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.

Rachel Carson College Earth Week Team Gears Up for Earth Day 2017

Each year, Rachel Carson College hosts "Earth Week," a campuswide series of events coordinated by the Rachel Carson College Earth Week Team. This year, the events will take place April 17-22 and will be centered around the topic of “Standing Together: Taking Action in our Community and Environment.” With this theme, the Rachel Carson College Earth Week Team wants 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. 

For more information about upcoming Earth Week programs and events, visit the Earth Week 2017 homepage

If you're interested in participating, please fill out the event and volunteer form

For any additional questions please contact the Earth Week team at: rccearthweek-group[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

For exciting environmental news and updates about Earth Week please follow them on Facebook: UCSC Earth Week Page

March 2017: Internships, Employment, and Volunteering


CHES Student Sustainability Advisers 2017 - 2018: Deadline March 3
Colleges, Housing and Educational Services is looking to hire next years' Student Sustainability Advisers! SSA’s collaborate with local staff and supporters around UCSC to affect positive change in residents and local staff behavior. Previous SSA projects have included event planning with programs offices and housing staff, flyers, displays, water saving competition and sustainability survey. 12-hour-per-week commitment. SSA's receive a $1500 rent credit per quarter. SSAs must live in the community they represent. Positions are available in 7 communities. Apply through the campus ERS, ER #7056. For questions, contact Catherine L. Green at calgreen[at]ucsc[dot]edu (83I) 459 - 57I4.

Provost's Sustainability Internship Program: Deadline March 27
The Provost's Sustainability Internship Program (PSI) is looking for students and mentors for the next academic year.  PSI a year-long combination course/internship that helps students develop leadership skills for an environmental career. Students are paired with mentors (who must be campus faculty or staff) 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 (deadline: April 28) and PSI mentor applications (deadline: March 27) are available now.  For questions, contact the PSI program at psi[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

The UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship: Deadline March 15
The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is offering ten $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships. The fellowship presents an opportunity for audio and print journalists to report ambitious stories under the umbrella of food systms, policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, farming, agriculture and the environment, supply chains, and public health as it relates to food and farming. Applicants must be available for a workshop May 29-June 2, 2017 at UC Berkeley. Full details available at Berkeley's website. Application requires a CV, two letters of recommendation, a portfolio of published clips, and a one-page story pitch.

CoFed Racial Justice Scholarship: Deadline March 15 
The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive is offering a racial justice fellowship.  This fellowship provides young people (age 18-30) a $5,000 summer stipend to start or continue their work in advancing racial justice and community ownership in the food system.  Racial justice fellows also receive a full-ride scholarship to CoFed's Summer Co-op Academy.  Application is a 1-2 page word document.  Visit CoFed's website for full details

Northern California Botanists Botany Research Scholarship Program: Deadline March 31
Northern California Botanists are accepting applications for their Botany Research Scholarship Program for the 2017-2018 academic year. Northern California Botanists provides competitive botany and plant ecology research scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending a college and university. While applicants from around the world are welcome, project proposals should concern Northern California, which NCB roughly defines as anywhere north of the 35th Parallel. Applicants must submit a completed application form, cover letter, and 2-3 page research proposal to ncbotanists[at]gmail[dot]com by March 31st. Full detail available at NCB's website.

20 African-American, Minority and Diversity Summer Internship Programs: Multiple Positions and Deadlines
Our Black Voices has released their list of the top 2017 summer internship programs for African Americans. Listed internships are in a variety of fields and locations. Some positions/sites that may be of interest to our readers include the National Association of Black Journalists and the Congressional Black Caucus.
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.


CHES Student Sustainability Adviser Administrative Lead: Deadline March 3
Colleges, Housing and Educational Services is looking to hire an Administrative Lead for their Student Sustainability Adviser program. This position will assist in the coordination of the SSA’s regarding administrative tasks; assist with training and professional development with staff; maintain agenda and meeting minutes. Qualified applicants should have previous on-campus living experience and previous work experience with sustainability issues and/or programming. Apply through the campus ERS.  ER#7534. For questions, contact Catherine L. Green at calgreen[at]ucsc[dot]edu (83I) 459-57I4.

UCSC Men of Color Initiative: Deadline March 3
The Men of Color (MOC) Peer Mentor position is offering four male-identified students the opportunity to develop themselves professionally, organize programs on behalf of the Men of Color (MOC) Mentorship Program and, most importantly, to be a mentor for the Men of Color (MOC) 2017-2018 cohort throughout the academic year. Apply through the UCSC ERS (ER code #8066).  Please include a cover letter and resume. For questions, please contact Malik Douglas at mdougla1mdougala1[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Valet Corral Supervisor: Open Until Filled
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) is looking to hire a Bicycle Valet Corral Supervisor to manage bicycle parking for contracted events. The Corral Supervisor has full responsibility for security of bicycles, supervision of bicycle parking volunteers, and solving problems as they arise. Qualified applicants should be able to lift 50 pounds, and have access to a car and a cellphone. Full details available on the coalition's website. To apply, send a compelling cover letter and resume (PDF format) to jobs[at]bikesiliconvalley[dot]org. Please include “Bicycle Valet Corral Supervisor Candidate, [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line.

