 46% less than the same bulbs from online competitors. The goal of this challenge is [...]

Paid Fellowship Opportunity: Environmental Planning & Sustainability Fellow

Paid Fellowship Opportunity: Environmental Planning & Sustainability Fellow Winter Quarter 2019 The Office of Environmental Planning & Sustainability is now accepting applications for a part-time fellow. This is a paid position sponsored by the UC Office of the President with special assignment supporting the UCI Green Labs program. [...]