Thursday, October 23, 2014

Climate Action: Why It Matters and How to Help


Fossil Free UC (FFUC) is a campaign made up of a coalition of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the entire UC system, with additional support from partner organizations like the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) and 350.org.  The campaign strives to: a) raise awareness on and off campus of the dangers of fossil fuels, b) pressure the UC Regents to vote for a full divestment of the General Endowment Pool, and c) to aid the administration in developing a reinvestment plan that is both adjusted for climate risk and socially responsible, thereby upholding the mission of the university. Visit their website or email divestuc@gmail.com to get involved.

The UCSC Carbon Fund committee strives for a sustainable future by working to mitigate Climate Change through funding and participating in projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conduct relevant research, or carry out education and behavioral change programs.  The Committee’s commitment is foremost to the campus and its students, but also to the wider community as Climate Change is a threat without boundaries. Visit their website or email carbonfund.ucsc@gmail.com for more information.

PowerSave Campus is a student-driven energy efficiency education program that promotes careers inthe field, generates actual energy savings, increases awareness of the importance of energy efficiency and encourages academic infusion of sustainability concepts. Visit their website or email powersave@googlegroups.com to learn more.

UCSC Green Labs includes a committee, a certification program and an education & outreach element that implements energy efficiency, waste reduction, and purchasing programs in campus labs through behavior change, physical improvements, and education. Visit their website or email to get involved.

To help out on a more personal level, check out this Carbon Footprint Calculator to keep track of your greenhouse gas emissions!

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