Thursday, April 20, 2017

May 2017: Classes, Trainings, Community

ESLP Speaker Series: Monday nights 7-10pm @ Kresge Town Hall
Education for a Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) holds a weekly lecture series every spring quarter. Each Monday night at the Kresge Town Hall, ESLP invites knowledgeable and interesting experts to speak on topics such as sustainable living, food systems, energy, and social justice. Find out more on their website. The series is open to the public, so you are welcome to join them! For accommodations contact 831-459-1714.

Community Meetings on Mondays at 12 pm throughout Spring Quarter
Hosted by the Common Ground Center, these community meetings are a student run space for ideas, food, and discussion. These meetings happen on the 1st and 3rd Monday's from April 10th through June 5th at 12 pm at the Kresge Seminar Room 159. For more information and accommodations, please email the Common Ground Center.

Permaculture and Agroecology Films and Speakers on Tuesday Nights at the UCSC Village
Join the Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) on Tuesday nights from April 11th to June 6th in A3 classroom at the UCSC Village. Check the graphic below for themes, times and speakers. For more information, check out PICA's Facebook page.

The Human Race - Santa Cruz on May 13th
The Human Race is an opportunity for Santa Cruz County nonprofits, individuals and groups to fundraise for local programs. The Human Race has been helping nonprofits fundraise together for over 35 years. The 5 mile fun run and walk goes from 2300 Delaware Ave to Lighthouse Park and back. Event day includes complimentary breakfast and lunch, music, entertainment and prizes. They are looking for donations and volunteers. The event is on May 13th and there are two volunteer shifts, 8:30-10:30am or 10am-12pm. Find out more on their website.

Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop - June 28-30
Registration is now open for this three-day workshop, happening June 28-30 at University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, is for faculty, administrators and staff of all disciplines, as well as community organizers and city officials and planners, who wish to interconnect and integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their campus, curriculum and departments. The format will include opportunities for participants to bring forward topics from their own experiences to inform the discussion and gain insight from the perspectives of the presenters as well as fellow participants. Register online by June 2.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Online Workshop - May 22 to June 25 OR June 26 to July 30 This online event is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse issues of sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline. Sustainability issues across all disciplines and the intent of this course is to identify those areas of intersection. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real-world sustainability problems will be explored. Three graduate credits are available through Aurora University. Students must have earned a bachelor's degree in order to receive graduate credits. Sign up online now!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

May 2017: Contests and Funding

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition: Deadline July 31st
The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global program intended to support the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Young people from around the world are invited to submit innovative ideas and projects that contribute to one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Check out this link if you'd like to apply! Deadline to apply is July 31.

Spring 2017 Sustainability Project Grants: Deadline April 12th

The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) at UC Santa Cruz is soliciting proposals for Spring 2017 sustainable project grants. Through Ballot Measure 14 passed in 2006, the CSC receives $6 per undergraduate student per quarter to allocate to organizations for projects addressing themes outlined in the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus. Check out this link if you would like to apply.

Special Promotion for UCSC Students, Staff and Faculty interested in Purchasing or Leasing an Electric Vehicle
Interested in purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle? Nissan and Ford have special promotions available to all UCSC students, staff and faculty through the end of June. In addition, the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) and PG&E have special rebates you may be eligible for to further reduce your lease or purchase costs. Please go to the TAPS website for more information.

Email Survey to win Potential $50 Gift Card 
Please watch your emails for a link to complete the annual UCSC Transportation
Survey during the first week of May. Survey information is used to plan for a
more efficient circulation system on campus and to better understand our
commuting population’s patterns and needs. All participants are eligible to win one
of five $50 gift cards to the Bay Tree Bookstore.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Benjamin Von Wong Event: 4/19: FREE dinner and #MermaidsHatePlastic speaker!

The UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office is excited to share with you that we're bringing world-recognized photographer Benjamin Von Wong to campus next Wednesday, April 19th in conjunction with Earth Week.  

Von Wong is a photographer, creative director, social influencer and conservationist. As the creator of the viral #MermaidsHatePlastic campaign, he uses artistic innovation to bring attention and action to the real-world problem of oceanic plastic pollution. Von Wong's hyper-realistic style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts. His work has been featured in Gizmodo, Today, ABC, and The Huffington Post. He is currently focused on conservation-related projects. 

Von Wong's talk, Storytelling 2.0, will be hosted at the Oakes Learning Center next Wednesday evening (4/19) from 7-8pm.  This event is free and open to the public. RSVP through the Facebook event page:

For current UC Santa Cruz students, the talk is immediately preceded by an Arts & Action Banquet at the Rachel Carson/Oakes Dining Hall from 5-7pm, which will include a FREE Earth Week-inspired meal featuring local, sustainable, and organic foods. Students with meal plans will swipe in as usual; students with no meal plans need only to show their student ID to attend. Trivia, DIY activities, an Earth Week pledge, and prizes will also be featured!

