USD’s First Green Move-In

University of San Diego’s Green Move-In


With so much activity going on across campus, it’s no wonder move-in day is typically the hottest day of the year at USD. Thanks to the efforts of the Office of Sustainability and its partnership with Waste  Management, this year’s move-in day was also one of the greenest. Seeking to address what is often one of the highest waste- generating days of the year, the Office of Sustainability worked to heighten awareness of ways to reduce waste during move-in.



The office presented at the trainings of the key components of the First Year Experience: Residential Life, the Preceptorial program, Orientation team and Outdoor Adventure’s Pre-Orientation Adventure. By educating returning student leaders around ways to further integrate sustainable practices into move-in, the office was able to see a lot of success on the big day. With a knowledgeable base of First Year Experience leaders, the office hopes these students and others can help facilitate a greener USD for the rest of the academic year.



Over 1,000 new students moved in on September 1st. Through our efforts, USD was able to divert over 4.34 tons of waste that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. Most common recyclables include cardboard, plastic, paper, and other packaging materials.



By participating in continued outreach and education at some of the biggest events at USD, the Office of Sustainability hopes that these programs can provide a blueprint for future events. Given the success of this year’s green move-in, continued efforts are on the horizon to move USD closer to a zero-waste campus, with plans already underway for move-out in May and next year’s move-in. The biggest success, though, says Paula Morreale of the Office of Sustainability was not in the pounds of waste we were able to divert from the landfill, but rather “the number of students we were able to educate and the precedent we were able to set for the rest of year in helping students engage in more sustainable ways across campus”.