Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Arboretum & Botanic Garden Board Recruitment

The Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden is seeking prospective board members with an active interest in immersing in the gardens and engaging with its constituents to explore the motivations and interests of visitors, members, volunteers, and contributors.  The board will play a critical role in program development. Related activities and engagements include docent work, event planning, membership development, fund and friend raising.

Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2018. Additional information available at

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

June 2018: Tips for a smooth move out

·       Stop purchasing items that you use infrequently. Common items in the trash during move out include partially used condiments, cereal, pasta and other packaged food.
·       Pack up and move early. Pack items that you don’t use every day and move them early (like Mother’s Day or Memorial Day Weekend). Moving items early means the rest of your stuff has a better chance of fitting into your car in June.
·       Participate in Slug Garage Sale weekend June 2nd and 3rd, 2018. Hold a garage or yard sale with the rest of the off campus slugs! Sign up for and promote your sale online at:

·       Swap items with your friends. Hold a swap party with friends and trade or give away the clothing, books or household items that you no longer need or want.
·       Swap items online. Visit web sites like Craigslist and Freecycle to swap or sell items locally.
·       Donate what you can. Local non-profit organizations re distribute used items and non-perishable food to the community.
·       Take the rest home. It is illegal to leave Items on the street and can create an environmental hazard. Please take your belongings with you when you move.

·       Recycle early. Recycle carts overflow during move out, so clear out extra papers and accumulated bottles and cans early or visit a local recycling drop off center for additional recycling. For a current list of acceptable items visit
·       Recycle special and household hazardous waste responsibly. To recycle household chemicals likebathroom cleaners, nail polish, aerosol cans (not empty), bleach, disinfectants and a whole list of other items go to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Dimeo Lane. Open Saturdays 7:30AM-3:30PM. For more information call 831-454-2606

·       Unusable or broken household items go in the trash. If you have broken household items, perishable foods, bathroom items that are not fit to donate or are non-recyclable and will not fit in the trash can, take them to the Resource Recovery Facility at 605 Dimeo Lane. (3 miles north of town) or call Customer Service for an extra trash pickup for a fee- 420-5520
·       Unusable large bulky items collection. Sign up will open on 5/22/18 for the bulky item collection day-Saturday 6/23/18.Bulky item (Sofa, dressers, mattresses, etc) pick up is available to USCS students for a small fee.

Monday, May 21, 2018

June 2018: Green Tips

Go for an energy upgrade

For most of us, going off the grid may not be in the budget (unless you got a huge tax refund that is). But if you’re looking for mucho savings on your electric bill, here are three super-easy changes you can make.
Install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts your home’s temp. Replace incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. Americans spend 20 percent of their electricity budget on lighting alone. Energy-efficient lighting can save the average household more than 1,000-kilowatt hours of electricity, 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide and (get ready for this one) up to $110 per year in electricity costs.
It sounds simple enough, but when you consider the huge difference it makes, you’ll wonder why you still have naked windows. While the sunlight is refreshing in the summer, using light colored blinds and drapes – which reflect light instead of absorbing it – can save you up to $210 per year on heating and cooling costs.

If the initial cost of a programmable thermostat (about $115) deters you, keep in mind that it can reduce your energy usage by more than 15 percent in the summer and up to 25 percent in the winter.
For those of you that need hard numbers, that’s up to $250 in heating and cooling costs every year you use it and $2,500 over the course of 10 years.
Shade your windows.

Wash your dirty car

While you may think you’re doing your car (and your wallet) a favor by hand-washing it at home, it’s actually the opposite.
According to the International Car Wash Association, automatic car washes use less than half the water used when washing your car at home. The average home wash uses 80-140 gallons of water while the commercial average is 45 gallons.
Commercial car washes often reuse water and send the runoff to treatment centers instead of nearby lakes and streams. They also use high-pressure nozzles that require less water usage.
But if you’re dead-set on washing your car at home with the kids, here’s how to keep the impact to a minimum:
  • Park on gravel or grass so soapy water soaks into the ground, becomes filtered and recharges groundwater.
  • Avoid soaps with labels that say “harmful, danger or poison.”
  • Turn off the hose when you’re not using the water. During a 15-minute car wash, you could use 150 gallons of water if there isn’t an automatic shut-off nozzle.