Portland Community College Sustainability Analyst: Open Until Filled
Portland Community College is seeking an enthusiastic, analytically-minded individual to join the their sustainability team. Responsibilities include performing statistical analysis of PCC's greenhouse gas emissions, writing environmental impact reports, and supporting outreach efforts. Qualified applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in environmental studies/science, engineering, or mathematics and experience in research and statistical analysis. Full details available through PCC's job-posting site.

University of Pennsylvania Sustainability Coordinator: Open Until Filled
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is looking to hire a sustainability coordinator.  Responsibilities include managing programs and outreach initiatives, working with faculty and student staff, and running the annual ReThink your Footprint waste minimization and awareness campaign. Qualified applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies / Science, Management, Earth Science or Planning and at least 2 years of experience. Full details and application are available on Penn's job-posting site.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Director of Sustainability: Open Until Filled
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, New York) is looking to hire a visionary leader and organizational strategist for their sustainability activities. Responsibilities include leading the Climate Task Force, completing an updated greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and managing the Sustainability Office. Qualified Applicants should have a Master's degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Full details avaliable at HWS' job-posting site.


UCSC Farm Volunteer Docent Training: Thursdays, March 9 - April 27
The UCSC Farm is seeking new docents.  Docents, who lead tours of the UCSC farm, must complete a seven-session series of seminars scheduled for Thursdays from March 9-April 27.  During the training sessions, participants will learn about organic farming and gardening practices, the history of agriculture at UCSC, and the research and education work of UCSC’s Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), which manages the Farm & Garden programs and facilities. There is no pre-requisite to become a docent. Cost is $25. For more details and to arrange for parking, please contact Melissa Betrone at (83I) 459–377O, or mbetrone[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Quail Hollow Ranch Habitat Restoration: March 4, 10am - 1pm
Join the California Native Plant Society in restoring Quail Hollow Ranch County Park near Felton!  No prior work experience nor RSVP necessary. CNPS welcomes individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! Event will occur rain or shine. Tools are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves. For questions, contact Linda Brodman at redwdrn[at]pacbell[dot]net, (83I) 462 - 4O4I.

Salinas River State Park Beach Clean-up: March 11, 10am-Noon
Join the volunteers of Environteers and Save Our Shores for their monthly public beach cleanup at Salinas River State Beach. The check-in location will be in the main parking area just south of the Moss Landing Harbor off Sandholt Rd. Individual and small group volunteers are welcome. Save Our Shores will provide all necessary supplies, although they encourage volunteers to bring their own reusable buckets, gloves, and water bottles. Clean-up will happen rain or shine! Please direct questions to cleanup[at]saveourshores[dot]orgVisit the Environteers webpage for more information and volunteer opportunities!

March 2017: Contests & Funding

Earth Optimism Student Video Competition: Deadline March 3
The Smithsonian Institution invites undergraduate and graduate students to share a success story that involves them personally or highlights a story that needs to be told through a compelling two-minute video. The theme of the competition is Conservation Success. The student with the best video, as selected by a panel of judges, will receive $1,000. Up to three winners will receive funding to attend the three-day Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C., April 21-23. To find more information about this opportunity, please visit their website.

Call for Artists by Fossil Free UC Santa Cruz 
Fossil Free UC Santa Cruz, the student run campaign for the UC's fossil fuel divestment, is hosting an Art and Music Show on March 11 and we are looking for submissions. We would love to display your visual art, poetry, music, stories, or anything else creative that relates to environmental and social justice, climate hope, healing and solidarity. The location for the event is to be announced.
To submit art or to ask any questions, please email us at
Also, all are welcome at our Friday meetings at 5:15 in McHenry room 2359

Green Gigawatt Partnership : Deadline March 17 
The Green Gigawatt Partnership is offering cost-free support for up to five campuses to develop and implement on-campus (or near campus) solar projects. Support will include site screening, stakeholder education, RFP development and support, and contract negotiation. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please visit their website.

Local Food Promotion Program: Deadline March 27
LFPP offers grant funds with a 25% match to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to Local and Regional Food Businesses. Eligible applicants may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products. Find more information by visiting the website.

Farmers Market Promotion Program: Deadline March 27
The goals of FMPP grants are to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations. Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, and more. Find more information by visiting the website.

The Witnessing Change Video Competition: Deadline May 1
The Witnessing Change Video Competition invites student documentarians to record the impacts of climate change happening in their own communities and to use their work to inform the public. The videos should highlight the emotional and financial costs of climate change. Due to additional grant support, the fee for the 2016/2017 competition has been waived for all applicants. To find more information about this opportunity, please visit their website.

AASHE Sustainability Awards Submissions: Due May 12 
The annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Awards recognize sustainability achievements, research advancements and student leadership. By raising the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects and pioneering research, the awards program helps to disseminate innovations and inspire continued progress toward sustainability. Submissions are due by May 12 to be considered for one of 10 awards, to be given at the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo.

