There are many student groups committed to sustainability within and beyond the UC Merced community.
UC Merced is designing and managing an ecosystem where the community can learn along with researchers and students.
UC Merced's market-leading program for new-building energy efficiency will significantly reduce the university's direct impact on the environment.

Did you know

  • that 21 percent of UC Merced's Central Plant is made from recycled content, including phonebooks, newspapers, soda bottles and more?
  • that the campus's chilled-water system helps reduce energy costs for the Classroom and Office Building to 56 percent less than the cost to operate a Title 24 baseline building?
  • that the library uses 38 percent less energy than mandated by California's Title 24 energy code?

Sustainability is just who we are.

Teaching and Research 


Student Engagement  



Waste and Recycling 



Human Resources 

Planning, Design and Construction 

Green Building