Friday, October 24, 2014

November 2014: Classes, Training, and Community

From Garden to Plate PICA Workshop - November 9
PICA is an experiential learning/living program meant to engage students with sustainability through practical experience and the sharing of community based knowledge. Their first workshop will be “From Garden to Plate: How to Create a Locally Sourced Feast” on Sunday, November 9 from 1AM - 2 PM at the Village in the F Quad kitchen. If you are interested in reserving a space for this workshop, please contact Kelsey Jones (kemjones [at] ucsc [dot] edu), PICA's Outreach Coordinator.
Fermentation Workshop with PICA - November 23
PICA will be offering hands on sustainable workshops this Fall Quarter. The fermentation workshop with Sally Neas will teach participants how to make sauerkraut and bread on Sunday, November 23 from 11 AM - 1:30 PM at The Village Kitchen.  The workshop is being capped at 20 people so you must RSVP to kemjones [at] ucsc [dot] edu by Thursday, November 20!

PICA Garden Workdays - Saturdays
The Program in Community and Agroecology welcomes all UCSC students to their Saturday Garden Workdays. You can learn how to grow your own food and enjoy fun and a fabulous garden fresh lunch. The PICA Garden Workdays will be held every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM, November 8 through Dec 6. 

Join Fossil Free UCSC to Divest UC Funds from Fossil Fuel Investments
Fossil Free UC is a student-led campaign building a movement to tackle climate change and secure a just and prosperous future. Divestment is the tactic, and reinvestment is the solution. The goal is to stigmatize and restrict the extractive operations of fossil fuel companies that stand in the way of the political, societal and technological changes needed to continue living on this planet. That money will be reinvested in climate solutions. The next UC Regents' Meeting is coming up on November 19-20, and Fossil Free UC is planning campus actions to show that students, staff, and faculty will not give up and go home because the Regents say no. Interested in learning more or joining? Email Alden at aphinney [at] ucsc [dot] edu or like the Facebook page.

Lead a Class for ESLP Spring 2014 - Deadline November 12
Imagine being able to share your knowledge and passion with your peers! Guess what, you can do that! Every spring quarter, the Education for Sustainable Living Program offers a wide variety of sustainability-themed courses. In past years, they've held classes on food system, fossil fuel divestment, indigeneity, personal sustainability, bee keeping, and activism. Here's the awesome part: all of these classes were CREATED and LEAD by students like you! Visit the website ( for the facilitator application. Applications due November 12!  
Students for Organic Solutions 
Check out the Student Environmental Center's newly updated Students for Organic Solutions website showing all the ways you can get involved in your local food systems, environment, and sustainability movements. This is inclusive of ALL of our wonderful campus resources from college garden work days to Arboretum workshops and faculty lectures. Take care of the land that takes care of you and have fun!

Maui Wowi: Food Systems, Agriculture, and Outdoor Adventure 
Though this is fall quarter, registration is open (and will fill) for the annual experiential learning and food system engagement spring break trip. Join the Food Systems Working Group & Rec Department on Maui to explore traditional food and farming sites, explore different aspects of culture, and adventure into bamboo forests, ranch lands, and marine sanctuaries to explore the ecological aspects of the island. This trip will also include a 2 unit ENVS internship in winter quarter to prepare the group for different concepts and frameworks of food system engagement they will explore in March.  Sign up on the OPERS Recreation website this quarter to reserve your spot! 
Climate Crisis Featuring Fossil Free UC - November 19 
Are you interested in discussing the Climate Crisis with your community members? The Student Environmental Center presents the General Gathering Series with Fossil Free UCSC on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the College 8 Red Room. Enjoy a free, delicious vegetarian meal while getting involved with Climate Change Movement! 

Provost Sustainability Internship
The Provost's Sustainability Internship (PSI) program is in full swing! Students and staff mentors are hard at work doing outreach and planning their projects. PSI is currently partnered with the Climate Action Team, Take Back the Tap, Common Ground Center, PICA, Purchasing, and the Site Stewardship Program. Please contact Lori at llnixon [at] ucsc [dot] edu if you have suggestions for additional departments to partner with PSI next year!

Free Climate Change and Sustainable Development Classes 
Not busy enough? Consider taking FREE classes on Climate Change and Sustainable Development online. Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), is a free online education platform created to advance the field of sustainable development in all regions of the world. Questions? Email edu [at] unsdsn [dot] org or visit their website.

Are you a student who is an advocate for climate change, divestment or sustainability? Then this is the program for you! The Expedition Education Institute in partnership with Marlboro College is offering one-semester off-campus programs for students passionate about the environment, the earth, and also to learn to become stronger leaders. The Spring 2015 Semester in Ecological Leadership will investigate Energy Issues and Climate Justice in the Southwest, traveling from Texas to Arizona. There may not be a set classroom location, but this doesn't mean that you won't learn a ton of interesting and crucial information! Please apply before the deadline of November 15th. For more information contact Larkspur Morton at larkspur [dot] morton [at] expeditioneducation [dot] org.

The Ray Collett Rare & Extraordinary Plants Lecture Series featuring Greg King on Sunday November 9th, 2014 at 4:00 PM. King's Lecture is about protecting the wild and scenic Smith River. It will be hosted at the Arboretum's Horticulture II Building. Please RSVP online.  Arboretum members $5, non-members $10 and UCSC students are free. Learn more by visiting their website.

On Saturday November 15th from 2-4:00 PM at the Arboretum, this workshop will teach volunteers to monitor and gather data on when native plants leaf out, flower, form fruit and other seasonal changes through hands-on training. No experience necessary! Please RSVP online! More information can be found at at their website.

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