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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

March 2014: Classes, Training, and Community

Earth Summit 2014
Earth Summit is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and the community to unite over passion for environmental sustainability, social justice, education and food. Join us to engage in learning and get involved! This event will feature inspiring keynote speakers, educational workshops, interactive tabling, delicious local food and spoken word entertainment! Earth Summit will be on March 6th, from 10am-4pm in the College 9/10 Multipurpose Room.

Education for Sustainable Living Program Seeks Interns
ESLP is looking for 2 and 5 unit Interns for next quarter! They need: 
  • General interns to help with the organizing process of producing a successful student led class and lecture series
  • Food Sourcing Interns who are responsible for the sustainable shopping and cooking of meals for our honored guest speakers next quarter
  • Media Interns to take part in filming and editing a creative ESLP informational video.
Email eslp [at] ucsc [dot] edu if you are interested in setting up an interview or have any questions.

People Power Bike Commuting Workshops Every 3rd Monday
People Power of Santa Cruz County is partnering with two interns from the UC Santa Cruz Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS) program to create and host bicycle commuting workshops throughout Santa Cruz County. They seek ten local businesses that would like to provide lunchtime workshops to their employees, available between March and July of 2014. There will also be free community workshops offered monthly, starting March 17th from 6-7 PM at the People Power office, 703 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. The workshops will include rules of the road, basic skills and maintenance and how to choose the best route. To learn more, click here.

People Power: Engaging Sustainable Transportation Solutions meets every Friday from 8 - 10:40 AM in the Kresge Seminar Room. This 2-unit course is being co-taught by two undergrad students and is open to all, even if you aren't enrolled or can only attend one meeting. Each week features a different theme, ranging from the local community to bicycles to walking to feminism & social justice to public transportation, and much more! Speakers are lined up throughout the quarter, including Mark Lakeman of the City Repair Project, a representative from Tesla Motors, TAPS Director, a representative from the Regional Transportation Commission, and many more! The class blog can be found here, and the syllabus with week-by-week details and speaker information is available for viewing here. For more information email Melissa Ott at mott [at] ucsc [dot] edu.

The four-week workshop takes place annually, in California and Denmark, with the 2014 edition in California. It starts with one week of online preparation and continues with three weeks of lectures, seminars and field trips in California. Participants will learn about the economics, politics, science, and technology behind renewable energy implementation from leading experts, while exploring communities and relevant energy sites where such technology is in place or currently being implemented. The faculty is composed of U.S. and Danish professors, as well as, external professionals and researchers with proven experience in their field. Students will work on team-based projects related to renewable energy solutions to specific problems. The interdisciplinary approach and holistic perspective allows students with various academic backgrounds to interact and develop concrete final project ideas, while targeting today’s energy problems from different angles. For more information click here.
Do you want to work in the green economy? Don't miss the Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS) presentations at the New Tech MeetUp downtown at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 5. Come support your fellow slugs and take advantage of this amazing networking opportunity and connect with some of the leading entrepreneurs of CA. A lot of top talent from Silicon Valley attend these events and are looking to support creativity on this side of the hill. Make sure to be on time to get a spot! More information about new Tech MeetUp is here.

The Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and the Social Development Organization of Nicaragua (ASDENIC), along with an interdisciplinary coordinating committee, announce the XV International Agroecology Shortcourse, which will be held in the Parque de las Ciencias Estelimar, located near the city of EstelĂ­ in the north of Nicaragua from July 6-18, 2014. The main topic of the course is Agroecology and Social Transformation: transdisciplinarity, health, and human development. Applications are due April 15, 2014. See the announcement and event poster for full information.

Learn more about exciting marine research behind the scenes and experience the spectacular surroundings of the Seymour Center at one of the tours offered each week, including Marine Mammal Research Tours, Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours, and Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Tours. For details, please visit the website.

Interested in learning more about electric vehicle charging developments planned for UCSC? Want to know of potential electrical shutdowns at Core West? Transportation and Parking Services is wanting to be in better touch with our electric vehicle user community at UCSC – please send an email to Teresa at tabuika [at] ucsc [dot] edu to be added to the list of current electric vehicle users. Learn more about UCSC's current EV accomodations on the TAPS website.
Join PICA to help with planting veggies, digging garden beds, building compost, and sowing seeds! A free garden grown lunch will be served. Meet in A-Quad in The Village every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM (Winter Quarter: January 18th to March 8th). For more info check out:

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