Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Walk to Class Challenge

Walk to Class Challenge Day will take place on the UC Santa Cruz campus on Tuesday, April 22nd to promote walking as a viable and sustainable transportation mode for cross-campus travel, to reduce UCSC’s carbon footprint and to improve individual health.

The idea for the Walk to Class Challenge Day came from students in the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus and is a student led-effort to promote walking as a healthy and environmentally sustainable way to get around our beautiful campus.  The Campus Sustainability Plan calls for 75% of cross-campus travel to be made by human-powered modes and to engage students in choosing more sustainable modes of transportation.  By participating in this Challenge, you are taking a step in the right direction to help achieve these goals!

Complete a quick pre-survey to be eligible to participate. Then, upon completion of the Challenge Day, all participants will take a brief post-event survey and be eligible to win a $50 VISA gift card.

Questions? Interested in volunteering?
Contact Jessica Pearson at jrpearso@ucsc.edu

Friday, April 4, 2014

Free Sustainable Living Mobile App!

Chinook Book has created a free sustainable living mobile app for use by UC Santa Cruz students, staff and faculty. This app provides sustainability resources and coupons from local merchants who practice sustainability and puts them right at your fingertips. This way, you can support businesses that give back all the while saving money.

With deals from Saturn Cafe, Hula's Island Grill, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Charlie Hong Kong, Cafe Gratitude, Spokesman Bikes, New Lead, Synergy Clothing, Gabriella Cafe, Well Within Spa and many more, who could resist? Each merchant participating has a positive community impact and meets Chinook Book's sustainability standards and criteria.

This app is free and ready for download now! Check out this awesome video for the how-to of the Chinook Book app!

April 22nd - Walk to Class Challenge Day!

Walk to Class Challenge Day will take place on the UC Santa Cruz campus on Tuesday, April 22nd to promote walking as a viable and sustainable transportation mode for cross-campus travel, to reduce UCSC’s carbon footprint and to improve individual health.

The Campus Sustainability Plan and Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus both contain visions and goals for a more sustainable campus. The transportation section of the CSP calls for 75% of cross-campus travel to be made by human-powered modes and to engage students in choosing more sustainable modes of transportation. The Blueprint calls for the creation of a Walk to Class Challenge Day.

Every student is welcome and encouraged to participate in the Walk to Class movement!

Registration begins Tuesday, April 1st. Students can sign up at http://ucscwalk2class.walkertracker.com.

All participants will take a quick survey upon registration and the first 100 students to sign up will receive an event T-shirt and pedometer! Upon completion of the Challenge Day, all participants will take a brief post-event survey and be eligible to win a $50 VISA gift card.

Challenge yourself and challenge your friends to participate and try walking to class on this day -- Earth Day!

Interested in participating or volunteering? Contact Jessica Pearson at jrpearso [at] ucsc [dot] edu for more info.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Contests and Funding for April 2014

15th Annual Brower Youth Awards Application Period
Hosted by the Earth Island Institute, North American college students are encouraged to apply for the award based on their demonstrated excellence in environmental leadership, and the creativity, impact, replicability and relevance of the project. Applications will be accepted until May 12.

Call for Abstracts: Book Project on Policy and Agriculture
The new book project out of the Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University will explore the themes of and intersections among policy, food and farming, and culture in the contemporary American South. Stemming from an interest in alternative, sustainable food systems and the resurgence of the local and craft food movement, the book's focus on the South is due to its distinctive food nuances related to food policy and practice. Deadline for abstracts is April 4.

April 22nd - Walk to Class Challenge Day!
Challenge yourself! Walk to class! Walk to Class Challenge Day – April 22, 2014. Help reach campus sustainability goals and promote healthy choices. Sign up by April 22nd here. Challenge yourself to walk while on campus rather than use transit. First 140 participants to sign up get a free T-shirt, Pedometer, and KIND bar! Interested in participating or volunteering? Contact Jessica Pearson at jrpearso [at] ucsc [dot] edu for more info.

Campus Sustainability Funding Opportunity
The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) would like to fund your student organization’s sustainability projects or events in the upcoming year. The spring 2014 funding round funding is available for fall 2014 (or summer upon request) through spring 2015. Proposals adhering to the criteria for student organizations and relevance to the Blueprint For Sustainable Campus are eligible for funding. Please fill out the RSVP HERE for ONE of the following MANDATORY grant training sessions:

  • Monday, 4/14/14 at 1:00 PM
  • Monday, 4/14/14 at 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 4/15/14 at 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 4/16/14 at 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, 4/17/14 at 3:00 PM. 
All workshops will be held in the Esselen Nation Conference Room at the Bay Tree Bookstore, and should last around one hour.

April 2014 Green Tips: Sustainable Spring

Hey Slugs! It's Spring time and there is no better time to get sustainable! Here are a few ideas on how you can get extra sustainable this spring.

