Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017: Rooted in History: AAPI Resilience and Sustainability

Rooted in History: AAPI Resilience and Sustainability

Curious about how identity, environmentalism, and history intersect? In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the People of Color Sustainability Collective (POCSC) and the Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC) will hold a workshop exploring examples of Asian American contributions to environmental justice issues, traditional plant knowledge, and connections that strengthen solidarity between different communities.

>>Learn more about the event here

Sunday, April 30, 2017

May 2017: Internships, Employment & Volunteering


Sustainability Office: Deadlines vary
The Sustainability Office is currently accepting applications for the academic 2017-2018 year. Internship positions focus on various topics related to sustainability such as: education, buildings, energy, food, land and habitat, procurement, transportation, waste reduction, water, and drought information. While interns help promote sustainability campus-wide through various projects, events, outreach, etc., students will gain hands-on experience, develop and improve leadership skills, communication, facilitation, and so much more. For more details around the different internship positions and to learn more about the Sustainability Office, click here.

Provost Sustainability Internship Program: Deadline May 1st (Positions Open Until Filled)
Looking for a year-long, PAID campus internship and want to make a difference on campus? Check out the Provost's Sustainability Internship Program! There are 10 positions open for next year. You will receive 12 units of academic credit and $1,500 scholarship upon completion of the program! OPEN TO ALL MAJORS. To access the application, click here

SupplyShift Internship: Operations Team Lead Position: Deadline (see attached link) 
Supplyshift is currently accepting applications for the position of Operations Team Leader. Interns will participate in training and gain literacy in industry wide organizational software platforms (Asana, Jira, Dropbox, Slack), supply chain management and industry specific composition, client management, and internal operational processes. After an intern has received training they will be asked to contribute to internal operational tasks such as document prep, timeline planning, website quality assurance, website development, supplier support, and any other task deems suitable for a SupplyShift intern. To learn more about SupplyShift internship position click here. If interested in applying, email resume to Carl Broderick at


Solar Design Tool Job
Solar Design Tool is a company with a un-corporate culture that is currently seeking for a team member who will help run a website that helps people design solar PV systems. Ideally, SDT is looking for a graduating senior willing to work in a part-time internship that will acquire a better understanding of the company and is willing to offer a full-time job upon graduation. To learn more please click here.

UC Davis: Academic Coordinator III, ASI Student Farm Director: Deadline 11/14/17
The Student Farm (SF) is a learning community where students from many disciplines work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems on a 20+ acre farm. A key component of theAgricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), the SF has served UC Davis students and faculty and the public with educational, research, and outreach opportunities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems for 40 years. Click here to learn more about the job description.

Environmental Project Manager: Deadline 5/23/17 @5PM
Alameda County General Services Agency (GSA) provides a host of centralized services including building maintenance, procurement and contract administration, capital project management, real property and portfolio management, sustainability services, energy management, environmental and hazardous materials management, transportation services, and other countywide support services. To learn more about the job description, please click here.


Take Back the Tap
After six years of working with campus administrators in negotiations, Take Back the Tap has achieved a partial ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bottled water. Bottled water will now only be sold in the Bay Tree Book Store and Express Store. Volunteers interns are accepted anytime. Volunteer interns will also be considered for hiring for the 2017-2018 Campaign Coordinator position. Please visit TBTT's Facebook page here. To view the full press release on the ban here

EARN-A-BIKE Program, April & May, 2017 
Bike Santa Cruz County needs your old bikes for the Spring 2017 Earn-a-Bike programs in Watsonville and Live Oak. The Earn-a-Bike program provides youth with a bicycle, helmet, multi-tool, lights, and the skills they need to safely ride and maintain their bikes. Support our community’s youth by donating your bike! For more information about Bike Santa Cruz County’s Earn-a-Bike programs, click here.

Santa Cruz High School Community Garden Day, April 30, 10AM – 3PM 
Join Global Student Embassy student leaders in the Santa Cruz High Garden on April 30th 10:00-3:00. Access is on Laurel Street. They’ve been working incredibly hand to get their garden in shape and can use your help building their new cob benches. Come learn about cob/sustainable design with a specialist community partner and help plant our spring/summer garden! Contact for more information.

Ecology Action still needs volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering for any of our Bike Week events, please let us know. We’re known for the tastiest volunteer opportunities! Email Kira at to sign up. For schedule of Events go to Bike2Work Santa Cruz

Snap Shot Day Monitoring Event For Water Quality, May 6, 8:30 AM – 1 PM
Join the Coastal Watershed Council on May 6 for the 18th year of Snapshot Day, the the oldest and largest single-day water quality monitoring event in California! Become a citizen scientist, learn about water quality, explore local streams in Santa Cruz County and make a difference in your watershed! Learn more and sign up here.

Job/Internship: SolarDesignTool

What is Solar Design Tool? Why is this a good opportunity?