2017 International Essay Contest for Young People: Deadline June 15
Students are invited to submit a 700-word essay based on the theme Learning from Nature. The essay should focus on what we learn from nature and how we can make use of that learning for the future. Organized by the Goi Peace Foundation, the deadline to enter the contest is June 15.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

March 2017: Classes, Trainings, and Community

Transcommunality & Coalition Building Talk: Thursday, March 2 from 12-2 pm
UCSC Kresge College's Common Ground Center is hosting an event with John Brown Childs on the topic of peacemaking and transcommunality. His talk will discuss the relevance of the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace for building a thriving, just and sustainable future. This law of peace was the constitution and guiding way of the Iroqouis Nation that outlined ways to maintain peace and unity. Check out their Facebook page. This talk is happening on Thursday March 2, from 12-2 pm at the Kresge Seminar Room 159.
Unity in Resistance: Understanding Standing Rock: Friday, March 3 from 4-6:30 pm
People of Color Sustainability Collective, American Indian Resource Center, and Colleges Nine & Ten Co-Curricular Office present Unity in Resistance to learn about the efforts of the Standing Rock Water Protectors to block the Dakota Access Pipeline in the face of the new presidential executive orders. Nick Estes, doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico, is the keynote speaker to discuss #NoDAPL in its historical context. Following the keynote and a presentation by Lakota People's Law Project, there will be an opportunity to share a meal in community, learn more about local efforts, and engage in dialogue. This event takes place on March 3, 2017 from 4-6:30 pm at the Colleges 9&10 Multipurpose Room. Learn more.

Hummingbird Day at the Arboretum: March 4 from 10-4
Hummingbird Day is the central coast’s premier family-oriented educational event celebrating one of nature’s vibrant aerial acrobats, the Hummingbird. During the event, nature lovers of all ages will see and learn about these amazing birds and the gardens that host and support them. Guests will have plenty of opportunities to watch and hear hummingbird courtship shenanigans as well as participate in a variety of activities focused on these amazing creatures. $10 Public, $5 Members, Free to UCSC Students and Children under 12. Find out more about planned activities on the Arboretum website.

Fossil Free UC Santa Cruz Art and Music Show on March 11 seeking submissions
The student run campaign for the UC's fossil fuel divestment is hosting an Art and Music Show on March 11 and they are looking for submissions. They would love to display your visual art, poetry, music, stories, or anything else creative that relates to environmental and social justice, climate hope, healing and solidarity. The location for the event is to be announced. To submit art or to ask any questions, please email fossilfreeucsc[at]gmail[dot]com.  All are welcome to attend their Friday meetings at 5:15 in McHenry room 2359.

Critical Studies on Food Systems and Sustainability Program in Italy, Vietnam and Japan: Applications due March 15
Gustolab International, in collaboration with University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Illinois, has designed and created a critical studies on food systems and sustainability program for Summer 2017. Students can earn credits through a variety of courses. The original program takes students on a 5-week full immersion program in Rome and has been expanded to include courses in Japan and Vietnam. The application deadline has been extended to March 15, 2017. Find out more at the Gustolab International website or contact them at info[at]gustolab[dot]com.

Call for Submissions: In Celebration of Black Life at UCSC, submissions due Friday, March 24
Alumni Event The Black Experience Team will be hosting the first annual In Celebration of Black Life event over Alumni Weekend. They are seeking to collect memories from present and past Black students, faculty, and staff in order to create a 'memory space'. The goal of the 'memory space' is to remember the various ways UCSC's Black community has and continues to affirm its place and presence on our campus. Check out their event on Facebook. Submissions are due on March 24.

Re-Volv Solar Ambassador Fellowship Application due April 7th
The Solar Ambassador Program is a fellowship for one academic year that gives college students the opportunity to spearhead a solar project in their community using RE-volv's innovative solar financing model. They are looking for creative, passionate, and resourceful college students who are eager to spread solar across the country. Round 2 deadline is on April 7, 2017. Find out more at their website.

Earth Week 2017, Standing Together: Taking Action in our Community and Environment from April 17-22
Earth Week is a campuswide event, coordinated by the Rachel Carson College Earth Week Team. Earth Week 2017 from April 17-22, focuses on the importance of integrating social justice into sustainability and environmental issues. Ultimately, their goal is to promote action and sustainability, through the mission statement that we are stronger when we stand together. For more information about upcoming Earth Week programs and events: Earth Week 2017 homepage. If interested in participating, please fill out the event and volunteer form. For any additional questions please contact the Earth Week team at: For exciting environmental news and updates about Earth Week please follow them on Facebook.

Enough: 10th Annual Queer and Asian Conference: April 28-30

This year's theme for QACON17 is Enough. Because "Enough is enough." Enough of the rampant racism, sexism, xenophobia, queerphobia, ableism, and classism that has led to the resurgence of white supremacy and cisheteropatriarchy and their continued roles in this country's most powerful political institutions. This a free event happening on UC Berkeley campus from April 28-30th. Find out about registration and housing or general information on their website. For more information, contact qaconference[at]gmail[dot]com.