Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 2015: Classes, Community and Training

Want to Live at PICA next year?
At the Program in Community and Agroecology, students grow organic food, share in community meals and learn sustainable living skills. Through PICA, students from a variety of majors have the opportunity to study agroecology and apply their knowledge to everyday activities within their community. If you are interested in a sustainability-themed housing for the 2015-2016 school year, sign up for the Village and mark "strongly prefer" for involvement in PICA.

Upcoming Common Ground Events
The mission of the Kresge Common Ground Center is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. They act as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement. Common Ground is hosting a speaker series this quarter through their Collaborative Learning class and other events this spring. To find out more about the events, click here.

Free UCSC Bike Tour de Cruz Bike Ride: April 11
On April, 11th from 12 to 3pm, explore the best bike routes around Santa Cruz, including the new Arana Gulch Trail, in this all-levels bike ride. New cyclists welcome! Bike Santa Cruz County ride leaders will cover everything you need to know to ride your bike around town, including rules of the road, carrying stuff, riding in the rain and more. Pre-register at to get FREE bike lights, local bike map, and snacks! Join the Facebook event here.

Free Bike Safety Class
TAPS sponsors a Bicycle Street Skills class every quarter! Join them on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:30 to 8:00pm or Wednesday, April 15th from 5:30 to 8:00pm. You receive a free light and pizza when you attend. RSVP by filling out this reservation form.

Cultivating a Daily Revolution - Film Series: Starts April 15
This spring, Friends of the Community Agroecology Network (FoCAN) will be re-establish its weekly gatherings and will be bringing a weekly film series. This quarter, the Cultivating a Daily Revolution (CDR) will consist of a series of movies and documentaries relating to themes and topics of: agroecology, food security, sustainability and globalization. The gatherings will consist of free dinner and discussion. Meetings will be held every Wednesday night from 7-9 P.M. at the Ethnic Resource Center (ERC) Lounge above the Baytree bookstore. Stairs and elevators are located to the right of the express store. The first meeting will be April 15th. For more information on the films, click here.

Earth Week: April 19-25
Earth Week 2015 is taking place April 19th-25th, 2015. The theme is, "Your Food, Your Plate, Your Impact". College Eight wants to examine the question "What does it mean to eat?" in the context of our food choices and their underlying impact. Keep an eye out for advertisements across campus!

Local and Organic Tasting Fair: April 22
During Earth Week, join UCSC Dining in their 5th annual Local and Organic Tasting Fair. On Wednesday, April 22nd from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. at College 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room, there will be local vendors and free samples of food and beverages! The event is free and open to all of campus.

Earth Summit: April 24
On Friday, April 24th, 2015, the Student Environmental Center will be hosting the 14th Annual Campus Earth Summit from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm at the College Nine & Ten Multipurpose Room on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. 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, reflect on the 2014-2015 Student Forum events, plan for future sustainability projects, and strengthen overall involvement. The theme of this year’s event is a fusion of activism and art, with a focus on increasing communication and community problem-solving through the avenue of art and personal expression. Learn more about the Earth Summit event and ways you can get involved at our website!


April 24: Sustainability Alumni Reunion
Join the Sustainability Office for a mixer with alumni and current students involved with UC Santa Cruz environmental sustainability and conservation efforts. This is an opportunity to catch up with old friends and create networks with new ones in honor of UCSC's 50th Anniversary. Students, staff, and alumni from UCSC sustainability organizations will be gathering informally at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and nearby West End Tap on Friday, April 24th from 5-8 p.m. You don't have to be 21+ to attend! Please invite others who may be interested in attending. To RSVP or ask questions, please email Melissa at mott [at] ucsc [dot] edu.

PICA Garden Workdays: All Spring Quarter
Every Saturday April 4 - May 30 from 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. PICA hosts garden workdays. Free vegetarian lunch will be served. Meet in the A-quad of the village.

Spring Convergence Early Bird Registration and Workshop App: Now Open
The CSSC Spring Convergence will be held from April 24th-26th at Loyola Marymount University and hosted by students at Santa Monica College and Loyola Marymount University. Early bird registration for students is $25.00 for a weekend that covers keynote speakers, workshops, caucuses, speaker panels, entertainment, two nights of housing, five delicious local meals, and an opportunity to network with students and professionals from across the state. The deadline for early bird registration ends at midnight on April 6th! Workshops can be created and facilitated by anyone (student, teacher, professional, or community member) on any topic aligned with our theme and vision. If you are interested in leading a workshop or registering early, click here.

Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology Course
The free massive open online course, Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology, offered by Cornell University, explores why and how people come together to care for nature and cultivate community in places marked by disaster, war, poverty and environmental degradation.

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