Tuesday, November 20, 2012

December 2012: News & Achievements

Classrooms Without Walls at UCSC through Natural Reserves and Forest Ecology Research
Learn how the UCSC Campus Natural Reserves is connecting students to research in the natural areas of our campus, like the UCSC Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP), and how this is helping them apply what they're learning in the classroom to the world around them. Read the article here in UCSC's Review magazine. Contact Alex Jones to inquire about how to get involved--up to 20 interns a quarter are needed to work on this globally-renowned, Smithsonian Institute affiliated research project!

Fall Waste Report
The Sustainability Office's Zero Waste Team has been working with campus partners and student organizations to help UCSC reach its commitment of being a zero-waste campus by 2020. Zero Waste is defined as having 95%-100% of all waste from campus diverted from the landfill through reducing the use of disposable materials and repairing, reusing, recycling or composting everything else. Learn how the Zero Waste team has helped to make our zero-waste goal a reality by reading the full article here.

Dining by Daylight Saves Energy in Dining
Through working with PowerSave Green Campus (PSGC), the College 9/10 dining hall has seen massive energy savings as a result of recent student projects, such as "Dining by Daylight." Ideas for new projects show promise for yet more improvements in the 9/10 Dining Hall. Read an interview here with Clint Jeffries, Unit Manager of the 9/10 Dining Hall, written by PSGC's Calvin Ye. Learn more about PSGC on their website.

Residential Composting
Wondering how you can participate in reducing zero waste on campus in your living space? Composting and waste reduction programs are taking place all over campus. Learn more here!

Family Student Housing (FSH) and Chadwick Garden Composting Project
Over the past year, Family Student Housing community members have rallied together to renovate their community garden. In an effort to improve the garden yet further, FSH has opted to collaborate with Chadwick Garden to pilot a garden composting project. Although FSH will be transporting the compost to Chadwick Garden, FSH gardeners and residents alike, are excited to be working towards a more sustainable garden. Interested in learning more about this project? Email Alan VanderPaas.

Need a Bike for Winter Quarter? Bike Lending Library Applications due by January 18, 2013
The UCSC Bike Library is a TAPS resource coordinated by Student Environmental Center interns. It's a quarter-long bike lending program targeting students that want to get around Santa Cruz without contributing to greenhouse gases. Applications to receive a free bike are due by the end of the 2nd week of each quarter, which is January 18, 2013 if you're applying for a bike for winter quarter. Send them an email for more information and visit the website to apply.

IDEASS Students Inspired by Tour of NASA Ames Sustainability Base
This month, students in IDEASS (Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability Through Student Service), a service-learning class, took a field trip to NASA Ames Sustainability Base, where they learned about two research projects concerning microgrid research and and algae to biodiesel conversion. These cutting-edge projects implemented by NASA will provide IDEASS students with inspiration for their own projects they are working on this year. Read the article by Hanna Haas about the tour here.

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