Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017: Rooted in History: AAPI Resilience and Sustainability

Rooted in History: AAPI Resilience and Sustainability

Curious about how identity, environmentalism, and history intersect? In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the People of Color Sustainability Collective (POCSC) and the Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC) will hold a workshop exploring examples of Asian American contributions to environmental justice issues, traditional plant knowledge, and connections that strengthen solidarity between different communities.

>>Learn more about the event here

Sunday, April 30, 2017

May 2017: Internships, Employment & Volunteering


Sustainability Office: Deadlines vary
The Sustainability Office is currently accepting applications for the academic 2017-2018 year. Internship positions focus on various topics related to sustainability such as: education, buildings, energy, food, land and habitat, procurement, transportation, waste reduction, water, and drought information. While interns help promote sustainability campus-wide through various projects, events, outreach, etc., students will gain hands-on experience, develop and improve leadership skills, communication, facilitation, and so much more. For more details around the different internship positions and to learn more about the Sustainability Office, click here.

Provost Sustainability Internship Program: Deadline May 1st (Positions Open Until Filled)
Looking for a year-long, PAID campus internship and want to make a difference on campus? Check out the Provost's Sustainability Internship Program! There are 10 positions open for next year. You will receive 12 units of academic credit and $1,500 scholarship upon completion of the program! OPEN TO ALL MAJORS. To access the application, click here

SupplyShift Internship: Operations Team Lead Position: Deadline (see attached link) 
Supplyshift is currently accepting applications for the position of Operations Team Leader. Interns will participate in training and gain literacy in industry wide organizational software platforms (Asana, Jira, Dropbox, Slack), supply chain management and industry specific composition, client management, and internal operational processes. After an intern has received training they will be asked to contribute to internal operational tasks such as document prep, timeline planning, website quality assurance, website development, supplier support, and any other task deems suitable for a SupplyShift intern. To learn more about SupplyShift internship position click here. If interested in applying, email resume to Carl Broderick at


Solar Design Tool Job
Solar Design Tool is a company with a un-corporate culture that is currently seeking for a team member who will help run a website that helps people design solar PV systems. Ideally, SDT is looking for a graduating senior willing to work in a part-time internship that will acquire a better understanding of the company and is willing to offer a full-time job upon graduation. To learn more please click here.

UC Davis: Academic Coordinator III, ASI Student Farm Director: Deadline 11/14/17
The Student Farm (SF) is a learning community where students from many disciplines work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems on a 20+ acre farm. A key component of theAgricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), the SF has served UC Davis students and faculty and the public with educational, research, and outreach opportunities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems for 40 years. Click here to learn more about the job description.

Environmental Project Manager: Deadline 5/23/17 @5PM
Alameda County General Services Agency (GSA) provides a host of centralized services including building maintenance, procurement and contract administration, capital project management, real property and portfolio management, sustainability services, energy management, environmental and hazardous materials management, transportation services, and other countywide support services. To learn more about the job description, please click here.


Take Back the Tap
After six years of working with campus administrators in negotiations, Take Back the Tap has achieved a partial ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bottled water. Bottled water will now only be sold in the Bay Tree Book Store and Express Store. Volunteers interns are accepted anytime. Volunteer interns will also be considered for hiring for the 2017-2018 Campaign Coordinator position. Please visit TBTT's Facebook page here. To view the full press release on the ban here

EARN-A-BIKE Program, April & May, 2017 
Bike Santa Cruz County needs your old bikes for the Spring 2017 Earn-a-Bike programs in Watsonville and Live Oak. The Earn-a-Bike program provides youth with a bicycle, helmet, multi-tool, lights, and the skills they need to safely ride and maintain their bikes. Support our community’s youth by donating your bike! For more information about Bike Santa Cruz County’s Earn-a-Bike programs, click here.

