Tuesday, November 20, 2012

December 2012: Classes, Training, & Community

Waste Prevention & Water Blueprint Breakout: January 23
The Student Environmental Center (SEC) is hosting its fourth Blueprint Breakout of the year on January 23rd, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in the College Eight Red Room. The topics of this breakout will be Waste Prevention and Water. Come contribute your ideas for how to make the UCSC community more sustainable so they can be included in this year's Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus. There will be a free catered dinner provided for all participants. Please contact Katie Lippus with questions.

Sustainability Community Hikes On-Campus - All Are Welcome!
Join fellow UCSC Sustainability Community members for hikes into upper campus, led by Melissa Ott and Brenden Fant, two student sustainability leaders at UCSC. These hikes present opportunities to relax and get to know one another in an informal, inter-organizational setting. The goal is to have fun, build relationships and friendships, and explore our campus's natural reserves in an unstructured way. Skills sharing and participant-led activities during the hike are encouraged! Please email Melissa Ott to join the email list, or join the Facebook group here.

This winter quarter course will explore the roles that metaphor and story-telling play in the process of creating environmental art.  Students will study examples of art works by ecologically engaged artists as well as scientists and activists, informing students' practice around our own the environmentally focused works.  Learn more about the program here.

Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship Application Deadline February 1
The Environmental Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2013 Fellowship Program. The program brings together environmental and social change leaders from academia, business, government and the non-profit sector. It offers intensive leadership training and regional networking opportunities. The application deadline is February 1, 2013.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course and Leadership Training - February 16-24
Go beyond sustainability towards a truly regenerative culture! The Regenerative Leadership Institute's experiential permaculture design certification course is your path towards a career in regenerative permaculture design and a truly thriving life, deeply rooted in the patterns of nature and a larger vision of regenerative community and regenerative culture. This intensive retreat lasts from February 16-24. Apply on the website today!

The program offers the chance to credential sustainability work through single seminars or a six-seminar sustainability leadership certificate. All work is completed online. Participants will learn to assess the sustainability of their organization's policies and practices, communicate sustainability initiatives and evaluate best practices. New online seminars begin 11 times each year, and the next session start date is January 24. Upcoming seminars include "Tools and Techniques for Planning and Managing Sustainability Projects" and "A Systems Approach to Sustainability."

Heard about other sustainability related classes, trainings, or community opportunities around Santa Cruz or the campus? Post in the comments!

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