Make your own cleaning productsFive basic ingredients serve as the buildings blocks for many safe, home cleaning needs: baking soda, borax, soap, washing soda, and white vinegar or lemon juice. Check out some of these resources to make your own cleaning products for laundry, dishes, glass cleaning and more:
Dispose of cleaning products at a hazardous waste collection center. It is illegal to dump toxic chemical down the sink or in the storm drain. 
Learn more about the harms of chemical cleaning agents and how to dispose of them.


Don’t buy new textbooks. Either buy used books (excellent website: also supports charity), or reuse other people’s textbooks and let them use yours for free! This service is available on sites like,, or You could also rent books through some of your favorite book purchasing sites (like Chegg or Amazon). Not only can you stay green by doing this, but you can also save a lot of money.
Go green with school supplies. Buy recycled products. Always purchase 100% recycled content paper; the higher the % of post-consumer content the better.
Shop second-hand stores. A place like Los Angeles is home to tons of excellent thrift, consignment, and vintage stores that can offer anyone great options for second-hand clothing and accessories. Buying pre-loved items decrease your environmental footprint in a BIG way because it saves huge amounts of resources used in producing new items, and it saves you a lot of money!

June 2018: Internships, Employment and Volunteering

Nonprofit Internship
The City Forest environmental interns will gain experience in the nonprofit sector. Interns will gain valuable training in urban forestry skills and community outreach. University credits may be available, check with the university for more details and requirements. Responsibilities and tasks will vary depending on the applicant’s interests, availability, experience, and the program’s needs. To find more information, please click here. Contact:

Social Media Internship
This internship is for Regeneration: Pajaro Valley Climate Action. Role of Intern: Increase social media presence and media coverage; grow the list of e-news subscribers and followers. Depending on the candidate, may assist with website development. To find more information, please click here. Contact:

Sustainable Community Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship is a 3-month full immersion experience in a land-based intentional community working side-by-side with Stewards of the Windward community gaining practical, hands-on skills with the tools needed to build a life in concert with the natural world. Apprenticeships are tailored to fit the desires and needs of Apprentices, Windward Stewards, and, if appropriate, academic advisors.
Sustainable systems are multi-faceted & diverse so Apprentices should be prepared to learn and participate in wide-ranging projects and tasks while also choosing an area of focus for an in-depth learning experience. Areas of focus are co-created during the application process. To find more information, please click here. Contact:

Warming Center Program is a coldest/wettest nights’ homeless emergency shelter. We only open when weather forecasts drop below an activation threshold. We’re seeking someone who will work with the director during the cold-weather shelter season.  The intern will help with temperature-forecast program activation and volunteer coordination as well as other supportive administrative duties. To find more information, please click here. Contact:

The Food and Beverage Coordinator intern will report directly to the Operations Manager. This person, along with other Veggielution staff, members of the Board of Directors, and event advisors serve as a key member of the fEAST San Jose Planning Committee. Veggielution’s fEAST San Jose is an annual fundraising dinner, which will be held this year on Sunday, June 10th. The purpose of the dinner is to celebrate another year of success, raise funds for Community Engagement, Environmental Education, and Volunteer Training programs and, thank our many donors who have supported us over the past year. To find more information, please click here. Contact:

Educational Marketing Internship for Sunbank Solar Water Heaters
Sunbank Solar is a manufacturer of solar water heaters and, while small, is at the forefront of developing new products in the solar thermal space – including a solar hot tub and a new solar thermal controller. Sunbank is focused on changing the paradigm of an oft-overlooked consumer of energy: water heating. People replace their water heaters when there is an emergency leak. Our job is to change this to educate the consumer about this technology and therefore get more solar water heaters installed around the country. Our UCSC intern will work directly with the CEO and help with our educational marketing campaigns. These campaigns will use a multimedia strategy to overcome the challenges that face the adoption of solar thermal technology. We are looking for someone who can assist with campaigns in progress and who can think creatively to help us start new initiatives. To find more information, please click here. Contact:

