Sustainable Family Living at University Village
Nature Village is a multidisciplinary group of University Village volunteers and campus sustainability organizations furthering sustainability at UC Berkeley’s family housing complex, University Village. Nature Village grows, supports, and inspires sustainable living by:
- Promoting sustainable living through education and outreach.
- Increasing awareness of environmental protection, energy conservation, zero waste, and carbon neutrality.
- Providing guidance and resources on sustainable living best practices.
- Creating a unique green living environment that is suitable to University Village’s multicultural community.
- Collaborating with campus groups and departments to implement new operations, programs, and initiatives that realize sustainability metrics.
Nature Village began as a 2012 TGIF funded project and was transitioned to SERC’s portfolio as an ongoing initiative beginning fall 2014.
Our previous years events –
The Nature Village Team, in partnership with campus and student staff from SERC, Cal Zero Waste, and RSSP, have completed many projects and events since Nature Village’s founding in 2012. Examples include:
- End the Cycle Laundry Project: distributes drying racks to residents and put water & energy conservation stickers on all the Village’s washers and dryers
- The Water Project: installs low-flow shower valves and water conservation decals in Village apartments
- The Waste Management Project:
- e-waste recycling at the University Village Office
- provided individual and large-scale composting across the Village
- updated the trash/recycling enclosures and added new signage
- The Bike Project:
- resident bike rides led by Nature Village volunteers
- added a bike fix-it station
- hosted educational bike events at the Village
- 2016: new bike share program
- Nature Sundays: monthly sustainability education events at the Village
- Move-In/Move-Out Guide developed
- Yard Sales, Eco Movie Nights, Village Festival
- Green Family Ambassador Program
- Nature Village launched a partnership with Imperfect Produce to sell Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes to University Village residents and address food insecurity and food waste issues. Imperfect produce is produce that are usually disposed of because of their appearance. These CSA boxes are sold for $12 each and feed a household of 3-4 people for a week.