UC Davis Today: Student leadership drives campus sustainability

Jeff Mailes standing in garden holding tray of plants

Student leadership drives campus sustainability

Whether learning or leading, UC Davis students are at the core of campus sustainability efforts.

The Bike Barn, Student Farm and energy-efficient Unitrans bus system are just a few of the innovative campus services founded by students, or created in close coordination with student leaders, to encourage sustainable living. Project Compost and the Salad Bowl Garden are two more recent efforts. Students are also deeply involved in the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, which will be held at UC Davis for the first time this June.

UC Davis students are not only taking the lead and providing the elbow grease — they are also learning from some of the nation's foremost academic leaders in sustainable agriculture, environmental sciences, transportation, energy efficiency and related fields.

Through teaching, research and service, UC Davis offers students valuable experience in sustainability for their future professional and personal growth.

(Jeff Mailes, an environmental resources science major and garden coordinator, looks for space to plant tomatoes during a work session at the Resident Garden at Segundo, which is open to all Student Housing residents. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

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