Kresge Common Ground Center Jobs (5 paid student staff positions) - Apply by June 10th, 2018
ER #8911 - Kresge Common Ground Student Coordinator (2 positions) 
ER #7525 - Kresge Common Ground Student Treasurer 
ER #8475 - Kresge Common Ground Student World Cafe Coordinator
ER #8476 - Kresge Common Ground Student Right Livelihood Coordinator
Click here to apply and use the ER codes to find more information! Contact:

Commencement Sustainability Assistant (HIRING ASAP for Graduation Weekend!)
Need a little extra money before summer?  Want to watch your friend's graduate? Want a housing extension through Commencement? The Sustainability Office is HIRING ASAP for Commencement Sustainability Assistants, ER #8528. This role is for graduation weekend only - Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17. Pay is $12/hour.  Mandatory one-hour paid training with food the week of June 11th. To apply, click here.

Student Sustainability Advisor (HIRING ASAP for Academic Year 2018-19)
SSAs offer sustainability-focused educational opportunities for their residential communities and work to forward UC Santa Cruz's sustainability goals through cross-campus collaboration. SSAs work 10-12 hours of work per week.  On-campus residency for 2018-19 IS REQUIRED & the position is compensated through a $1,500 quarterly rent credit. To apply, submit an application for ER #7056 and e-mail your resume and cover letter to Kristen Lee, at

Sunday, May 20, 2018

June 2018: Classes, Trainings, and Community

Farm & Garden Market Cart
Visit the Market Cart located at the corner of Bay and High Street, for wonderful, fresh organic produce and beautiful flower bouquets grown at the UCSC Farm & Alan Chadwick Garden! The Market Cart is open every Friday from noon to 6pm. Buy fresh, buy local and support the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, a training program for organic farmers and gardeners. This garden cart will be held every Friday from June 1st, 2018 through October 26th, 2018. Click here for more information.

Grow Your Own!
Come to this local DIY training. Learn how to select, grow, and arrange annual flowers and perennials from your garden and yard to create beautiful bouquets. This event takes place on July 15th, 2018 and is located at the Alan Chadwick Garden. Admission is $5 for UCSC students. Click here for more information.

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Learn summer pruning techniques from Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers and Orin Martin, manager of UCSC's Chadwick Garden, at this demonstration workshop. This workshop takes place from 9:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, July 28th at the UCSC Farm. The cost of admission is $5 for UCSC students. Click here for more information.

Making Medicines from the Garden
This class will teach gardeners how to make and use many different herbal preparations for common ailments, including teas, oils, compresses, soaks, steams, baths, tinctures, and liniments. Get ready to be coated in herbs during this fun and empowering class. The class takes place at the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn, adjacent to the UCSC Farm. The cost of admission is $5 for UCSC students. Click here for more information.

Apprentice Orientation Tour
Learn about the 6-month Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture organic farm and garden training program on this hour-long walking tour of the UCS Farm. This tour is specially designed for people who may be interested in applying for the Apprenticeship program. This event takes place on July 12th, 2018 at 1:00pm. Click here for more information.

Sustainability 2018 - A Community Convening
While much of the world's attention when it comes to climate change has focused on governmental action, changing consumer behavior is equally important in making an impact on how we use our world's resources. In this interactive panel discussion, we will examine people and organizations that are affecting behavior change in ways that benefit our environment. Join this multidisciplinary discussion about what drives consumers to activate. You can expect our experts to explore innovations that drive adoption of sustainable practices as well as eco-conscious movement building within diverse communities. This event on Thursday, July 26th from 6:00-9:00pm in San Francisco. Click here for more information.

Green Future Hackathon
Calling all business people, tech experts, designers, data scientists, thinkers, and doers who are committed to environmental sustainability! Come join this event where motivated teams of professionals will seek to use technology to help businesses tackle some of the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time. This event is on June 9th-10th in San Francisco. Click here to register or for more information.

