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Environmental Protection

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Find links to Environment, Health and Safety programs that protect the outdoor environment.

UC San Diego protects our environment by preventing release of hazardous materials to the air, soil, or water.

Air pollution control

San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD) requires permits for certain types of gas-fired and diesel-fired equipment, fuel-dispensing stations, and extensive surface coating projects that may emit air pollutants.

Diesel exhaust is deemed toxic by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and as such the regulations have been issued in an attempt to eliminate the unnecessary idling of diesel engine.

Asbestos management program

Asbestos control regulations require close oversight of all activities related to maintenance, repair, and construction of UC-owned and -leased buildings where asbestos-containing building material (ACBM) may be present.


Please see specific topics on this page for more information about campus pollution prevention and hazardous waste management programs that may pertain to contractor activities at UC San Diego.


Hazardous waste management

Find information about the safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste generated at UC San Diego.

Hazardous materials emergency response team

UC San Diego Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team cleans up spills that are too large or too dangerous for workers to handle.

Lead-based paint management program

Oil spill prevention, control, and countermeasures

The UC San Diego Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan identifies management measures that must be implemented wherever oil and oil-based products are used or stored on campus.

Refrigerant compliance program

The UC San Diego Refrigerant Compliance Program identifies management, monitoring, tracking, and reporting measures that must be implemented by campus employees and contractors to restrict release of refrigerants identified as ozone-depleting substances.

Sewer system management plan

UC San Diego has developed and is implementing the Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) to properly manage, operate, and maintain all parts of the sanitary sewer system under campus control.

Soils management / Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS)

UC San Diego contains about 400 acres designated as a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS).

Storage tanks

Storm water management | Water pollution prevention

The UC San Diego Storm Water Management Program and best management practices aim to prevent or reduce potential discharge of pollutants into UC San Diego storm drains and coastal waters.



E-mail the EH&S Environmental Affairs division:
  • Aboveground/ Underground tanks - 534-9745
  • Air pollution control - 534-9695 or 534-9985
  • Asbestos Management Program - 534-1075 or 822-1743
  • Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) compliance - 534-9745 or 534-1626
  • E-waste and universal waste - 534-2753
  • Formerly used defense site (FUDS) - 534-9745
  • Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) - 534-9745 or 534-1626
  • Hazardous waste management - 534-2753
  • Permit applications and compliance - 534-9695
  • Reclaimed water - 534-5242 or 534-7513
  • Soil - 534-9745
  • Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan - 534-1065 or 534-6018
  • Storm drains and storm water - 534-1065 or 534-6018
  • Sewer - 534-9695

Policy and regulations

For more information, contact EH&S Environmental Affairs.
Environment, Health & Safety