The SRC 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 Sustainability Resource Center (SRC)

The SRC recognizes that the area now known as UC Irvine is within the traditional ancestral homelands of the Tongva (Gabrielino), Serrano, Fernandeno, Cahuilla, Acjachemen (Juaneno), Luiseno (Payoomkawichum), Ipai, Cupeno, Tipai and Mexican peoples. Additionally, these lands have been shaped by Latino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Chinese laborers who have built roads and railroads and worked California crop fields as well as the African Americans in the Civilian Conservation Corps that helped make (southern) California National Parks what they are today.

A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. Orange County, including the site of UC Irvine, is located on the shared territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva native tribes. Indigenous communities and communities of color, both here in southern California and around the world, are often leading the social movement for environmental balance, economic vitality and social justice. We believe these communities have a lot to teach about this topic. Many of these communities are facing economic disparity and injustice, and do not have access to the land and resources necessary to sustain traditional practices. UCI Community Resilience has been working on various projects to bring attention to this injustice and to create strategies to address it.

First incubated by the former UC Irvine Environment Institute, and later through partnerships among the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Division of Undergraduate Education, and UCI Community Resilience, the Sustainability Resource Center (SRC) has flourished. The SRC is shaped by input from students, guided by the support of staff, and modeled after many existing sustainability resource centers at other University of California campuses.

Beginning July 1, 2020, the SRC is housed under the Office of Student Life & Leadership, along with the Cross-Cultural Center, Veteran Services, International Center, and many more programs that support the intellectual, personal, social and professional development of all students. The SRC enjoys a working partnership with the Student Housing Sustainability Program and staff who are co-located at the SRC.

The SRC 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, the SRC enables UC Irvine students to shape this legacy.

The SRC 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 SRC is anchored by a physical resource center offering a host of student services. Students come into the SRC 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

Sustainability Pathways

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.

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 SRC piloted in 2015 with SERES Leadership Center in Guatemala here and here.

Current Programs:

The SRC’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

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

The purpose of the Sustainability Co-Curricular Working Group (SCWG) is to strengthen and streamline integration between the sustainability themed student organizations and departments that serve students represented at UCI. The desired outcome is to create community, coordinate planning, maximize outreach and collaboration, improve communication, and invest in student leadership. We achieve this purpose and desired outcome through monthly coordination meetings comprised of staff or student liaisons from service departments along with an open invitation to student representatives of diverse organizations.

The coordination allows us to:

  1. Create relevant and impactful co-curricular programming.
  2. Plan strategically for key campus events or campaigns such as Earth Week.
  3. Forecast strategically to anticipate challenges and leverage opportunities.
  4. Improve the functioning of communications and the shared website for sustainability-related events and opportunities.
  5. Allow and support student leadership in the shaping of campus sustainability initiatives.

Would you like to get involved with UCI’s Sustainability Co-Curricular Working Group? Contact to join the mailing list and meetings.

sustainability resource center

To help prevent further spread of COVID-19, the Sustainability Resource Center (SRC) offices will remain closed and we will operate remotely until further notice. For the latest on COVID-19, visit

Location Room G464, Fourth Floor Student Center South

(949) 824-2826

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