Tuesday, November 14, 2017

December 2017: Internships, Employment and Volunteering

Santa Cruz Climate Action Interns
The Climate Action Program is seeking two Climate Action interns for winter and spring quarter to assist in outreach efforts by participating in large community forums, tabling at locations throughout the city, and distributing information on the Climate Adaptation Plan Update to community members in a variety of formats. Interns will also be tasked with tracking outreach outcome metrics and in compiling and analyzing data collected through the outreach activities. These positions are unpaid, for credit internships with a preferred availability of 6 hours per week.

Sunbank Solar Water Heaters - Educational Marketing Internship
Sunbank is looking for a UCSC intern who will work directly with the CEO and help with their educational marketing campaigns. These campaigns will use a multimedia strategy to overcome the challenges that face the adoption of solar thermal technology. We are looking for someone who can assist with campaigns in progress and who can think creatively to help us start new initiatives.

Habitat For Humanity Restore - Social Media Intern
This is an opportunity to be in on an exciting new project that will go through early marketing and outreach to the community to full operation. Our program requires a part-time individual who would focus on marketing, social media, and public service announcements. Of course, there are also other shorter term volunteer opportunites available.

Allterra Environmental Consulting Internship
The internship with Allterra is ideal for students interested in careers in environmental science, marketing and communications, engineering, bio-technology, geology, hydro-geology, resource management, and general green consulting.  For more information visit Alterra Website.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2017 Sustainability Profile: Jennifer Perez

 Each month, our newsletter features a person or group on campus that is working towards a more sustainable world. This month we had the privilege to interview Jennifer Perez, a voting member of the Campus Sustainability Council. Their Organization helps to provide funds to UCSC student organizations for programs and events that create, implement, and monitor environmentally sound practices on campus. Their goal is to eventually have a collaborative setting between student organizations, faculty, and the Santa Cruz community.
Jennifer Perez
Voting Member of the Campus Sustainability Council 
During the interview, we asked how Jennifer Perez and the Campus Sustainability Council promotes sustainability.

What does sustainability mean?
 "I believe that sustainability is the the use of natural resources.  Sustainability is a institutional change among other components to create better conditions to help the needs of people." 
What sustainable practices do you live by in your daily life?
"My privileged life has given me the opportunity to own a reusable water bottle. I have it with me at all times, and I bring my own utensils for events. I also compost my food. On my less privileged life, my family and I reuse old containers. I try to be very active in many sustainable events."
 How did sustainability become your passion?   
"It became my passion during high school when I took a Marine Biology class. I realized how everything is connected to being sustainable and how it affects the earth."
 What does Campus Sustainability Council do? 
"The Campus Sustainability Council helps by funding student projects, sustainable organizations and other events. Our council consists of students of all years (Freshman-Seniors). During the fall we recruit students to train them for the Winter and Spring quarter. We start with interview process then train them to grow in the council. We collaborate with organizations such as Social Justice. During 2017, we collaborated with the Social Justice Media Center for the the 2nd annual Critical Voices Event. Funded by Alicia Garcia (Black Lives Matter founder)."
 How did you react to the President's political view towards the environment?  
"Our organization was not affected at all since we are self funded; however, I was and still am afraid of the environmental impacts since so many people do not believe in climate change. I believe there's still hope if people keep fighting for our Earth. 

 What is your long-term vision for sustainability at UCSC?
"I feel like we should place more composed bins around campus; however, my vision would be to have all colleges be informed about sustainability."
Is there a message you would like to tell UCSC students? 
" Start putting yourselves out there and help promote sustainability!" 
Campus Sustainability Council 2016-2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017: New! Sustainability Certificate Program for Employees


The Sustainability Certificate Program, launching in January, 2018, is a professional development opportunity for staff and faculty to examine sustainability issues, concepts and strategies for building a more sustainable and inclusive campus. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to empower their leadership in sustainability at UC and in their broader communities.

To complete the certificate, participants must complete the seven required courses and one elective within two academic years.

A tentative course list is as follows; finalized course listings and dates will be available on November 14th. Elective courses are asterisked. All courses will be taught by UCSC faculty and staff.
  • Introduction to Sustainability  
  • Sustainability in the UC
  • Housing, Transportation & Land Use
  • Climate Justice
  • Intersections Between Diversity & the Environment
  • Sustainability Leadership
  • Fostering Sustainable Behavior
  • Green Events
  • Sustainable Purchasing
Registration will be open on the UC Learning Center on November 14th. If you would like to receive an email reminder to register, please add yourself to the program mailing list.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

November 2017: Contests and Funding

Association of California Water Agencies Awards
The ACWA awards two scholarships each year to students in a water-resources related field of study. Awards are based on a combination of scholastic achievement and a commitment on the part of the applicants to their chosen fields, best demonstrated by pursuing a degree related to or identified with engineering, agriculture or urban water supply, environmental studies and public administration associated with resources management.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship 
The Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship is for an upper division or graduate student who shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature and an understanding of the need to practice conservation. Students pursuing degrees in environmental protection, forestry, wildlife and fisheries, biology, parks and recreation, park management, environmental law and public policy, environmental art, and California history are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program 
The Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program is for both part-time and full-time students majoring in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Forestry, Agronomy, Conservation, Plant Pathology, Environmental Concerns and/or other related subjects.
Deadline: April 11, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

2017 Global Engagement Photo Contest
The 2017 Global Engagement Photo Contest is for current UCSC International Students, current UCSC faculty or staff, and UCSC alumni who wish to share diverse cultural perspectives through photographs. Contestants are allowed a maximum of two photographs. Accepting Submissions from February 27, 2017, to March 28, 2017. Find more information and rules by clicking here.