SolarDesignTool is a web app geared toward helping residential PV system designers

and installers create PV projects with accurate dimensions (integrated with Google’s Satellite database to trace roof faces), basic sales documents, and more advanced permitting & engineering documents.
The market for Solar is growing every year in the US and the world. Our app has the potential to reach millions of designers in the U.S and abroad. We currently have users in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, India, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Morocco and other countries!

Job description:

Ideal candidate criteria: Senior looking for a paid internship and employment opportunity starting ASAP, with increasing responsibility and hours leading into the summer of 2017.
  • ●  Able to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours/week until January 2017, after which point we would like you to commit more time, ultimately (by summer 2017) becoming a core team member
  • ●  Interest in Solar PV, sustainable development, green energy
  • ●  Good writing and editing skills
  • ●  Open to criticism
  • ●  Able to pick up technical knowledge
  • ●  Comfortable communicating via email, phone (calls via cell and internet connection), and in person
  • ●  Background in customer service is a plus
  • ●  Can commit to at least 1 year of employment (includes 2-month
    probationary/introductory period)
  • ●  A friendly, outgoing attitude and demeanor is a must
    Description of expectations and responsibilities:
    ●  Gaining familiarity with web application
    ●  Customer-facing support (interacting with users, communicating the features and limitations of the Tool in a helpful and friendly and patient manner)
    ●  Demoing SolarDesignTool app (reaching out to prospective users, performing live demonstrations of app’s capabilities)
If you’re interested, send a resume my way and we’ll be in contact shortly.
Shawn Kranitz 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Vox Limax: UCSC Talks About Home Gardening

April showers bring May flowers as well as July tomatoes, August snap peas, and September potatoes! As the days grow longer and warmer, Santa Cruz's green thumbs dive into black soil to sow sweet and savory summer crops! But others are not getting down-and-dirty with home gardening for a variety of reasons ranging from incompatible living situations, lack of knowledge about gardening, or tight budgets.

So this month we ask:

Why do you or why don’t you have a garden. If you do garden, what do you grow and what inspired you to get started? If you don’t, what factors prevent you from gardening?

"Ever since I was really young my grandparents have really loved gardening. Their entire backyard is full of all different types of plants. They grow apples, they raise succulents. If you walk through their garden, everywhere you go is like a forest because of how much foliage there is. They have bougainvilleas, they have peppers, they have mints and different herbs. It's really neat! They've devoted a lot of time to it!

My entire family also likes planting flowers and things like that, which I think is cool. If I do have my own place one day I think I'll definitely start planting my own stuff. Something I'm really fascinated by is vegetative propagation - being able to eat part of a plant, plant the rest and grow it again. That concept is really neat. 

My family have always been big proponents of having plants in the house, so I think growing a garden will come naturally if I ever have the capacity to make one.  Also, I think sustainability and sustenance are really important in gardening too because being able to grow fresh food is especially important in marginalized communities because they may not have access to fresh foods in general because they're so pricey in stores. So I think gardens (especially community gardens) are a really great way to allow for low-income and marginalized communities to come together and foster a space of sustenance, health, nutrition, and growth." - Katherine (Politics, Legal Studies)

"I don’t have a garden because I live in an apartment on the second floor. I guess we have a balcony [where we could put a garden box] but seeing as we struggle to take care of the house, I don’t think we could keep a garden alive." - Anonymous

"I don't garden because of a lack of space (I live on campus) and a lack of time. I also don't know much about gardening, but I guess that's easily remedied." - Kaio (Computer Science)

"One day, we found one of our snap peas rotting in the bag.  So we thought, 'Let's put it in one of these containers and it will grow!' And so we emptied out our soy sauce bottle and we put some water in there and we put the bean inside and 5 weeks later he's sprouting! His name is Ben. One day I found cilantro next to Ben. My housemate got it at the Earth Day festival. We also have a succulent... I don't know its name." - Sarina (Environmental Studies, Biology)

"I did have a little garden that I sprouted. I was going to transplant them into a larger pot.  Then one morning I was watering them - loving them and taking care of them. They were all in this little carton and they all dropped out of my hands! It was very hard to save them and now they're dead.

But I have a fern and its name is Iz. Iz is doing great." - Alina (Environmental Studies)

Friday, April 28, 2017

May 2017 Sustainability Profile: IDEASS

Impact Design Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS)

What current projects are you working on? 
Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) and Bay View Elementary Low Impact Development (LID)

How do you incorporate sustainable practices within your projects?

We incorporate a few different methods of sustainable practices into our project designs, for the current project at Bay View Elementary we are implementing Bioswales, Rain Gardens,  permeable paths and a playground surface, and a Rainwater Harvesting System. Not only will these methods supply sustainably sourced water and help prevent pollutant discharge to our oceans, they will be incorporated in a way that is aesthetically pleasing as well.

How do you collaborate with community organizations in order to reach your goal?

The DROPS grant is a joint collaboration between UCSC, the City of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works, and the City of Santa Cruz School District. There will be both a 5th grade curriculum developed to teach the LID concepts, and a public/outreach portion that will include seminars and a documentary.

How does water conservation support a sustainable community? 

