Our campus will provide equitable access to healthy food to nourish and sustain the campus community. We will strive to demonstrate a direct connection to the food system for students, staff, and faculty, and we will work towards a high level of regional self-sufficiency, where possible.

The campus will also actively support such practices in both the neighboring and global communities through our food choices, policies, operations, and academic programs. 


Supporting Local Farmers

UC Santa Barbara is committed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the most widely used green building rating system in the world. In 2002, UCSB adopted a campus policy stating that all new buildings commissioned after July 1, 2004, must meet a minimum of USGBC’s LEED Silver certification. In 2012 the LEED minimum rating on campus for new buildings from Silver to Gold for buildings. 

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UCSB Businesses are Green Certified

Many of UCSB’s restaurants and convenience stores, as well as both of our campus caterers and all of our dining commons are certified with the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program.

People eating in dinning commons

CalFresh applications up to 3,400 for 2018-2019

Students can receive up to $192 a month in grocery store/farmers market benefits, helping them to access healthy and sustainable foods. Our advocates help students to navigate the application process.

121,807 Contacts


Food Security and Basic Needs Communications Team made 121,807 contacts with students in 2018-2019, ensuring that our students know how and where to access healthy & sustainable food



Food, Nutrition and Basic Skills Program (FNBS) engaged 826 total students in 2018-19

11,210 lbs

Food Cycling at UCSB Recovered 11,210 lbs. of produce in 2018-19