UC Commitment

  • Procure 20 percent sustainable food products by 2020 for campus and medical foodservice operations.
  • Certify at least one foodservice facility on each campus as a green business.

Campus Actions

Campus and medical center food purchases are on track to be 25% sustainable by 2016 and 30% by 2020. We are a Fair Trade University and one of the most "vegan-friendly" large schools.

Community Gardens

UC San Diego has several campus gardens and one San Diego community garden that promote education and growing sustainable food and local produce. Students can grow their own fruits and vegetables on campus.

Tips for Eating Healthy, Organic, Locally-Grown Food on a Budget

  • Evaluate your options. Check out the natural foods section at the supermarket, or visit your local natural foods market. You’ll find many items that are comparably priced.
  • Buy seasonal produce. Local farmers' markets are a great source for fresh, seasonal produce.
  • Check for sales and coupons. Many natural products have coupons on the package that can be redeemed at checkout. Two great coupon websites are and
  • Buy in bulk. You can purchase grains, pastas, dried fruits and nuts in bulk isles at local grocery and natural foods stores. No matter how much you buy, you’re not paying for packaging.
  • Good Food on a Tight Budget Shopping Guide (PDF)

UC-wide Actions

Global Food Initiative

The University of California Global Food Initiative addresses one of the critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025.

Global Food Initiative Fellowship

The UC President’s Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program funds student-generated research, related projects or internships that focus on food issues.

Meet UC San Diego's 2017-18 fellows.

See past fellows.