Santa Cruz High School Community Garden Day, April 30, 10AM – 3PM 
Join Global Student Embassy student leaders in the Santa Cruz High Garden on April 30th 10:00-3:00. Access is on Laurel Street. They’ve been working incredibly hand to get their garden in shape and can use your help building their new cob benches. Come learn about cob/sustainable design with a specialist community partner and help plant our spring/summer garden! Contact for more information.

Ecology Action still needs volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering for any of our Bike Week events, please let us know. We’re known for the tastiest volunteer opportunities! Email Kira at to sign up. For schedule of Events go to Bike2Work Santa Cruz

Snap Shot Day Monitoring Event For Water Quality, May 6, 8:30 AM – 1 PM
Join the Coastal Watershed Council on May 6 for the 18th year of Snapshot Day, the the oldest and largest single-day water quality monitoring event in California! Become a citizen scientist, learn about water quality, explore local streams in Santa Cruz County and make a difference in your watershed! Learn more and sign up here.

Job/Internship: SolarDesignTool

What is Solar Design Tool? Why is this a good opportunity?

SolarDesignTool is a web app geared toward helping residential PV system designers

and installers create PV projects with accurate dimensions (integrated with Google’s Satellite database to trace roof faces), basic sales documents, and more advanced permitting & engineering documents.
The market for Solar is growing every year in the US and the world. Our app has the potential to reach millions of designers in the U.S and abroad. We currently have users in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, India, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Morocco and other countries!

Job description:

Ideal candidate criteria: Senior looking for a paid internship and employment opportunity starting ASAP, with increasing responsibility and hours leading into the summer of 2017.
  • ●  Able to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours/week until January 2017, after which point we would like you to commit more time, ultimately (by summer 2017) becoming a core team member
  • ●  Interest in Solar PV, sustainable development, green energy
  • ●  Good writing and editing skills
  • ●  Open to criticism
  • ●  Able to pick up technical knowledge
  • ●  Comfortable communicating via email, phone (calls via cell and internet connection), and in person
  • ●  Background in customer service is a plus
  • ●  Can commit to at least 1 year of employment (includes 2-month
    probationary/introductory period)
  • ●  A friendly, outgoing attitude and demeanor is a must
    Description of expectations and responsibilities:
    ●  Gaining familiarity with web application
    ●  Customer-facing support (interacting with users, communicating the features and limitations of the Tool in a helpful and friendly and patient manner)
    ●  Demoing SolarDesignTool app (reaching out to prospective users, performing live demonstrations of app’s capabilities)
If you’re interested, send a resume my way and we’ll be in contact shortly.
Shawn Kranitz 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Vox Limax: UCSC Talks About Home Gardening

April showers bring May flowers as well as July tomatoes, August snap peas, and September potatoes! As the days grow longer and warmer, Santa Cruz's green thumbs dive into black soil to sow sweet and savory summer crops! But others are not getting down-and-dirty with home gardening for a variety of reasons ranging from incompatible living situations, lack of knowledge about gardening, or tight budgets.

So this month we ask:

Why do you or why don’t you have a garden. If you do garden, what do you grow and what inspired you to get started? If you don’t, what factors prevent you from gardening?

"Ever since I was really young my grandparents have really loved gardening. Their entire backyard is full of all different types of plants. They grow apples, they raise succulents. If you walk through their garden, everywhere you go is like a forest because of how much foliage there is. They have bougainvilleas, they have peppers, they have mints and different herbs. It's really neat! They've devoted a lot of time to it!

My entire family also likes planting flowers and things like that, which I think is cool. If I do have my own place one day I think I'll definitely start planting my own stuff. Something I'm really fascinated by is vegetative propagation - being able to eat part of a plant, plant the rest and grow it again. That concept is really neat. 