Reducing the demand on potable water supplied by the City of Santa Cruz means less water pumped from the Graham Hill Treatment Plant, which means less energy used for transportation. This will be achieved by installing five separate rainwater storage tanks with a total capacity of 20,000 gallons. Reducing pollutants by filtering through vegetative Bioswales is a great way to enhance the aesthetics of a property while removing harmful pollutants such as hard metals and oil that would otherwise end up at our local beaches.

What are some green tips around sustainable water strategies that you can practice at home?  
  • Collect rainwater
  • Save shower water as it warms up and use for watering plants, flushing toilets, etc.
  • Be aware of water use: short showers, don’t let faucets run, fix leaks
  • Learn to read your water meter and calculate your daily/weekly/monthly usage
  • Try to keep all the rain falling on your property and keep from running onto the street by catching it (rain barrel), slowing it down and sinking it (bioswales and rain gardens)

Take Back the Tap Announces Partial Ban on Water Bottles

Take Back the Tap is excited to announce that after six years of working with campus administrators in negotiations, they have achieved a partial ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bottled water. Bottled water will now only be sold in the Bay Tree Book Store and Express Store. In time they hope to negotiate a full ban, and are offering 2-unit internships this quarter, so get on board by emailing chsmille[at]ucsc[dot]edu or mlkeller[at]ucsc[dot]edu, and view the full press release.

3rd Annual Campus Clean Up

Campus Cleanup Day is a large event created by the UCSC Zero Waste Team which has brought in over 300 volunteers who have collected over 540lbs of litter in the previous two years! The purpose of this campus wide cleanup event is to educate students about sustainability, waste, and litter. There will be free food and t-shirts so come early! Feel free to bring friends!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May 2017: Local Hazard Mitigation Public Survey

Attention City Residents! Please take the City of Santa Cruz’s survey to help plan for natural disasters so that we may better avoid their impacts to you and your community. Responses will guide the City in hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning efforts as we update disaster plans. All responses are anonymous.

Atención Ciudadanos! Por favor complete la encuesta de la Ciudad de Santa Cruz para ayudar a planificar desastres naturales para evitar impactos en usted y su comunidad. Las respuestas nos guiarán en nuestros esfuerzos de mitigación de riesgos y adaptación al clima mientras actualizamos nuestros planes de desastre. Todas las respuestas son anónimas. 

May 2017: Zero Waste Green Tip

This year's Earth Summit, hosted by the Student Environmental Center, was an extremely successful Zero Waste event. This is not uncommon as other Earth Summits in the past have been Zero Waste. However, as UCSC begins to work its way towards Zero Waste by 2020, more and more events are joining the movement.

A Zero Waste Event follows sustainable practices with the goal of generating the least amount of trash possible. Event coordinators should take measures to reduce plastics, paper and trash at the event by purchasing compostable rather than recyclable or landfill materials for the event, sending out flyers over email and social media instead of printing, and asking attendees to bring their own reusable bottles and utensils.

During the event, make sure to follow the three steps: Educate, Monitor, Reduce. Trash talkers are highly important components to a Zero Waste Event as they volunteer as monitors and educators to ensure that waste is disposed of properly, reducing the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill.

The Zero Waste Team in the Sustainability Office is happy to help with coordinating your next Zero Waste Event! For more information on Zero Waste events at UCSC, check out the Sustainability Office website section on hosting these events.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

May 2017: UCSC Bioneers Conference

The Common Ground Center at Kresge College is very excited to announce the 3rd annual UCSC Bioneers Conference, a social and environmental justice event that prompts cultural change. This year, the 3rd annual UCSC Bioneers Conference will be held on May 27-28 from 10am-5pm at UCSC's Stevenson Event Center, click here to register. Slated to speak so far are: Bill McKibben, Chairman Valentine Lopez, John Foran, Mira Michelle, Tj Demos, Rita Rivera, and Stevenson Garden. More speakers will be announced very soon so keep your eyes peeled! Bioneer attendees can expect two days of stimulating and thought-provoking talks, workshops, artistic performances, local artists, dancing, and delicious food.

This nationwide movement is a powerful knowledge hub for advocating the important topics of today's time, such as: Eco-nomics; Ecological Design; Ecological Literacy; Ecological Medicine; Every Women’s Leadership; Indigenous Knowledge; Justice: Racial, LGBT, Human Rights, Equity, and Rights of Nature; Media; Nature, Culture, Spirit; Resilient Communities; Restorative Food Systems; Restoring the Bio-Sphere; Youth Leadership, and more!

The UCSC Bioneers Conference is a zero-waste event aiming to significantly reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. We ask that attendees bring their own tupperware and utensils if they plan on eating at the conference. This event is free and open to any and all who wish to come. For disability-related accommodations or any questions, please email

Click here to register now!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

May 2017: Classes, Trainings, Community

ESLP Speaker Series: Monday nights 7-10pm @ Kresge Town Hall

Education for a Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) holds a weekly lecture series every spring quarter. Each Monday night at the Kresge Town Hall, ESLP invites knowledgeable and interesting experts to speak on topics such as sustainable living, food systems, energy, and social justice. Find out more on their website. The series is open to the public, so you are welcome to join them! For accommodations contact 831-459-1714.