1. Start a garden or get involved in one

Spring is the perfect time to start a garden. Start planting tomatoes, zucchinis and strawberries and enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer! If you don't have access to a plot to grow a personal garden there are plenty of places to get involved in gardening on campus. Check out the Chadwick Garden, the Kresge Garden, the College Eight Garden, and more!

2. Thrift your new Spring wardrobe

When the sun starts shining a little brighter and the need for cozy sweaters and sweats becomes less and less we all start digging through our closets to find something more appropriate for the warmer weather. What we find leaves us unsatisfied. "How on Earth did I fit into this dress last year", "How did anyone let me out of the house wearing this bro tank?" When you start asking yourself these types of questions don't head down to Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters. Definitely don't start ordering online (all that packaging is so wasteful!). But hit up one of the local thrift stores. Crossroads, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill are all easily accessible in Downtown Santa Cruz.

3. Take advantage of the weather

Gorgeous Spring weather means there are no longer excuses for driving or busing around campus. Pull out your bike, dust it off, ride it on into the bike co-op on campus, catch your breath and realize the lack of exercise you got this winter, get a tune up, and ride that baby to all your classes! If biking isn't an option for you, hop on your own two feet and enjoy the fresh air and the redwoods on your way to class.

4. Spring Cleaning

By the time Spring comes around all the junk can really pile up around your dorm or house. Now is the perfect time to reorganize and get clean. Make sure you recycle everything you can. Any papers you don't need from last quarter or the pile of red bull cans in the corner that are STILL sitting there from finals can all be put in recycling. Before you get rid of anything check and make sure one of your hall mates or housemates can't use it. One person's trash could be someone else's treasure!

Innovative Approaches to Sustainability at Other Campuses

Here are a few selections of the innovative approaches to sustainability taking place on other college campuses. Each of these examples was chosen because they represent ideas that UCSC could potentially implement in some form, or in some cases, already has begun to. If you see something here that you want to make a reality at UCSC, contact the Sustainability Office susted@ucsc.edu and we will help you direct your ideas toward fruition!

New Compost Program, Targets Pizza Boxes

North Carolina State U Begins Pizza Box Composting. The university's Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling implemented the Pizza Box Composting Project, which seeks to decrease compostable waste on campus and encourage students to pay more attention to the importance of composting. These boxes, plus additional boxes from other campus organizations and personal purchases, will be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. So many students here on our campus order tons of pizza and it would be great if we had a pizza box composting system at UCSC too.

Stanford Farm Implements Water Conservation Techniques in Face of Drought

The Stanford Community Farm, a one-acre field located on the outskirts of campus, has implemented moisture-trapping gardening techniques in order to mitigate water usage, in response to the ongoing shortage of rainfall throughout California. They set up drip-watering systems that he estimated as being 80- to 90-percent more efficient due to plants having more time to absorb a more limited amount of water. The farm has also incorporated the use of three kinds of cover crops—oats, rye and bell beans—that have unique root systems conducive to allowing air and water to seep deeply into the soil. Without the cover crops, the soil would become compressed, which would eventually lead to erosion and a loss of valuable nutrients to wind and rain. If our CASFS isn't already using similar techniques, the farm should try this to conserve water.

U New Mexico Establishes Student Food Pantry

Imagine being a student who doesn't have enough money to buy healthy food. This is not as uncommon as many may think. If students don't eat properly, they cannot concentrate and do well in school. Recognizing that, the UNM Dean of Students Office, the Division of Student Affairs and a Food Bank are partnering to bring a mobile food bank to UNM students once a month. What would it take to have this at UCSC? This would be beneficial to students here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Where the Health Can You Eat Around Here?

Dining recently hosted a Healthy Menu Tasting that was FREE to the campus community. The event was held at the Terra Fresca Restaurant in the University Center. From 3:30-5:00 PM students and campus members were served tasty and nourishing dishes from the new Spring Healthy Monday’s menu currently available at the campus dining halls, and several cafes. Even with a downpour of rain approximately 150 guests arrived & campus chefs were kept busy serving up items like: Green Curry Veggie Bowls, Eggplant Lasagna and Chipotle Seitan Fajitas. Campus partners including OPERS, Wellness Center, and our Health Center joined in for the afternoon and brought along resources and information to share with the crowd! 

If this interests you, on April 23rd from 11:30-2:30 PM in the College 9 and 10 Multipurpose room, Dining will be hosting their 4th Annual Organic & Local Foods FairThis is also a free event. And everyone is welcome to stop in! 

Come meet and talk with our purveyors and vendors of local /organic products that are served here at UCSC. Meet growers, manufactures and supplies who are keeping engaged with REAL food! Plenty of free samples, tasting of new and interesting foods, share your likes and engage with others about what excites your palate!- Don’t miss this event, it only happens once each year! Yes, this will be another Zero Waste Event! 

Check out our website and Facebook for current updates!