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: tinyurl.com/vonwong.

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!