Eco-Resident Certification Program

Bringing the Green Office Program to students!

What is the Eco-Resident Certification program?

The USD Eco-Resident Certification Program is a joint project between the University of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric. The program is designed to help students living on USD’s campus become more sustainable in their daily actions. By participating in this program, students help USD lower its ecological footprint and set a positive example for other students living on campus at USD, as a model of leadership, initiative, and sustainable thinking.


  • To connect students to resources for sustainable living
  • To form sustainability habits that will last a lifetime
  • To engage in friendly conversation regarding sustainability issues

The Audit

  • Takes no more than 45 minutes
  • Consists of a questionnaire-guided conversation, with tips and explanations
  • Grants points based on student responses
  • Contains some behavior-based questions and others more driven by the physical space
  • Includes the following categories:
    • Energy preservation
    • Water conservation
    • Waste reduction (including reuse and recycling)
    • Other conservation behaviors

Once the audit is complete, students receive email follow-ups with information about office events, ways to stay involved, and tips on maintaining a sustainable lifestyle.

There are also raffle prizes for participants!

To Register

Students interested in becoming a certified Eco-Resident must fill out both the Eco-Resident Registration Form and the Time Slot Sign-up form associated with their living area.
All students must fill out this registration form:
All students must fill out the Time Slot Sign-up Form corresponding to their residence hall:
Note: If students would like to be audited with their roommate(s), you may sign up for the same audit time, and you will receive bonus points on your audit. Each individual must fill out his/her own Registration Form. Only one Time Slot Sign-up Form may be filled out, but please list all names of participating roommates.



eco resident yoga mat winner A student receiving her raffle prize of an eco-friendly yoga mat in the pilot-program
power strip Use a power strip and remember to turn it off when not in use
open window Using natural lighting during the day helps to conserve energy
drying rack A great way to save energy is to use a drying rack for clothes instead of a dryer