Environmental Well-Being

Environmental well-being is the ability to make a positive impact on the quality of the environment. 

Office of Sustainability

Sustainability at the University of San Diego is more than just an environmental or financial impact. Sustainability is not something that is simply linked to the mission of the university and forgotten about, but a value that those at USD find themselves experiencing and practicing daily. USD promotes sustainability through the incorporation of green transportation initiatives, sustainability in employee and student education, active energy management, and national leadership in waste reduction. USD’s commitment to sustainability is holistic and places paramount value on integrating the environmental, financial and social components of sustainability for a more sustainable world.


USD has provided an outlet for proper e-waste recycling to the USD and local community by opening a student-run electronics waste collection center. This center offers free service and has collected over 400,000 pounds of e-waste since its opening in April 2011. This collection center, the first of its kind on a college campus, diverts e-waste from landfills and developing nations with the goal of raising money for student scholarships. USD also offers the collection of batteries, light bulbs, and ink cartridges, serving as a one-stop shop to educate the community about the harmful dangers of materials associated with those products to landfills. So if you have an old printer, tv, laptop, gaming unit, or other e-waste, bring it by the center and help keep these hazardous materials out of the landfills.

To find out what we accept, where our e-waste goes and more, visit our website at https://www.sandiego.edu/ewaste/ or call us at (619) 294-9014 or visit us at 5330 Linda Vista Rd San Diego, CA 92110.

Carpool Parking Spaces

Carpool spaces are for employees who travel to work with two or more people of legal driving age in the vehicle.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Work Program with Suzie’s Farm

USD has a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with Suzie’s Farm. Suzie’s Farm is a 140-acre USDA-certified organic farm located thirteen miles south of downtown San Diego.  They grow over 100 varieties of seasonal vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits, year-round. With this program employees receive either a box of produce every other week delivered to USD for employees to pick up.  To sign up please visit, http://csa.farmigo.com/join/suziesfarm.

Fresh Air Permits

Fresh Air permits are valid for sixteen (16) days per semester and are free of charge. The permit must be stamped at the kiosk on the day of use when entering campus or they will not be valid. Fresh Air permits are only available to employees that normally use alternate modes of transportation.

Zero-Waste Campus Initiative

USD has a multi-year plan to reduce waste on campus and to divert 90 to 100 percent of all campus waste from the landfill.

USD Recycling