Sow & Grow Fall Feast
An intimate dinner in the fields featuring Live Earth Farm's impeccable organic produce picked and prepared fresh. Come enjoy live music, local beverages, and real food! 100% of ticket sales and auction purchases will support Farm Discovery's farm-based nutrition and food systems education programs, nurturing diversity, personal, environmental, economic, and community health. This event takes place on Saturday, September 22nd from 4:00-8:00pm in Watsonville. Click here for more information.

June 2018: Contests and Funding

ACWA began its scholarship program in 1961 to encourage talented and innovative students to join the effort to ensure California's water quality and to implement sound water management policies. This year, ACWA continues its academic scholarship by offering a number of scholarships, including the Clair A. Hill Scholarship. Eligible students must be California residents attending California colleges or universities full-time as a junior or senior during the year the scholarship is awarded. For more information, click here.

The California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation 
The California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation was organized to give aid to students with a desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. the scholarships are awarded annually based upon academic achievement, career goals, extracurricular activities, determination, leadership skills, and a commitment to study agriculture. You must be a Farm Bureau member. Applications are accepted each year between January 1st and March 1st. Click here for more information.

Global Youth Video Competition
Are you 18-30 and taking part in activities to fight climate change? Send a 3-minute video for a chance to be a youth reporter at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland in December. Click here for more information.

Beginning on October 1, 2018, Project Green Challenge (PGC) seeks to inform, inspire and mobilize high school, college, and grad school students globally. This powerful and diverse call to action features 30 days of environmentally–themed challenges. PGC aims to touch lives, shift mindsets, and equip students with knowledge, resources, and mentorship to lead change on campuses and communities worldwide. Each day throughout the month of October, a uniquely themed challenge will be delivered to registered PGC participants by email at 6 am Pacific Time. Each challenge will be live for 24 hours inviting participants to complete actions and upload deliverables to acquire points and prizes. Deliverables include photos, videos, and text uploaded on the PGC site, as well as across TG social platforms; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Twenty incredible prize packages will be awarded daily based on outstanding content. For more information, click here.

Tunza Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competiton
Samsung Engineering jointly with UN Environment invites youth all over the world to raise awareness on the theme of the World Environment Day. Each year the theme is on an area of environmental awareness and action. This program would like to provide youth a chance to show their love and affection for our shared natural world by writing an essay on the value of nature. It also aims to collect inspiring and creative ideas on how we can rediscover the value of nature from the young people by requiring them to think about the importance of the nature and its value for connecting people to our mother nature. Deadline: September 2nd, 2018. Click here for more information.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 2018: Vote on Transportation Fee Measure 69

Students: Vote on Transportation Fee Measure 69

The TAPS Transit operation (which includes the campus shuttles, the Night Owl, the Disability Van Service, and the contract with the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, or Metro) is unable to operate within the revenue that comes from the mandatory Student Transit Fee. Fees have not been increased in ten years and operating costs have increased annually. There is a cumulative deficit in transit of $3.3 million.
Students will be able to vote this May on Measure 69, a proposed increase to the Student Transit Fee that will be used to stabilize current levels of transit services and provide a pay-off of the deficit over the next twenty years:

   According to Transporation and Parking Services (TAPS):

If Measure 69 passes:
• The double buses will continue to operate between downtown and the UCSC campus.
• Transit service, both Metro buses and campus shuttles, will be able to adjust to accommodate student growth.
• Service can be improved to underserved locations (e.g., mid-county, Live Oak, Coastal Science Campus).

If Measure 69 doesn't pass:
• There will be approximately 20% service reductions.
• There will be fewer Metro buses and campus shuttles serving the campus.
•  Waiting times for both buses and shuttles will increase
• There will be more full buses passing people by.

Our buses are a crucial part of our campus ecosystem: everyone benefits from faster transit, fewer cars, and more available parking options. SCMTD (Metro) buses provide one-quarter of all passenger trips made to and from our main campus – the single largest sustainable transportation mode.

Be sure to vote in the Campus Elections this Spring, and have your voice heard on Measure 69!