Each month, our newsletter features a person or group on campus that is working toward a more sustainable world. This month's profile features Tamara Ball, a Post-Doctoral Researcher and instructor for the Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS) program, which is currently accepting applications for next year.
We asked Tamara what she thinks about sustainability and how it relates to her work at UCSC.
Name: Tamara Ball
Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher & IDEASS instructor
Education: Amherst College as undergraduate, UC Santa Cruz Doctorate of Education
Favorite Green Tips: Hanging laundry to dry. Laundry to landscape. Growing as much of your own food as the snails and gophers will allow (less time to make hummus with parsley & cilantro from garden than to run to the store). Shopping at the thrift on a quest to never buy new. Native no mow fescue grass. Putting young people's ideas into action.
What does "sustainability" mean to you? In a word - perhaps it means Balance. Balance is not stillness - it is ongoing motion. A constant re-direction, re-generation, re-creation as a system strains against itself.
How does sustainability relate to your role at UCSC? My involvement with the IDEASS program over the last three years has allowed me the privilege of encouraging and supporting talented students as they work towards completing sustainable design projects that are making noticeable and tangible impacts in our community. These projects cover a broad range of topics from game design to "yellow grease" to renewable energy microgrids.
How do you practice sustainability in your daily life? Not purchasing what I don't need. Walking to wherever whenever I can (even with toddler and baby in tow). Recharging batteries rather than depending on Duracel. Ball jars for tupperware.
Have you had a favorite sustainability moment at UCSC? Meeting the most recent cohort of IDEASS interns for the first time last fall. Looking forward to another inspiring round of projects.
We are accepting applications now for 2013/2014 academic year. Students should apply online at sustainability.ucsc/ideass and learn what it takes to make their best idea become a reality.