Community Meetings on Mondays at 12 pm throughout Spring Quarter

Hosted by the Common Ground Center, these community meetings are a student run space for ideas, food, and discussion. These meetings happen on the 1st and 3rd Monday's from April 10th through June 5th at 12 pm at the Kresge Seminar Room 159. For more information and accommodations, please email the Common Ground Center.

Permaculture and Agroecology Films and Speakers on Tuesday Nights at the UCSC Village

Join the Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) on Tuesday nights from April 11th to June 6th in A3 classroom at the UCSC Village. Check the graphic below for themes, times and speakers. For more information, check out PICA's Facebook page.

The Human Race - Santa Cruz on May 13th

The Human Race is an opportunity for Santa Cruz County nonprofits, individuals and groups to fundraise for local programs. The Human Race has been helping nonprofits fundraise together for over 35 years. The 5 mile fun run and walk goes from 2300 Delaware Ave to Lighthouse Park and back. Event day includes complimentary breakfast and lunch, music, entertainment and prizes. They are looking for donations and volunteers. The event is on May 13th and there are two volunteer shifts, 8:30-10:30am or 10am-12pm. Find out more on their website.

Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop - June 28-30

Registration is now open for this three-day workshop, happening June 28-30 at University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, is for faculty, administrators and staff of all disciplines, as well as community organizers and city officials and planners, who wish to interconnect and integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their campus, curriculum and departments. The format will include opportunities for participants to bring forward topics from their own experiences to inform the discussion and gain insight from the perspectives of the presenters as well as fellow participants. Register online by June 2.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Online Workshop - May 22 to June 25 OR June 26 to July 30

This online event is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse issues of sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline. Sustainability issues across all disciplines and the intent of this course is to identify those areas of intersection. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real-world sustainability problems will be explored. Three graduate credits are available through Aurora University. Students must have earned a bachelor's degree in order to receive graduate credits. Sign up online now!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

May 2017: Contests and Funding

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition: Deadline July 31st
The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global program intended to support the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Young people from around the world are invited to submit innovative ideas and projects that contribute to one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Check out this link if you'd like to apply! Deadline to apply is July 31.

Spring 2017 Sustainability Project Grants: Deadline April 12th

The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) at UC Santa Cruz is soliciting proposals for Spring 2017 sustainable project grants. Through Ballot Measure 14 passed in 2006, the CSC receives $6 per undergraduate student per quarter to allocate to organizations for projects addressing themes outlined in the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus. Check out this link if you would like to apply.

Special Promotion for UCSC Students, Staff and Faculty interested in Purchasing or Leasing an Electric Vehicle
Interested in purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle? Nissan and Ford have special promotions available to all UCSC students, staff and faculty through the end of June. In addition, the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) and PG&E have special rebates you may be eligible for to further reduce your lease or purchase costs. Please go to the TAPS website for more information.

Email Survey to win Potential $50 Gift Card 
Please watch your emails for a link to complete the annual UCSC Transportation
Survey during the first week of May. Survey information is used to plan for a
more efficient circulation system on campus and to better understand our
commuting population’s patterns and needs. All participants are eligible to win one
of five $50 gift cards to the Bay Tree Bookstore.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Benjamin Von Wong Event: 4/19: FREE dinner and #MermaidsHatePlastic speaker!

The UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office is excited to share with you that we're bringing world-recognized photographer Benjamin Von Wong to campus next Wednesday, April 19th in conjunction with Earth Week.  

Von Wong is a photographer, creative director, social influencer and conservationist. As the creator of the viral #MermaidsHatePlastic campaign, he uses artistic innovation to bring attention and action to the real-world problem of oceanic plastic pollution. Von Wong's hyper-realistic style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts. His work has been featured in Gizmodo, Today, ABC, and The Huffington Post. He is currently focused on conservation-related projects. 

Von Wong's talk, Storytelling 2.0, will be hosted at the Oakes Learning Center next Wednesday evening (4/19) from 7-8pm.  This event is free and open to the public. RSVP through the Facebook event page:

For current UC Santa Cruz students, the talk is immediately preceded by an Arts & Action Banquet at the Rachel Carson/Oakes Dining Hall from 5-7pm, which will include a FREE Earth Week-inspired meal featuring local, sustainable, and organic foods. Students with meal plans will swipe in as usual; students with no meal plans need only to show their student ID to attend. Trivia, DIY activities, an Earth Week pledge, and prizes will also be featured!

We hope to see you and your fellow sustainabilibuddies next Wednesday evening for the Banquet and Von Wong's talk!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Carbon Fund Celebrates 16 New Projects

The UCSC Carbon Fund, which consists of undergraduate and graduate student fees, strives to build a sustainable future by working to mitigate climate change by funding projects that directly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, conduct relevant research, or carry out education and behavioral change programs at UCSC or in the Santa Cruz community. The Committee is made up of  8 students, staff, and faculty representatives from sustainable organizations around campus. Currently there are about 30 projects being funded through the Carbon Fund, and this year they allocated about $130,000 to 16 new projects. Read about the recently funded projects on the Carbon Fund website.