My family have always been big proponents of having plants in the house, so I think growing a garden will come naturally if I ever have the capacity to make one.  Also, I think sustainability and sustenance are really important in gardening too because being able to grow fresh food is especially important in marginalized communities because they may not have access to fresh foods in general because they're so pricey in stores. So I think gardens (especially community gardens) are a really great way to allow for low-income and marginalized communities to come together and foster a space of sustenance, health, nutrition, and growth." - Katherine (Politics, Legal Studies)

"I don’t have a garden because I live in an apartment on the second floor. I guess we have a balcony [where we could put a garden box] but seeing as we struggle to take care of the house, I don’t think we could keep a garden alive." - Anonymous

"I don't garden because of a lack of space (I live on campus) and a lack of time. I also don't know much about gardening, but I guess that's easily remedied." - Kaio (Computer Science)

"One day, we found one of our snap peas rotting in the bag.  So we thought, 'Let's put it in one of these containers and it will grow!' And so we emptied out our soy sauce bottle and we put some water in there and we put the bean inside and 5 weeks later he's sprouting! His name is Ben. One day I found cilantro next to Ben. My housemate got it at the Earth Day festival. We also have a succulent... I don't know its name." - Sarina (Environmental Studies, Biology)

"I did have a little garden that I sprouted. I was going to transplant them into a larger pot.  Then one morning I was watering them - loving them and taking care of them. They were all in this little carton and they all dropped out of my hands! It was very hard to save them and now they're dead.

But I have a fern and its name is Iz. Iz is doing great." - Alina (Environmental Studies)

Friday, April 28, 2017

May 2017 Sustainability Profile: IDEASS

Impact Design Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS)

What current projects are you working on? 
Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) and Bay View Elementary Low Impact Development (LID)

How do you incorporate sustainable practices within your projects?

We incorporate a few different methods of sustainable practices into our project designs, for the current project at Bay View Elementary we are implementing Bioswales, Rain Gardens,  permeable paths and a playground surface, and a Rainwater Harvesting System. Not only will these methods supply sustainably sourced water and help prevent pollutant discharge to our oceans, they will be incorporated in a way that is aesthetically pleasing as well.

How do you collaborate with community organizations in order to reach your goal?

The DROPS grant is a joint collaboration between UCSC, the City of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works, and the City of Santa Cruz School District. There will be both a 5th grade curriculum developed to teach the LID concepts, and a public/outreach portion that will include seminars and a documentary.

How does water conservation support a sustainable community? 

Reducing the demand on potable water supplied by the City of Santa Cruz means less water pumped from the Graham Hill Treatment Plant, which means less energy used for transportation. This will be achieved by installing five separate rainwater storage tanks with a total capacity of 20,000 gallons. Reducing pollutants by filtering through vegetative Bioswales is a great way to enhance the aesthetics of a property while removing harmful pollutants such as hard metals and oil that would otherwise end up at our local beaches.

What are some green tips around sustainable water strategies that you can practice at home?  
  • Collect rainwater
  • Save shower water as it warms up and use for watering plants, flushing toilets, etc.
  • Be aware of water use: short showers, don’t let faucets run, fix leaks
  • Learn to read your water meter and calculate your daily/weekly/monthly usage
  • Try to keep all the rain falling on your property and keep from running onto the street by catching it (rain barrel), slowing it down and sinking it (bioswales and rain gardens)

Take Back the Tap Announces Partial Ban on Water Bottles

Take Back the Tap is excited to announce that after six years of working with campus administrators in negotiations, they have achieved a partial ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bottled water. Bottled water will now only be sold in the Bay Tree Book Store and Express Store. In time they hope to negotiate a full ban, and are offering 2-unit internships this quarter, so get on board by emailing chsmille[at]ucsc[dot]edu or mlkeller[at]ucsc[dot]edu, and view the full press release.

3rd Annual Campus Clean Up

Campus Cleanup Day is a large event created by the UCSC Zero Waste Team which has brought in over 300 volunteers who have collected over 540lbs of litter in the previous two years! The purpose of this campus wide cleanup event is to educate students about sustainability, waste, and litter. There will be free food and t-shirts so come early! Feel free to bring friends!