Environmental Protection

Helping to protect and enhance the campus environment and providing permit and compliance management services.

Off-Road Diesel Powered Equipment Idling Standard Operating Procedure

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This standard operating procedure applies to the operation of all off-road diesel powered vehicles or equipment, owned by or located on, the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) campus or any locations under the control of UCB staff or personnel. This standard operating procedure is a direct result of legal requirements in California and failure to comply with the requirements of this standard operating procedure, or any of its implementation measures, may result in appropriate disciplinary action at the discretion of UCB or its representative.

Storage Tanks

Any container of oil, fuel, or oil like substances, of 55 gallons or greater including steel and plastic drums, must be made known to EH&S upon receipt on campus.

If you would like more information on campus tank installation, operation, and spill prevention or need assistance with the services below, please contact Tim Pine at (510) 643-8542.


Campus Storage Tank Policy


The EH&S Surface Water Quality program assists campus in surface water pollution prevention and in the restoration of Strawberry Creek on the central campus. Program activities include providing compliance assistance to campus on watershed management and storm water regulations, sampling and analyzing storm water, assessing sources of storm water pollutants on campus, stenciling storm drains and developing educational guidelines and programs. If you have any questions about surface water quality or Strawberry Creek, contact EH&S at (510) 642-3073.


Environmental Permits & Management Plans

Below are all of the environmental permits and management plans for the University of California, Berkeley. If you would like to apply for a permit, please see:

Apply for an Environmental Permit

Environmental permits may be needed for your construction, renovation, demolition, or decommissioning project if it will have land, air, water, or human impacts. Some activities will require:

Winter Spare the Air Day Alerts - Air Quality

What is Winter Spare the Air?

Winter Spare the Air is a pollution reduction program sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). On winter days, particulate matter can be a problem in the Bay Area. To protect public health, residents are asked to refrain from activities that cause pollution on these days. In addition, a new BAAQMD regulation was passed in July that makes burning wood, fire logs, or pellets illegal when a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect.

Dispose of Waste

Master list of waste types is displayed below.

Note: If you cannot find the item that you are trying to get rid of in this list, please contact EH&S at ehs@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-3073.

Sewer System Management Plans

UC Berkeley has developed and is implementing Sewer System Management Plans (SSMPs) to properly manage, operate and maintain all parts of the following three sanitary sewer collection systems: UC Berkeley Collection System, Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay, and University Village Albany. The SSMPs were recertified by the Regents of the University of California on July 17, 2014 and again on July 18, 2019, in accordance with the State Water Control Board Order No. 2006-0003-DWQ.

University Village, Albany CS

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Sewer System Management Plan

University Village, Albany CS

Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay - SSMP

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay (formerly Richmond Field Station)

Sewer System Management Plan