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One of the funded projects this year will enable the new Colleges 9&10 Garden to purchase and plant some fruit trees!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 2017 Sustainability Profile: Genoa Faber

Genoa Faber

Office Manager/Event Coordinator of the Sustainability Office

Educational background: 
Studied Environmental Studies at Cabrillo College. Received a B.F.A in Digital Media from San Jose State University

What did you do before coming to UCSC? 
Previously I was the Program Associate - Alumni and Grant Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. I worked closely with environmental artists to coordinate art exhibits around the country.

What does "sustainability" mean to you? 
What sustainability means to me is the ability to connect a community through the environment, social practices and economic equality for a continued balance of resources and reduction of waste. I believe that education is the key to successful sustainable communities.

How do you practice sustainability in your daily life? 
I practice sustainability in my everyday life by the moto “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” I reduce the about of waste I generate, reuse materials when I can and recycle. I continue to buy local food and support organizations that give back to the community and the environment.

What are you most looking forward to about working in the Sustainability Office? 
I look forward to working with the bright UCSC students that will be essential leaders in environmental development to create sustainable practices within our communities.

Each month, our newsletter features a person or group on campus that is working toward a more sustainable world. If you know of a person or group on campus that you think we should profile, or if you would like to be profiled, please send us an email.

Monday, March 27, 2017

April 2017: Internships, Employment, & Volunteering


Students for Organic Solutions Campaign Membership
The Student Environmental Center's Students for Organic Solutions (SOS) campaign is seeking members for Spring Quarter.  Current projects include addressing food insecurity, creating mindfullness in food waste, and increasing the amount of composting on campus.  Both two-unit and five-unit internships available.  For more information, and to apply, email Sofia Vermeulen at svermeul[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Self-directed Sustainable Transportation Internships
The Student Environmental Center Transportation Campaign is looking for enthusiastic volunteer to spearhead and work on their own projects relating to transportation sustainability!  Two-unit and five-unit internships avaliable.  For more information, and to apply, email Tanya van Renesse at tvanrene[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Provost's Sustainability Internship Program: Deadline April 28
The Provost's Sustainability Internship Program (PSI) is accepting applications for the next academic year.  PSI is a year-long combination course/internship that helps students develop leadership skills for an environmental career. Interns are paired with mentors who work with them on projects and research that help the campus reach its Campus Sustainability Plan goals. Students receive internship credit for the fall, winter, and spring quarters and a $1500 stipend upon completion of the program in spring quarter.  PSI student applications are available now.  For questions, contact the PSI program at psi[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Incoming Frosh Outreach Ambassadors: Deadline April 7 (40 positions)
UCSC's Call-a-thon Team is now recruiting for Outreach Ambassadors! This new initiative is designed to help new Fall applicants feel more connected to UCSC before coming to Orientation and beginning in Fall. The team looking to find 40 student interns who will make up the calling team. For full details, and to apply, visit Slug Quest (job # 49148).  Position is paid, 8-10 hours per week. All students are encouraged to apply.

American Indian Resource Center Intern: Deadline June 16
The American Indian Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the needs of American Indian students and increasing Native visibility on campus by advocating students centered programs, cultural events, and tools for academic success. AIRC student interns gain leadership, facilitation, event planning, research, and project management skills as well as the opportunity to learn more about American Indian culture, history, and current issues. 10 hour-per-week commitment. For more info, please contact AIRC Director Rebecca Rosser at rrosser[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

California Botanical Society Paul Silva Student Research Grants: Deadline April 24
The California Botanical Society's Paul Silva Student Research Grant is now available to qualified undergraduate and graduate students working on projects that will help achieve the California Botanical Society's goal of advancing Western American botany. Application requires a letter of support from a faculty advisor. For full details, and to apply, visit the California Botanical Society's website

RE-volv Solar Ambassador Program: Deadline April 28
RE-volv's Solar Ambassador Program is offering college students an opportunity to develop project management, outreach and communications skills while tangibly taking action on climate change through solar energy. Student teams will receive in-depth training in solar energy policy, financing, crowdfunding and community organizing while working in their community to deploy a solar energy project for a local nonprofit. Applications can be found at RE-volv's website. Applications close on April 28th. For questions, please contact info[at]re-volv[dot]org."

