UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

2018 Tours

Sustainable Dining in a LEED Platinum Facility; Portola Dining Commons Tour

Meet at the Campbell Hall Bus Loop

Portola Dining Commons is one of the first stand-alone dining facilities in the state to achieve LEED-NC Platinum certification.  During this tour, visitors will be guided through both the front and back of house operations of this 36,400 GSF facility, including the six separate commercial kitchen platforms that serve up to 800 guests. Tour participants will learn about the various design strategies incorporated into the facility as well as see the established sustainability practices utilized by Residential Dining Services.

Associated Students Food Bank Tour

Meet at the Registration Desk, Campus Green

Founded in April 2011, the AS Food Bank has served UCSB’s diverse community since its creation. From humble beginnings of servicing only 5 students per day turned into up to over 600 per day in addition to food distributions in off-campus housing.  The AS Food Bank is an organization that provides fresh, free, and nutritious food as wells as toiletries. Led by a group of students who tackle food insecurity on campus, the food bank continually raises awareness on issues surrounding food. We offer an inclusive safe space for all students as well as a confidentiality in our services.

Turning a Golf Course into a Restored Habitat: North Campus Open Space Tour

Meet at the Campbell Hall Bus Loop

Come stretch your legs and experience a restoration project in action.  Join UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) for a tour of the North Campus Open Space (NCOS) Restoration Project. Prior to the launch of the NCOS, this area had been a golf course.  NCOS restores the upper arms of Devereux Slough with funding from partner agencies. Restoration of the estuary and natural floodplain will support a diversity of birds, fish, and wildlife; absorb flood waters; and is adaptive to sea level rise. Over 2.5 miles of trails will provide scenic views and connectivity to the California Coastal Trail.

Triple Platinum: Bren Hall Tour

Meet at the Registration Desk, Campus Green

In 2017, Bren Hall, home of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Environmental Studies Department, received its third certification as a LEED Platinum laboratory

building.  Built in 2002, Bren Hall was certified as the nation’s first LEED Platinum laboratory, and was recertified as LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance in 2009 and again in 2017. Join us for the tour to see what efforts were made to keep this building operating at LEED Platinum for over a decade and a half!

Solarizing UC Santa Barbara Tour

Meet at the Registration Desk, Campus Green

In 2017, UCSB increased its onsite renewable energy generating capacity  tenfold through a multi-site PPA. UCSB now has over 5.3 MW of on-site solar capacity which generates more than one-third of the campus’s peak electrical demand. In 2018, UCSB will complete the installation of an additional 1.2 MW. Together, the completed and planned phases of the project will generate 15% of UCSB’s annual electricity consumption, putting the campus on the right path to meet its Carbon Neutrality goal. Come on the tour to see some of our parking lot solar installations. 

Oceans to Classrooms: The REEF

Wednesday July 11th 1:15pm-2:30pm

Meet at the Registration Desk, Campus Green

The REEF, UCSB’s interactive aquarium, provides a hands-on introduction to local marine organisms and the role the marine environment plays in our lives. There are over 100 different species of marine plants and animals to experience and learn about at the REEF. Sharks and their developing embryos, octopuses, lobsters, and more! You will learn how our seawater system operates. The tour will also introduce visitors to the biogeography of our region, what makes it so significant to our research and community. Through our interdisciplinary approach visitors are introduced to UCSB research departments and the on-going research projects we support.