Climate Change and Sustainability

In 2008, the UC Irvine Sustainability Committee drafted the first campus climate action and sustainability plan, which outlines guiding principles, goals and metrics, and specific projects that will aid UCI in achieving its environmental goals. 

Long Range Development

Besides providing a long-term vision for physical and academic development at UC Irvine, the 2007 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) provides the following sustainability guidelines:

  • Campus planning efforts should endeavor to limit environmental impacts on the local community.
  • Development and operations will be environmentally sound within all sectors of the campus.
  • Portions of the campus with significant natural features will be preserved as permanent open space.

The 2007 LRDP encourages efficient water use, solid waste recycling and reuse, energy efficiency, sustainable design features, use of clean-fuel vehicles, and use of alternate modes of transportation.


The Green and Gold Plan, which was adopted in 1995, plays a significant role in preserving the campus' natural features. The plan established progressive practices for sustainable landscaping in order to conserve and maximize resources, as well as to increase species and age diversity of plants.