US Department of the Interior - Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance:
The Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance (OEPC), Region IX (San Francisco, CA office) is offering full-time and part-time internship opportunities for both Spring and Summer.  As an OEPC intern, you will gain benefits such as: an understanding of existing and evolving regulations and resources; coordinate with Department of the Interior bureaus and other federal, state, and tribal agencies; and reviewing proposed agency actions, and conduct general document research. You may have a hand in several of the OEPC's ongoing projects. Qualified applicants must have US citizenship and must be a current student. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Janet Whitlock at janet[underscore]whitlock[at]ios[dot]doi[dot]gov


Student Sustainability Advisers: Deadline April 28th 
The CHES-Student Sustainability Advisers are accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year with 7 positions available; Cowell/Stevenson SSA, Crown/Merrill SSA, College Nine/College Ten SSA, Porter/Kresge/Redwood Grove SSA, Oakes/Rachel Carson College SSA, Family Student Housing/Graduate Student Housing SSA, and Camper Park/The Village/University Town Center SSA. The positions are available on the UCSC Career Center ER system (ER# 7056) and all students are welcome to apply. The SSA's are seeking for staff that are passionate about promoting sustainability on campus to housing residents. If selected to be an SSA, applicants will be guaranteed on-campus housing in their assigned area, and a $1500 rent credit per quarter. The student application is located here. For any questions or concerns, please contact Catherine L. Green at calgreen[at]ucsc[dot]edu or 831-459-5714.

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Job Fair: April 18 1:30pm - 2:30pm (multiple offerings)
The UCSC Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Department and UCSC Career Center, will be hosting a job fair on April 18.  Fair is open to all students interested in finding an EEB-related career or internship.  The fair will be on Monday, April 18 from 1:30 - 2:30pm in the Cervantes & Velasquez Conference Room (above the Bookstore).  For disability-related accommodations, please call (83I) 459 -2I84.  For more information, email the EEB advisors at eebadvising[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center: Open Until Filled (multiple offerings)
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is seeking two Program Assistants.  Program assistants Assist in the daily operations at the Center, act as a point of contact for volunteers, and assist with administrative duties.  Position is part time, two 8-hour days per week from April - September.  Undergraduate Environmental Studies, Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, or similar majors desired. Qualified applicants should enjoy working with the public and have experience with Microsoft Excel.  Full details available on the Sanctuary's assistant flyer.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is also seeking a Maintenance Specialist to fill apart-time position (approximately 20 hours per week) on a contract with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.  Responsibilities include maintaining all aspects of the building’s operations (HVAC, boiler, hot water, fresh and saltwater systems, safety equipment, lighting, janitorial oversight, restrooms, etc).  Qualified applicants should have five or more years of professional experience with facility maintenance and day-to-day experience operating building systems (e.g. heating, plumbing, lighting, electrical, fire/life safety, and elevators).  Full details available on the Sanctuary's maintenance flyer.

Carbon Lighthouse (multiple positions)
Carbon Lighthouse, a green energy consulting group, is hiring for multiple positions at their New York City and San Francisco offices.  Openings include Project Manager, Engineer, Field Technician, and Sales Development Representative.  Internships are available as well.  Full details and application information available at Carbon Lighthouse's website.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: Deadline April 10 (2 positions)
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties) is looking to hire two seasonal rangers.  Rangers have a wide variety of responsibilities and opportunities to exercise independent judgment while working on District preserves. Rangers patrol on foot, in all-terrain vehicles, and in four wheel drive patrol trucks. Rangers ensure safe public use of preserves and provide visitors information while enforcing District land use regulations and applicable laws. Rangers also respond to emergency calls and perform maintenance and resource management work on District properties and facilities.  Qualified applicants should have completed police officer or ranger law-enforcement training.  Full details available on Midpeninsula's flyer.


Earth Day Santa Cruz 2017
Earth Day Santa Cruz 2017 is an annual community event that offers education, activities for kids , live music, and a focus on green businesses.  The event is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including manning the rock wall, providing event information, educating kids at the Eco-Station, and managing traffic flow.  For more information, and to sign up, visit the Earth Day web page.

Midpeninsula Open Space District Ranger Flyer

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

April 2017: Contests and Funding

UCSC Student Research Project
This is your chance to participate in a by-student for-student focus group that has been designed to collect your experiences with various resources on campus. The Culture and Achievement Collaborative wants to hear about the resources you have found useful, not useful, or even ones you may think need to be brought to campus. The findings from this project will be used to better inform future UCSC programs and services offered to students. Email Sylvane at ucsc.collab[at]gmail[dot]come to sign up.

Is your lab Green Labs certified? Is there a new energy efficient piece of equipment you have had your eye on? If you are a Green Labs certified lab, there is now a simple equipment funding application that you can submit to Green Labs to apply for new equipment. Find more information by clicking this link.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

April 2017: Spring Tips

In this modern age, many of us have become detached from our food systems and growing seasons. Spring has come around and the Sustainability Office would like to share some gardening tips and crops associated with this time of year.

The fruits and vegetables that are best to plant in April include: Beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, onion, peas, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes and herbs like sage, oregano, thyme, and sage. Learn more when to plant certain crops throughout the year at the Urban Farmer article, "What to Plant Now."

Some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season for April include: Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Chives, Dandelion greens, Fava Beans, Horseradish, Lettuce, Limes, Oranges, Papayas, Peas, Rhubarb, Shallots, Strawberries, Sweet Onions, Turnips, Watercress. Find out more about what is in season at the Spruce website.

