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The Student Sustainability Collective seeks to create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. It works to fulfill the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. The most widely quoted definition internationally is that sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The sustainability-oriented student organization promotes sustainable development, activism and progress through education, technical cooperation and capacity building at UC San Diego. The achievement of sustainable development requires the integration of its economic, environmental, and social components at all levels. This is facilitated by continuous dialogue and action in cooperative partnership, focusing on the key, dynamic sustainable development issues.

The following are opportunities that students can seek out if they would like get involved environmentally, socially, or both. All meetings are open to the public and are held in the Sustainability Resource Center.

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Campaign Working Groups

Civil Rights

The Civil Rights group addresses issues of environmental justice. Our purpose is to brainstorm new workshops and programs, as well as delegating and coordinating specific components of new programs. Because this is a refurbished campaign, we will be primarily focused on solidifying keynote programs for future cycles and participants. Tentative projects for the year include discussing the consequences of climate change and population displacement, questions of environmental racism, and others.

Corporate Accountability

This year, Corporate Accountability will be continuing the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign. In the fall quarter, we hope to increase our interaction and collaboration with other groups on campus who are interested in divestment including, but not limited to, the Native American Student Alliance, AVP, EJA, and others. Later in the school year, we plan to rekindle the Fair Trade campaign, host events for students to learn about the importance of fair trade, and in the long term, work to improve UCSD’s fair trade policies.

Energy and Waste

Alongside the Sierra Club, Energy & Waste plans to continue the Community Choice Energy campaign, and also to meet with Mayor Falconer to discuss the politics of sustainability. Other plans for the school year include banning plastic straws, promoting the SSC’s reusable dishware program, having UCSD run on 100% LED lights, and to renew our mission in holding A.S. accountable for funding pollutants such as single-use water bottles and Styrofoam products.

Food Justice

We are dedicated to putting students in control of their on-campus food options by increasing transparency in the dining halls and expanding student-led efforts to combat food insecurity. Our efforts help create a more sustainable and equitable food situation on campus.

Public Health

This quarter, Public Health will be focusing on women’s health. We would like collaborate with entities on campus such as the Women’s Center and others. A few projects we would like focus on are implementing more free feminine hygiene products into lecture halls and at the front desk of the Sustainability Resource Center all year long. We would like to engage students from all walks of life to understand the importance of women’s health. Later projects will address Mental Health, Environmental Health, and others.

Urban Development & Transportation Justice

Bikes? Say no more—Transportation Justice is focused on bringing a bike-share program back to UCSD. Moreover, we plan to collaborate with A.S. as well as Transportation Services to fix the inefficiencies of the campus’ shuttle system. Throughout the year, TJ hosts bike repair work shops as well so be sure to contact us if interested.


The Plastic Water Bottle Ban is currently working with the relevant campus administration to expand our initiative. We are grateful to University Centers Advisory Board for working with us to approve the addition of the ban in the lease language for Price Center vendors. Moving forward, we are looking to gain more exposure for the hydration locations around campus and renegotiate the terms of the ban with HDH. We also want to aim our education for this year to bringing to light the motivations for the ban, mainly water privatization.

Internships and Hiring

Thank you for your interest in the Student Sustainability Collective! The Collective is dedicated to serving the university community by providing resources, support, and space to foster an active culture of responsibility for environmental and social justice on campus and in the community. We advocate for sustainability through policy development/implementation and awareness campaigns. We are located in the Sustainability Resource Center (located next to Price Center Theatre in PC Plaza).


The SSC envisions a socio-economically just world made of clean and healthy environments sustained through individuals and communities equitably sharing resources, responsibilities, and power.

The 2017-2018 Cycle 9 Application is now closed. Please check back again next year. 

SSC Internship Program

SSC Interns are required to have two weekly office hours in the Sustainability Resource Center (SRC), to attend weekly staff meetings (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays), and to meet with their director as the director sees fit. Additionally, we require participation in one of our seven main projects (Transportation Justice, Water, Energy and Waste, Corporate Accountability, Civil & Human Rights, Public Health). Interns will also be expected to attend mandatory Winter Retreat. The estimated weekly time commitment will be 5-7 hours a week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or to come by the SRC anytime on a weekday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to chat with a current staff member.


Job Description for ALL SSC Director Positions

All SSC members work in partnership to actualize SSC-wide campaigns and projects, manage the Sustainability Resource Center, and maintain healthy Collective dynamics through shared leadership.

Time Commitment

  • Commitment of 15-20 hours per week at $120/week stipend. Must pay UC registration fees each quarter while working.
  • Participate in mandatory 2-hour weekly staff meetings
  • Participate in at least 2 weekly Working Group meeting
  • Attend at least 3 office hours per week in the SRC
  • Attend mandatory quarterly staff retreats
  • Must be available on occasional evenings and weekends


  • Hold a voting role in decisions pertaining to operations, activities, and events including, but not limited to, budget allocations and staff hiring
  • Participate in developing internal documents and procedures of the SSC
  • Build and maintain connections with students, staff, and faculty members who are allies to the SSC
  • Assist in facility maintenance including, but not limited to, basic cleaning, furniture rearrangements, and supply inventory
  • Submit quarterly and end-of-year evaluations of your collective experience to give an overall assessment of your position and provide recommendations for future improvements
  • Provide support to Sustainability Program Office staff and interns in order to maintain a collaborative relationship within the Sustainability Resource Center
  • Complete summer coursework and reading by the beginning of the academic year in order to prepare for working as a director and to familiarize yourself with environmental and social justice issues

Professionalism and Collaboration

  • Bring an open mind to SSC meetings and respect community values and guidelines
  • Fully engage in activities that facilitate holistic development, which may involve personal and emotional investments beyond job-specific duties
  • Engage in one-on-one meetings with fellow SSC members;
  • Work with fellow directors to stay up-to-date on all collective activities and maintain accountability within the collective structure
  • ~Other duties as agreed upon by the Collective

View specific director descriptions.