2017 On-Campus Photography Contest
The 2017 On-Campus Photography Contest is open to all faculty, staff, and students who wish to share photographs of UC Santa Cruz for Chancellor Blumenthal's winter holiday card. Contestants are limited to three photographs. Deadline November 5th, 2017.
Find more information by clicking here.

November 2017: Campus Sustainability Plan Kick-Off Event

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the UC Santa Cruz's 5-year Campus Sustainability Plan was unveiled during its kick-off event at the Arboretum.
Vice Chancellor Sarah Latham delivered a few brief remarks and recognized the hard work of community members who helped develop the plan. Attendees also enjoyed music by a student jazz trio, raffle and prizes, refreshments, a photo booth, and electric bike demos.
The Campus Sustainability Plan focuses on four areas:
  • Learning & Culture
  • Materials Management & Food Systems
  • Natural Environment & Infrastructure
  • Climate & Energy
Each area includes specific goals, strategies, and first-year actions to help move us forward. The plan also acknowledges that concern for the environment intersects with social issues.





Saturday, October 21, 2017

November 2017: Classes, Training, and Community

Santa Cruz Farmer's Markets
Downtown Santa Cruz Farmer's Market on Wednesdays, 1:00 to 5:00pm in Fall & Winter at Cedar St. and Lincoln St.
Westside Farmer's Market on Saturdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm year-round at Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr.
Or drive to one of the other Farmer's Markets in the area: FeltonLive OakScotts Valley.

Organic Produce Pop-Up
Enjoy fresh, affordable, organic produce from the UCSC Farm & Garden and other local farms from the produce pop up. Located in the Quarry Plaza on Mondays, 10am-2pm. Find more information about the Produce-Pop Up here.

Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living
Check out the various cool programs within the Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living. There are lots of ways to get involved with them.

UCSC Bike Cooperative
Stop by the UCSC Bike Coop to service your bike, gain more bike knowledge, and meet new people. They are a fun place dedicated to promoting a sustainable mode of transportation.

Sustainability Minor
If you are interested in working in the sustainability field, pursuing green entrepreneurship, and becoming an agent of change to protect the environment, consider declaring the Sustainability Minor.

Wondering what organizations exist on campus that work on sustainability projects? The Sustainability Office has a list of organizations here.


Come to the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History's open house, located in the Natural Sciences II building (room 239). They are featuring a student art show, natural history collection displays, hands-on art making and face painting, and artist talks and demonstrations. Students and community members of all ages are welcome! Free admission and donations are encouraged. Learn more about the Norris Center event here.

Come check out the UCSC Arboretum this month on community day! You'll get free admission to the Arboretum and Botanical Garden the first Tuesday of everything month. For a list of schedules days and more information, click here.

Are you interested in learning about the flora and fauna native to the Santa Cruz area? Come to the Santa Cruz County Chapter of California Native Plant Society for a general meeting on Monday November 13th. Free admission and parking. Learn more about the Native Plant Society meeting here.

Curious about UCSC's 33-acre organic farm? Come get a free guided tour of the organically managed greenhouses, handworked garden beds, orchards, row crop fields, and children's garden on November 5th at 2pm. Learn more about the Free Guided Tour here.

Come take a behind the scenes tour of Younger Lagoon, one of the University of California's beautiful Natural Reserves. Younger Lagoon contains a diverse coastal habitat and is home to a wide array of wildlife. It is also a great spot for any birdwatchers out there! Free to UCSC undergraduate students with a student ID. Learn more about Touring Younger Lagoon here.

Growing Organic Garlic Workshop
Ever wanted to know how to grow great garlic? Join the Cultivating Organic Garlic in the Home Garden & Small Farm workshop to learn all the ins and outs of growing great garlic.  Led by Sandhill Farms garlic grower Pete Rasmussen and Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin. The workshop will be held on Sunday, November 5th at 9:30am. Learn more about the Growing Garlic Workshop here.




Monday, October 16, 2017

November 2017: Internships, Employment and Volunteering

Los Gatos High School Agroecology Class
The Los Gatos High School Agroecology class is comprised of Juniors and Seniors age 15-18. Each class has about 24 students, more than half of whom are special education students having either an IEP or 504 plan. Each student is assigned a 5’x10’ garden plot of their own to work on and experiment with throughout the school year. The class focuses on the cultivation of annual edible and ornamental plants. As each plant goes through its complete life cycle, students have the opportunity to observe and document all of its life stages. Find more information by visiting this link. Contact: philip.rosenblum@gmail.com



Looking for Disciplined self study independent study partially unsupervised super passionate enthusiastic researcher self reliant student. Must be search savvy to try many different possibilities of key words searching on internet plus attend as many green conferences or local gov't public meetings as possible. Find more information by visiting this link. Contact: TheGreenArchitect@gmail.com

Walker Creek Ranch Paid Internship
This is a ten month paid internship in which Interns are responsible for leading hikes, teambuilding, and lessons for groups of approximately twenty students from a variety of cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. Interns receive paid training and continuing mentorship throughout the school year. Find more information by visiting this link. Contact: agordon@marinschools.org

During the school year, a select group of Aptos, Pajaro Valley and Watsonville High School students will be enrolled in a Coastal Ecology science class where they will learn about environmental issues related to local watersheds. Find more information by visiting this link.

Koret Scholarship
Scholarships available for undergraduate research and creative projects! You can earn academic credit, present your work at Koret Slam and much more! For more information, visit this link.