Spring time is an especially productive time on the farm. The most hard work for the farmer or gardener goes into the spring to provide for summer and all crops. These crops were traditionally what got people through the winter. The Stevenson Garden is planting a variety of crops throughout the Spring (March, April & May). These crops include: peas, kale, carrots, holy hock, summer squash, varieties of tomatoes, corn, broccoli, and sunflowers.

If you want to find out more, CASFS has great information about sow dates and growing seasons for various crops. Check out this article on Growing Seasons in Santa Cruz.

April 2017: Classes, trainings, and community

Trajectories of Justice in America Class (Cowell 126) at UCSC for Spring 2017
Romero Institute is hosting a super cool class at UCSC called The Trajectories of Justice in America that will cover historical and contemporary events like the #NoDAPL movement and the root causes of climate change. The class will be taught by Daniel Sheehan. Even if you are not a student, cannot enroll, but are generally interested in the content, you are free to audit. Class will be held from 3:20 to 4:55 every Tuesday and Thursday. You can access more information on the class website. Email class[at]romeroinstitute[dot]org for any questions and permission codes.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Info Session on April 4th
If you are graduating this year or if you have recently graduated, you may be eligible to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Attend an information session about the program on April 4th at 3 pm in the Graduate Student Commons Fireside Lounge at Quarry Plaza (above Cafe Iveta) to find out if you are eligible or interested. Visit their website to find out more. If you know that you want to attend, RSVP for the session.

National Movie Screening and Discussion of "Priceless" on April 5th
On Wednesday, April 5th at 7 PM eastern, The Bard Center for Environmental Policy will host a national screening of “Priceless,” an episode from the National Geographic Series, Years of Living Dangerously. The one-hour show, focusing on both carbon pricing and the biodiversity loss threat from climate change, will be followed by a webcast panel discussion. Participating schools will be able to watch the episode at no charge, and the panel will welcome questions from a national viewing audience. A great event to kick off Earth Month! Students clubs and classes welcome to participate. Please RSVP to stay updated about this free screening and national discussion. 

Earth Week: Monday, April 17 - Saturday April 22

Earth Week is a campuswide, week-long series of events dedicated to increasing environmental awareness and engaging students in current sustainability issues. This year’s Earth Week aims to foster a positive relationship between our society and our planet with the theme of “Standing Together: Taking Action in our Community and Environment.” With this theme, the organizers want to focus on the importance of integrating social justice into sustainability and environmental issues. Ultimately, it is their goal to promote action and sustainability, through the mission statement that we are stronger when we stand together. Check out the Earth Week 2017 homepage to find out more. Rachel Carson College Highlights are listed below.

Eco Fest on Monday, April 17 from 11 am to 2 pm
Eco Fest is happening on April 17th at the Rachel Carson College Plaza. The goal of Eco Fest is to bring organizations together to showcase the amazing sustainability work being done in our community. The Earth Week team will provide sustainable snacks and DIY activities at Oak’s Field. Eco Fest will allow people to get outside and enjoy the campus’s natural environment, as well as meet others in the community who are also focused on changing the world through sustainable practices.

Campus Sustainability Plan Student Feedback Workshop April 18, 6-8pm
Undergraduate students: Join the Sustainability Office for this student-centered workshop, a hands-on opportunity to engage with other students on the campus sustainability issues that are most important to you and provide direct feedback on the proposed goals and strategies for the next 5-year Campus Sustainability Plan. The workshop will take place at the Porter Hitchcock Lounge. Vegan and vegetarian pizza will be served! Learn more about the Campus Sustainability Plan here on the website. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Sustainable Cinema on Tuesday, April 18 from 7-10 pm
Sustainable Cinema takes place on April 18th at the Rachel Carson College Red Room and will feature a movie that will bring attention to the theme of community and environment. This movie feature will lead to an open discussion about how to engage with each other and within the environment, bringing up topics such as social justice and inequity in sustainability issues.

Art & Action Banquet on Wednesday, April 19 from 11 am to 1 pm
The Art & Action Banquet will take place on April 19 at the Rachel Carson and Oakes Colleges Dining Hall. The Art & Action Banquet will be the largest event consisting of a lecture and organic food in the Oakes & Rachel Carson Dining Hall. The night will be centered around a lecture by artist Benjamin Von Wong who makes incredible art pieces with trash and recycling (partnering with the Sustainability Office). Additionally we will be working with dining staff to create a menu featuring sustainable, local, and organic foods.

Pre-Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22 from 11 am to 1 pm
On Saturday, the City of Santa Cruz is hosting a festival in San Lorenzo Park and on-campus organizers want to encourage students to get involved in the local community and attend the off-campus festival. They will be rallying people at Rachel Carson College with giveaways and music before encouraging students to go together to the festival by bus and bicycle.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Vox Limax: UCSC Talks About the Weather

This winter has highlighted the consequences of extreme weather events. Through January and February we saw rain-induced landslides cover Highway 17 multiple times and the near-collapse of the Oroville dam. Climate scientists predict that California will see more extremely hot days and an overall temperature increase of 1-2ºC (2-4ºF) over the next 50 years. Northern California is predicted to see more precipitation, but as rain instead of snow (Pan et al., 2010 – DOI 10.1007/s00382-010-0961-5). In all, California is becoming increasingly vulnerable to deadly heatwaves, flooding, and water scarcity.