Visit us at the Sustainability Resource Center between 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to catch an SSC member during office hours– we'd love to meet you and talk to you about our experience in the Collective!

Volunteer Opportunities

Environmental Sustainability Organizations

Organization Contact
Food Co-op
Greeks Gone Green
Global Environmental Brigades
Power Save Green Campus
The Sustainable Food Project
Renewable Energy Society at UCSD
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Student Sustainability Collective
Roger's Community Garden
Surfrider Club
Ecology, Behavior and Evolution Club at UCSD
Global Water Brigades
Biofuels Awareness Action Network

Social Sustainability Organizations

Organization Contact
Che Café
General Store Co-op
Groundwork Books Collective
People for the Elimination of Animal
Cruelty through Education
AVP Environmental and Social Justice
Collective Effort for Justice
Students for a Sustainable Peace
Human Rights Organization
Multicultural Coexistence
Alternative Breaks @UCSD
Growth International Volunteer Excursions
Engineers Without Borders at UCSD
Public Health Brigades
Global Health Initiative Student Advisory Board

Affiliate Program

The Student Sustainability Collective’s Affiliate Program is designed to facilitate collaboration with organizations that share the goal of sustainability through social and environmental justice. Through the creation of the Affiliate Program, the SSC seeks to strengthen existing partnerships with departments and groups that are working toward environmental care and social responsibility. The aim of the program is to empower the campus community and expedite the sharing of resources.

Affiliation Levels

Being an affiliate of the Student Sustainability Collective may be decided at two different levels based on the group’s historical and current relationship with the SSC:

  • Student Partner Organization Affiliates have applied for affiliation and are under a one-year preliminary period
  • Core Affiliates are departments, groups, and organizations that have maintained a relationship (at least one year) with the SSC.


Official Affiliates receive priority for SRC space reservations, co-sponsorship (funding) of events, and advertising with the SSC.

Student Partner Organization Affiliates Student Core Organization Affiliates Departmental, Faculty & Staff Association Affiliates

Ability to apply for event SSC co- sponsorship (at least $150)

Ability to reserve a single series of meetings and (up to two) special events during the academic year

Link to group’s website from SSC website

Highest priority to all benefits afforded to Pre-Affiliates

Ability to apply for event SSC co- sponsorship (at least $200)

Priority reservations in the SRC space

Ability to reserve (up to two) series of meetings and (up to four) special events in the SRC during the academic year

SSC staff assistance with event/program planning

Sustainability workshops hosted by SSC staff

Ability to reserve the SRC Student Space on a weekly basis for meetings/office hours

Ability to have department’s/association’s events advertised in bi-weekly newsletter (and on website if requested)

*Event co-sponsorship with the SSC provides the following benefits:

  • Monetary sponsorship
  • Event planning collaboration
  • Room reservations, if necessary
  • Publicity support

Expectations and Responsibilities

Affiliates receive a great deal of support from the Student Sustainability Collective. In upholding their responsibilities as Affiliates, groups, organizations and faculty/departments demonstrate the same support of the work put in by the SSC. The affiliate relationship creates an environment of collaboration so as to foster the empowerment of all community members at the University.

Student Partner Organization Affiliates Student Core Organization Affiliates Departmental, Faculty & Staff Association Affiliates

Send (at least one) representative to all Affiliate meetings (organization will be notified in advance)

Meet directly with an SSC Director or Assistant Director annually

Follow SRC facility usage policies

Re-sign the SSC Affiliate agreement each academic year

All of the expectations of Student partner Organization Affiliates

Co-sponsor (at least one) event with the SSC annually

Meet directly with an SSC Director or Assistant Director quarterly

Design and implement a workshop annually addressing intersectionality through the

Send at least one representative to the bi-annual affiliate retreats

Hold a program or Office Hours at the SSC at least twice per year

Collaborate with the SSC on a program/ event annually

Advertise SSC programs through listservs where appropriate

Attend (at least one) SSC meeting or event annually

Co-advertise a public lecture/class with the SSC annually

Allow an SSC Director or Assistant Director to speak to your class (at least once) annually

Become an Affiliate!

We encourage any student, staff or faculty organization that is in alignment with the Student Sustainability Collective’s mission and vision to apply to become an Affiliate. By becoming an Affiliate, you or your group makes a commitment to working with the SSC toward social and environmental justice. If you’re interested in working with us, simply follow the steps below!

  1. Email
  2. Set up a time to meet with an SSC Director.
  3. Complete a preliminary period of one year as a Student Partner Organization (once approved by SSC staff).