We hope to see you and your fellow sustainabilibuddies next Wednesday evening for the Banquet and Von Wong's talk!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Carbon Fund Celebrates 16 New Projects

The UCSC Carbon Fund, which consists of undergraduate and graduate student fees, strives to build a sustainable future by working to mitigate climate change by funding projects that directly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, conduct relevant research, or carry out education and behavioral change programs at UCSC or in the Santa Cruz community. The Committee is made up of  8 students, staff, and faculty representatives from sustainable organizations around campus. Currently there are about 30 projects being funded through the Carbon Fund, and this year they allocated about $130,000 to 16 new projects. Read about the recently funded projects on the Carbon Fund website.

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One of the funded projects this year will enable the new Colleges 9&10 Garden to purchase and plant some fruit trees!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 2017 Sustainability Profile: Genoa Faber

Genoa Faber

Office Manager/Event Coordinator of the Sustainability Office

Educational background: 
Studied Environmental Studies at Cabrillo College. Received a B.F.A in Digital Media from San Jose State University

What did you do before coming to UCSC? 
Previously I was the Program Associate - Alumni and Grant Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. I worked closely with environmental artists to coordinate art exhibits around the country.

What does "sustainability" mean to you? 
What sustainability means to me is the ability to connect a community through the environment, social practices and economic equality for a continued balance of resources and reduction of waste. I believe that education is the key to successful sustainable communities.

How do you practice sustainability in your daily life? 
I practice sustainability in my everyday life by the moto “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” I reduce the about of waste I generate, reuse materials when I can and recycle. I continue to buy local food and support organizations that give back to the community and the environment.

What are you most looking forward to about working in the Sustainability Office? 
I look forward to working with the bright UCSC students that will be essential leaders in environmental development to create sustainable practices within our communities.

Each month, our newsletter features a person or group on campus that is working toward a more sustainable world. If you know of a person or group on campus that you think we should profile, or if you would like to be profiled, please send us an email.

Monday, March 27, 2017

April 2017: Internships, Employment, & Volunteering


Students for Organic Solutions Campaign Membership
The Student Environmental Center's Students for Organic Solutions (SOS) campaign is seeking members for Spring Quarter.  Current projects include addressing food insecurity, creating mindfullness in food waste, and increasing the amount of composting on campus.  Both two-unit and five-unit internships available.  For more information, and to apply, email Sofia Vermeulen at svermeul[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Self-directed Sustainable Transportation Internships
The Student Environmental Center Transportation Campaign is looking for enthusiastic volunteer to spearhead and work on their own projects relating to transportation sustainability!  Two-unit and five-unit internships avaliable.  For more information, and to apply, email Tanya van Renesse at tvanrene[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Provost's Sustainability Internship Program: Deadline April 28
The Provost's Sustainability Internship Program (PSI) is accepting applications for the next academic year.  PSI is a year-long combination course/internship that helps students develop leadership skills for an environmental career. Interns are paired with mentors who work with them on projects and research that help the campus reach its Campus Sustainability Plan goals. Students receive internship credit for the fall, winter, and spring quarters and a $1500 stipend upon completion of the program in spring quarter.  PSI student applications are available now.  For questions, contact the PSI program at psi[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Incoming Frosh Outreach Ambassadors: Deadline April 7 (40 positions)
UCSC's Call-a-thon Team is now recruiting for Outreach Ambassadors! This new initiative is designed to help new Fall applicants feel more connected to UCSC before coming to Orientation and beginning in Fall. The team looking to find 40 student interns who will make up the calling team. For full details, and to apply, visit Slug Quest (job # 49148).  Position is paid, 8-10 hours per week. All students are encouraged to apply.

American Indian Resource Center Intern: Deadline June 16
The American Indian Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the needs of American Indian students and increasing Native visibility on campus by advocating students centered programs, cultural events, and tools for academic success. AIRC student interns gain leadership, facilitation, event planning, research, and project management skills as well as the opportunity to learn more about American Indian culture, history, and current issues. 10 hour-per-week commitment. For more info, please contact AIRC Director Rebecca Rosser at rrosser[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

California Botanical Society Paul Silva Student Research Grants: Deadline April 24
The California Botanical Society's Paul Silva Student Research Grant is now available to qualified undergraduate and graduate students working on projects that will help achieve the California Botanical Society's goal of advancing Western American botany. Application requires a letter of support from a faculty advisor. For full details, and to apply, visit the California Botanical Society's website

RE-volv Solar Ambassador Program: Deadline April 28
RE-volv's Solar Ambassador Program is offering college students an opportunity to develop project management, outreach and communications skills while tangibly taking action on climate change through solar energy. Student teams will receive in-depth training in solar energy policy, financing, crowdfunding and community organizing while working in their community to deploy a solar energy project for a local nonprofit. Applications can be found at RE-volv's website. Applications close on April 28th. For questions, please contact info[at]re-volv[dot]org."

