Monday, January 8, 2018

January 2018: Green Tips

With each new year comes a bundle of resolutions—some of which get never resolved—but nevertheless, many adopt a value of becoming more 'green'. Regardless of the staticity of the resolution, you can start taking baby steps by adopting practical practices that you might incorporate into your regular routine. We've listed some general, simple, and most importantly, realistic tips for this year that are easy to implement!

1. Cut down on meat


  • You don't have to become vegan to make a difference. Simply participating in meatless mondays or intermittent vegetarianism can help reduce the massive amounts of land, food, energy, water, and immense animal suffering that results from animal agriculture. The United States Environmental Protection Agency also notes that ~20% of greenhouse gas emission result from agricultural practices, including livestock, soils, and the intensive farming of animals.

2. Divert your trash from landfills

3. Eliminate phantom power.

  • Most electronic devices actually still use electricity, even when they're powered down or in standby mode. By unplugging laptop chargers, toasters, blenders, and other small household electronics during the year when you're not using them, you'll not only save on your PGE bill, but reduce your carbon footprint!

4. Unsubscribe from junk mail

  • Is there a pile of mile somewhere in your house or apartment currently? Will you ever read any of it before it ends up in the trash? According to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), over 11.9 billion catalogs were mailed out in 2013. Save yourself and the trees by banishing junk mail from your mailbox.

5. Eat more local products

January 2018: 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.

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program
The Switzer Fellowship is granted to exceptional graduate students—10 in New England and 10 in California—who exhibit a promising future in environmental improvement and leadership. Winners get a one-year $15,000 cash prize, networking opportunities, and support to help foster their growth as environmental professionals.
Deadline: TBD
Find more information by clicking here.

Friday, December 29, 2017

January 2018: Classes, Trainings, and Community

Basic Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Learn the goals and techniques of pruning fruit trees in this lecture and demonstration workshop. Get hands-on pointers on how to prune your fruit trees to maximize health and production. This class will be held at the UCSC Farm on January 13th at 9:30am. For more information click here.

Free Bike Maintenance at OPERS
The TAPS Bicycle Program co-sponsors a weekly bicycle maintenance clinic with OPERS to assist UC affiliates with keeping their bikes in safe operating condition. Drop-in bicycle maintenance is offered on Thursdays at the Recreation Office Porch located at the East Field House, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information click here.

Friends of Community Agroecology Network Meeting (FoCAN)

FoCAN is a student-initiated, student-led community that promotes sustainable, community-based development, solidarity economies, and interdisciplinary conversations amongst students at the University of California, Santa Cruz. FoCAN's leadership team meets every Wednesday at 5pm above Global Village Cafe in McHenry library; these meetings are open to students interested in interning and/or getting involved. These meetings, called Cultivating a Daily Revolution, create spaces that foster dialogue and experiential learning about the global food system and sustainability. For more information click here.

Fruit Tree Q&A Session
Come join Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers, and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Gardens for a free talk and Q&A session on fruit trees. This event takes place on January 20th at the San Lorenzo Garden Center in Santa Cruz. For more information on this event click here.

Santa Cruz Warf Eco-Tours
Enjoy a self-guided tour with the Santa Cruz Eco-Tour Green Spot App or a guided tour offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM for thirty minutes each. Learn about marine research, sea lions, red tides, sustainable energy, and view wildlife from a 1/2 mile out to sea without leaving shore. For more information click here.

Sun-Work Rooftop Solar Energy Training: January 13th
A free three-hour training session about rooftop solar energy will be offered on Saturday, January 13th at 12:30pm in Berkeley. This training is being sponsored by SunWork, a Bay-Area nonprofit that installs rooftop PV systems on small-energy-footprint homes with the help of volunteers. Register for the training here.

UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Summer Program: California Ecology, and Conservation
The UC Natural Reserve System is now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Field Studies Program: California Ecology and Conservation. Students from across the UC system have gained strong independent scientific research skills while immersed in the training grounds of the UC natural reserves of Big Sur, the Mojave Desert, coastal redwoods, California grasslands, and among the high altitude bristlecone pines. Check out this video and the article Non-stop Nature to get a glimpse of what students are calling the most rewarding experience of their undergraduate careers. Applications are due February 5th, 2018.

Women/Trans Bike Church Workshop
Bicycle maintenance has traditionally been an overwhelmingly male-dominated area. This workshop provides a safer space for women and trans-identified folks to work on their bikes and learn new skills. Workshops are facilitated by female and non-binary mechanics and occur every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 12-3pm. For more information click here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

January 2018: Internships, Employment and Volunteering

Biological Science Technician
This position is part of the Uvalde National Fish Hatchery. As a Biological Science Technician you will be responsible for planning and carry out daily aquatic animal husbandry duties such as, but not limited to, specimen collection, aquatic holding system design, construction, and maintenance, feeding, breeding, and rearing aquatic species, implementation of standard biosecurity and health practices including disease treatment if needed. For more information, visit this website.

Fish & Wildlife Scientific Aid
Aid in monitoring the success of habitat management activities on California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) managed wildlife areas and lands enrolled in private land incentive programs by quantifying the ecological benefits of various management activities. For more information, visit this website.

Coordinator - Sustainability Certification
The primary responsibilities of the Coordinator include managing audit projects and administrative tasks related to communications, expense reports, invoices, audit scheduling, trip planning, report review and application processing. The Coordinator is also responsible for documentation of all the aforementioned activities on an ongoing basis in SCS’ database. For more information, visit this website.

Park Rangers - Kings Canyon, Sequioa National Park
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we continue our second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. For more information, visit this website.

Air Pollution Specialist
The selected candidate will apply scientific principles to the development of base and future year emissions inventories and develop emission inventory summarization and quality assurance tools. Specific tasks may include the design of database queries to extract relevant information from the emission databases; design of database quality assurance routines; development and automation of reports summarizing emission estimates including future emission trends; and working with staff to prepare detailed documentation of methodologies for estimating emissions for various sources; and development of area source methodologies. For more information, visit this website.

December 2017 Sustainability Profile: Kevin Bell


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 Kevin Bell, a Professor at the University Of California Santa Cruz. He has done research in urbanizing watershed management, outcomes of the Pacific Northwest Power Planning Act of 1980, and the Sustainable Water Resource Policy. He has worked in various locations in which he was Principal, Convergence Research 1992-current. Policy Director, Northwest Energy Coalition, 1990-1992. Field Hydrologist, King County Surface Water Utility, 1989-1990. During the interview, we asked how Professor Bell promotes sustainability.

What does sustainability mean to you?
"Sustainability means to give everyone, 10 Billion people, a life where they have enough food, shelter, healthcare, safety, and clean water. Even though we are experiencing planet crisis, we have to go through the inevitable social classes; to have people give the earth a chance to recover in order to have the modern life we desire."
What sustainable practice do you live by in your daily life?
 "I live in a tiny house where I try to grow my own food and do extreme recycling, like in Seattle where the recycling is much better than it is here. I buy products that will last and keep my carbon footprint as small as possible. I practice this because it is more of a religious ritual because it doesn't change many things unless everyone were to do it. I do things personally because I believe in it but I also know it won't make a difference unless we do something about it."
How did sustainability become your passion?
"I was in college in Washington, where I am from. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the Pacific Northwest was in the middle of the most ambitious nuclear power construction program ever. I was taking a class in energy engineering. Two things were happening: the first thing the research on how passive and active solar energy could go to a point where we could design a system that would work to build a system to make it from basic materials. The Pacific Northwest did not have enough money to build this idea. It costs more money at the end of the year than it did when we started to build the system. I was  part of a group of 1000 plus people to create a product that produces less damage and uses sustainable energy. All of this got me into doing research and I have been doing this ever since... . The second thing was when I was working on a hydroelectric project and made various surveys in Washington, which led me to work for many agencies in the future."
What does your program do?
" IDEASS is a program which was created to give students the skills and opportunities to  solve problems they haven't seen before  and have them think of new ways and various solutions to their objective. To have them obtain critical skills in their research. To show students how to grow food on their own with minimal amount of work and cost. To have students understand that grades are not worth much if you haven't learn any skills for your future"
 A lot of people involved in sustainability have brought up the question of how to have challenging conversations with friends, family members, and roommates that may not be as aware or interested in sustainability. How do you deal with those challenging conversations?
" Usually, I begin by telling them to think of their life in 50 years. What I have noticed is more people think its technology that will discover the answer to a sustainable life. One of my pet peeve is people believe technology will save us from our own destruction. It won't happen because physical actions will do more than us hoping technology will help us all. A lot of big corporations believe this is the solution."
What is your long-term vision for sustainability at UCSC?
 " Get serious, talk less and do more!"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December 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.

