Sustainability Project  and Garden Commission

Patrick Yang

Sustainability Project and Garden Co-Commissioner

Hello! My name is Patrick Yang (he/him/his) and I am one of your commissioners for Sustainability Project and Garden. I am currently a second-year chemical engineering major interested in sustainability, particularly in the renewable energy sector, and am excited to impart knowledge about sustainability-related topics and lead a more sustainable lifestyle. In the 2019-20 academic year, I served as an intern for this commission and I look forward to continuing the work of my past commissioners and improving previous projects such as the Ants in Your Plants Garden and encouraging and helping you all lead more sustainable lifestyles yourselves!

Office Hours: Mondays 3pm-4pm via Zoom ( )

Alex Lou

Sustainability Project and Garden Co-Commissioner

Hi fellow Ants, I’m Alex (he/him/his), 4th year Earth System Science Major, and one of the incoming Sustainability Project and Garden Co-Commissioners.

I was fortunate enough to grow up in an area with lots of open space and preserved habitat, and that is where my love for the natural world came from. I love gardening, hiking, and fly fishing. As commissioner, I look forward to increasing sustainability awareness and advocacy in the student body through policy work and on-campus boothing events.

As commissioner last year, my team and I also facilitated many service learning opportunities at the Ants in Your Plants Garden.

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1pm-2pm via Zoom ( ) 

Commission Description:

The Sustainability Project and Garden Commission focuses on raising advocacy and awareness surrounding sustainability-themed topics. The commission promotes and coordinates events targeting environmental justice, waste management and reduction, recycling, energy efficiency, and self-sufficiency in the UCI student and staff community. Along with the SRC, we actively maintain the Ants in Your Plants Garden in Arroyo Vista. Food-safety certified by UCI’s EHS department, the garden produces fresh fruits and vegetables not only for ourselves and the immediate community, but also for donations to UCI’s FRESH Basic Needs Hub.


– Increase student awareness and student involvement in sustainability initiatives and projects on campus

– Support University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative and UCI’s Zero Waste goals through policy work and immediate action

– Collaborate with registered student organizations (RSOs) to plan and coordinate school-wide events targeting sustainable living

– Provide quantitative data to the administration on our campus-wide impacts, e.g. food waste composted, produce grown, student involvement, clothes donated, etc.

– Incorporate a renewable energy source for irrigation in the Arroyo Vista Ants in Your Plants garden

– Encourage you, the students, to destress at the garden while making a sustainable impact

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