So this week we ask for your stories:

 How has an extreme weather event, or the consequences of one, impacted your life?

"I got stuck on Highway 17 for seven hours and had to camp out in a turnout." – Amelia (Environmental Studies)
"I live on a houseboat out near Tiburon and it got detached from the dock and we floated out into the bay.  The houseboat is attached to mooring piles.  The piling popped out because the wind and current were so strong.  Because that wasn't holding us, all of our sewage, water, and electricity lines shredded.  Crashed into some other houseboats.  The fire department came out and tried to wrap us around a tree.  I haven't been able to access my house for a week." – Fran (university contractor)
"My grandma has a house in Cagel Canyon. I was staying there and had to evacuate because there was a fire (LA is always on fire). The fire was over the ridge and it was raining ash. My car was covered in ash (it was pretty legit).  I had to pack up all my shit because my grandma was concerned that the house might burn down." – Sarah (Theater Arts)

"I have a house in Bolder Creek. We got a call two weeks ago from our neighbor who was like 'You're deck is falling into Bear Creek.' My dad came down from San Francisco with a circular saw to cut off the deck. It was gone by the time he got there, so we just left and went back home. We hired contractors to come out and discovered that the entire foundation of the house was gone. So now we're paying $50,000 to have the house anchored to the mountain."
 – Sophie (Environmental Studies)

"I ended up getting an internship with CalPIRG so I had to run the pledge drive during the storm... which was fun." – Anonymous

"In the past couple of weeks, the intense rainfall and subsequent landslides on Highway 17 have impacted my ability to get work on time by bus from San Jose to UCSC. I've fortunately been able to work from home on days when the commute was dangerous or significantly longer due to closed lanes and hazardous conditions. I have also seen the community of Highway 17 commuters come together in the face of these challenges by developing an active and supportive Facebook group where people post updates, questions, and information. Many people are turning to carpooling to try and reduce traffic, which from a sustainability and community building perspective is a huge silver lining. It's been interesting to have first-hand experience of how severe weather--made worse by the years-long drought we've had--bring strangers together to form a community. I believe this is one local example of the kind of severe weather we'll be facing in the years to come due to climate change, and I now have a stronger sense of hope that people will be able to come together to support one another when we face these challenges."   – Melissa (Sustainability Office)

UC Santa Cruz Hosts National Climate Change Policy Conference

Last weekend, the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and the Division of Social Sciences co-hosted "Changing Climate: Acting Now to Secure a Sustainable Future.  This annual conference drew experts from across the country, including Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who gave the keynote at the conference's Friday night kick-off.

Daniel Shugar, CEO of NEXTracker, speaks on the "Engineering Change" panel.

The Saturday session consisted of three panels of presenters: "Engineering Change," "Motivating Change," and "Communicating Change." Each panel was followed by questions from attendees.  Topics discussed includes the role of technology in green engineering, the future of U.S. environmental laws, and an economic forecast for the green energy sector. "Clean coal is an oxymoron. It's over." Said Daniel Shugar, CEO of NEXTracker, a solar panel installer, as he concluded a colorful analogy comparing the coal industry of today to the typewriter industry of yesteryear.

The event concluded with "Climate Change Science and Policy in a President Trump Administration," a discussion moderated by Fred Keely, former state assemblymember and Santa Cruz County treasurer.  The conference was sponsored by the Physical and Biological Sciences and Social Sciences divisions of UC Santa Cruz.  Learn more at the conference's web page.

Sustainability Office to Host Campus Sustainability Plan Student Feedback Workshop

The UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office has been hard at work producing the 2017-2022 Campus Sustainability Plan. The plan will detail how UCSC will meet its sustainability goals over the next 5 years. Topics covered in the plan include Natural Environment and Infrastructure, Materials management & Food Systems, Climate & Energy, and Leaning & Culture.  This new CSP will build on the successes of previous Campus Sustainability Plans, which have led UCSC to source 84% of its sanitary supplies from sustainable sources and to compost 100% of dining hall food waste.

Shauna Casey, Sustainability Programs Manager, notes the main themes that came out of a brainstorm about Learning & Culture.

To obtain student input, the Sustainability Office has held a series of feedback workshops. These student-centered workshops provide a hands-on opportunity to engage with other students on the campus sustainability issues that are most important to them, and provide direct feedback on the proposed goals and strategies for the next 5-year Campus Sustainability Plan. At these pizza-catered events, students have raised questions and concerns about the impact of P3 and Kresge development, as well as the role of cap & trade in the UC system. Some students voiced concerns about the energy required to move water, erosion in upper campus, and the Long Range Development Plan. "I really like that they're including culture and education now. It's good to see that there's a concern for the human lives affected by environmental issues." Said Jacquelyne Vera, a student who attended a workshop in the fall. The next CSP Student Feedback Workshop will be happening in April. More information coming soon.