Monday, November 27, 2017

December 2017: Classes, Training, and Community

New CNI- Climate Action Course Coming to UCSC in 2018
Keep an eye out for the new multicampus course coming soon to UCSC. The course, "Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions", seeks to attract students from all different disciplines to identify and explore solution-focused climate action projects. This course will be offered at three other UC's starting winter quarter and will be offered at UCSC later in 2018.

Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course: January 1st Early Bird Deadline
Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous people, and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and institutions. This course includes the internationally recognized 72-hour curriculum, augmented by an additional 38 hours of hands-on practice and field trips. Plus, folks have the option to camp on site each weekend and build community by the fire! The early bird deadline if January 1st. Payment plants, low-income, and youth POC discounts are offered. For more information visit their website here.

School for Field Studies Environmentally Focused Study Abroad Opportunities
The School for Field Studies (SFS) creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Their educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where they live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship. Learn more about UCSC opportunities through this program or visit their website here.


Sun-Work Rooftop Solar Energy Training: December 9th & 16th
A free three-hour training session about rooftop solar energy will be offered on Saturday, December 9th at 9am in Cupertino and Saturday, December 16th at 1pm in Walnut Creek. These trainings are being sponsored by SunWork, a Bay-Area nonprofit that installs rooftop PV systems on small-energy-footprint homes with the help of volunteers. Register for the training here.

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.

UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Summer Program: California Ecology, and Conservation
The UC Natural Reserve System is now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Field Studies Program: California Ecology and Conservation. Students from across the UC system have gained strong independent scientific research skills while immersed in the training grounds of the UC natural reserves of Big Sur, the Mojave Desert, coastal redwoods, California grasslands, and among the high altitude bristlecone pines. Check out this video and the article Non-stop Nature to get a glimpse of what students are calling the most rewarding experience of their undergraduate careers. Applications are due February 5th, 2018.

UCSC Sustainability Classes for Winter 2017
CRSN 56: Media Internship for Sustainability (2 units)
If you are interested in using media platforms to tackle sustainability issues you should consider enrolling in CRSN 56 this winter. Students will work in groups to develop media projects related to Carson Colleges's theme of "Environment and Society". Enrollment is by application and instructor consent only.
CRSN 151A: Sustainability Praxis in the Built Environment (5 units)
This class is perfect for students wishing to develop tools and practices for conducting research in sustainability and performing research analysis.
ENVS 130B: Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
If you are interested in applying sustainability through understanding the complex set of interactions between ecological, social, and economic components of an agroecosystem, this class is for you. It will examine case studies drawing from current issues in U.S. agriculture and provide a basis for formulating sustainable policy.
ENVS 143: Sustainable Development: Economy, Policy, and Environment
This class examines how to solve global poverty without causing damage to the planet. It will analyze interactions among population, economic growth, poverty, global consumption ethos, property rights systems, global economy, state capacity, and environmental damage.