Sustainability at Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is committed to responsible stewardship of its resources and education by incorporating UC's sustainability policy initiatives and programs so that our community has a healthy environment in which to learn for generations to come. Established in 1960, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to push boundaries, challenge expectations and redefine conventional wisdom in order to make our world better. Indeed, one of the university’s founders was Roger Revelle, a pioneer of climate change research. Since then, UC San Diego has built upon that visionary legacy to become a leader in sustainable solutions. 

UC’s institutional sustainability commitment began in 2003 through a student initiative that led to the UC Regents adopting the Presidential Policy on Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards in 2004. The now named Sustainable Practices Policy (pdf) has been expanded over the years to include many policy areas.

UC reports progress towards the goals outlined in the policy in the UC Annual Report on Sustainable Practices. UC’s efforts in climate and sustainability are supported by presidential initiatives including the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the Global Food Initiative.

UC is committed to ensuring that UC’s sustainability policy initiatives and programs are diverse in their staffing, and representative and inclusive of the communities who are engaged in these initiatives and programs. The UCOP Office of Sustainability co-developed and signed onto a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement of UC Sustainability Offices and Staff (pdf).

Get involved!

Join the SIO for Sustainability listserv ('sio-sustainability-g',!forum/sio-sustainability-g) to stay up-to-date on sustainability activities and ways to help out.  

Staff, students, and faculty at Scripps formed the "SIO for Sustainability" group in order to translate Scripps's world-renowned research on climate change, ocean health, and global conservation into tangible daily sustainable practices on our campus. Simple changes to our daily routines can add up to a significant impact and make Scripps a leader in conservation as well as ocean, earth, and atmospheric research.

Questions? Contact: Jennifer Rosales at (858) 534-8449 or

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