US Department of the Interior - Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance:
The Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance (OEPC), Region IX (San Francisco, CA office) is offering full-time and part-time internship opportunities for both Spring and Summer.  As an OEPC intern, you will gain benefits such as: an understanding of existing and evolving regulations and resources; coordinate with Department of the Interior bureaus and other federal, state, and tribal agencies; and reviewing proposed agency actions, and conduct general document research. You may have a hand in several of the OEPC's ongoing projects. Qualified applicants must have US citizenship and must be a current student. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Janet Whitlock at janet[underscore]whitlock[at]ios[dot]doi[dot]gov


Student Sustainability Advisers: Deadline April 28th 
The CHES-Student Sustainability Advisers are accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year with 7 positions available; Cowell/Stevenson SSA, Crown/Merrill SSA, College Nine/College Ten SSA, Porter/Kresge/Redwood Grove SSA, Oakes/Rachel Carson College SSA, Family Student Housing/Graduate Student Housing SSA, and Camper Park/The Village/University Town Center SSA. The positions are available on the UCSC Career Center ER system (ER# 7056) and all students are welcome to apply. The SSA's are seeking for staff that are passionate about promoting sustainability on campus to housing residents. If selected to be an SSA, applicants will be guaranteed on-campus housing in their assigned area, and a $1500 rent credit per quarter. The student application is located here. For any questions or concerns, please contact Catherine L. Green at calgreen[at]ucsc[dot]edu or 831-459-5714.

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Job Fair: April 18 1:30pm - 2:30pm (multiple offerings)
The UCSC Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Department and UCSC Career Center, will be hosting a job fair on April 18.  Fair is open to all students interested in finding an EEB-related career or internship.  The fair will be on Monday, April 18 from 1:30 - 2:30pm in the Cervantes & Velasquez Conference Room (above the Bookstore).  For disability-related accommodations, please call (83I) 459 -2I84.  For more information, email the EEB advisors at eebadvising[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center: Open Until Filled (multiple offerings)
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is seeking two Program Assistants.  Program assistants Assist in the daily operations at the Center, act as a point of contact for volunteers, and assist with administrative duties.  Position is part time, two 8-hour days per week from April - September.  Undergraduate Environmental Studies, Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, or similar majors desired. Qualified applicants should enjoy working with the public and have experience with Microsoft Excel.  Full details available on the Sanctuary's assistant flyer.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is also seeking a Maintenance Specialist to fill apart-time position (approximately 20 hours per week) on a contract with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.  Responsibilities include maintaining all aspects of the building’s operations (HVAC, boiler, hot water, fresh and saltwater systems, safety equipment, lighting, janitorial oversight, restrooms, etc).  Qualified applicants should have five or more years of professional experience with facility maintenance and day-to-day experience operating building systems (e.g. heating, plumbing, lighting, electrical, fire/life safety, and elevators).  Full details available on the Sanctuary's maintenance flyer.

Carbon Lighthouse (multiple positions)
Carbon Lighthouse, a green energy consulting group, is hiring for multiple positions at their New York City and San Francisco offices.  Openings include Project Manager, Engineer, Field Technician, and Sales Development Representative.  Internships are available as well.  Full details and application information available at Carbon Lighthouse's website.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: Deadline April 10 (2 positions)
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties) is looking to hire two seasonal rangers.  Rangers have a wide variety of responsibilities and opportunities to exercise independent judgment while working on District preserves. Rangers patrol on foot, in all-terrain vehicles, and in four wheel drive patrol trucks. Rangers ensure safe public use of preserves and provide visitors information while enforcing District land use regulations and applicable laws. Rangers also respond to emergency calls and perform maintenance and resource management work on District properties and facilities.  Qualified applicants should have completed police officer or ranger law-enforcement training.  Full details available on Midpeninsula's flyer.


Earth Day Santa Cruz 2017
Earth Day Santa Cruz 2017 is an annual community event that offers education, activities for kids , live music, and a focus on green businesses.  The event is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including manning the rock wall, providing event information, educating kids at the Eco-Station, and managing traffic flow.  For more information, and to sign up, visit the Earth Day web page.

Midpeninsula Open Space District Ranger Flyer