Thursday, January 23, 2014

February 2014: Classes, Training, and Community

Sustainable Transportation Lectures & Activities Every Friday
People Power: Engaging Sustainable Transportation Solutions meets every Friday from 8 - 10:40 AM in the Kresge Seminar Room. This 2-unit course is being co-taught by two undergrad students and is open to all, even if you aren't enrolled or can only attend one meeting. Each week features a different theme, ranging from the local community to bicycles to walking to feminism & social justice to public transportation, and much more! Speakers are lined up throughout the quarter, including Paul Lee of the Homeless Garden Project, Mark Lakeman of the City Repair Project, a representative from Tesla Motors, TAPS Director, a representative from the Regional Transportation Commission, and many more! The class blog can be found here, and the syllabus with week-by-week details and speaker information is available for viewing here. For more information email Melissa at mott [at] ucsc [dot] edu.

Earth Summit 2014: March 6
The Student Environmental Center is excited to announce the 13th Annual Earth Summit on Thursday, March 6, 2014! The Earth Summit is a space for students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to come together and celebrate the history and current actions in campus sustainability, plan for future projects, and strengthen student involvement. There will be empowering speakers, exciting workshops, and delicious local food! If you would like to be involved in the planning of this great event, lead a workshop, or volunteer, please email Lily Urmann at lurmann [at] ucsc [dot] edu.

"The Story of Stuff" Creator Annie Leonard Speaking at UCSC February 12
Join Annie Leonard, creator of "The Story of Stuff," for a panel discussion about consumption and waste and how we can be more conscious about waste on our campus. Her original video, which is only the first of many, "is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.” What considerations go into purchasing decisions on campus? What are our biggest waste issues? And what initiatives can students take to reduce consumption and waste? From problems to solutions, Annie, along with faculty, staff, and alumni panelists, will connect the “stuff” that enters and leaves our campus with issues of social and environmental justice. February 12, 5-7 PM in the College 9/10 Multipurpose Room, with a reception and book signing following.

Blueprint Breakout
Want to have a direct impact on future sustainability projects on campus? Have visions of UCSC sustainability that you'd like to share? Or are you just interested in learning more about campus sustainability initiatives? Then come to the Student Environmental Center's last Blueprint Breakout of the year! The topic for Wednesday, February 19 is Water Conservation & Energy, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in the College 8 Red Room. Free vegetarian dinner included!

Civinomics Workshop on Illegal Mountain Biking in Upper Campus
On Wednesday, January 29, a panel discussion hosted by Stevenson Residential Life, Hilltromper, and Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz brought together 5 panelists to discuss the illegal mountain biking trail network in upper campus at UCSC to share information and perspectives on what the issues are. Now it's your turn to weigh in on the issue through this Civinomics workshop. Vote on ideas, share your perspectives, and ask questions--engage your civic citizen muscles! Read more about the January 29 panel at Hilltromper, Santa Cruz Sentinel, and the Civinomics blog.

Demeter Seed Library Now Hosting Garden Parties
Demeter Seed Library wants to help you get dirty! A garden party is a novel way to learn more about backyard gardening, utilize community labor, and make new friends. If you have any land that should be growing veggies or flowers, contact them and they will see if they can rally the troops to turn your yard into a beautiful garden! They are also looking for a core group (about 2-4 people) of individuals to join the garden party team--this core group would join in leading the party of brave volunteers in the transformation from dirt to soil. If you think you have what it takes, contact Conner at cspears [at] ucsc [dot] edu.

U.S.-Denmark Summer Workshop on Renewable Energy
The four-week workshop takes place annually, in California and Denmark, with the 2014 edition in California. It starts with one week of online preparation and continues with three weeks of lectures, seminars and field trips in California. Participants will learn about the economics, politics, science, and technology behind renewable energy implementation from leading experts, while exploring communities and relevant energy sites where such technology is in place or currently being implemented. The faculty is composed of U.S. and Danish professors, as well as, external professionals and researchers with proven experience in their field. Students will work on team-based projects related to renewable energy solutions to specific problems. The interdisciplinary approach and holistic perspective allows students with various academic backgrounds to interact and develop concrete final project ideas, while targeting today’s energy problems from different angles. For more information click here.

IDEASS Student Project Presentations at New Tech MeetUp: March 4
Interested in sustainable enterprise? Don't miss the IDEASS presentations at the New Tech MeetUp downtown at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, March 4. Come support your fellow slugs and take advantage of this amazing networking opportunity and connect with some of the top talent from the growing green economy. A lot of top talent from Silicon Valley attend these events and are looking to support creativity on this side of the hill. More information about new Tech MeetUp is here.

The Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and the Social Development Organization of Nicaragua (ASDENIC), along with an interdisciplinary coordinating committee, announce the XV International Agroecology Shortcourse, which will be held in the Parque de las Ciencias Estelimar, located near the city of EstelĂ­ in the north of Nicaragua from July 6-18, 2014. The main topic of the course is Agroecology and Social Transformation: transdisciplinarity, health, and human development. Applications are due April 15, 2014. See the announcement and event poster for full information.

Learn more about exciting marine research behind the scenes and experience the spectacular surroundings of the Seymour Center at one of the tours offered each week, including Marine Mammal Research Tours, Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours, and Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Tours. For details, please visit the website.
Interested in learning more about electric vehicle charging developments planned for UCSC? Want to know of potential electrical shutdowns at Core West? Transportation and Parking Services is wanting to be in better touch with our electric vehicle user community at UCSC – please send an email to Teresa at tabuika [at] ucsc [dot] edu to be added to the list of current electric vehicle users. Learn more about UCSC's current EV accomodations on the TAPS website.

Garden Workdays with the Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA)
Join PICA to help with planting veggies, digging garden beds, building compost, and sowing seeds! A free garden grown lunch will be served. Meet in A-Quad in The Village every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM (Winter Quarter: January 18th to March 8th). For more info check out:

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