Friday, January 22, 2016

February 2016: Classes, Trainings and Community

Leadership for Social Justice: Sikh American Perspectives: February 6
This workshop in Humanities 1, Room 210 from 10 AM - 4 PM on February 6 will provide participants with practical tools for conceptualizing and effecting social change. Led by Jyotswaroop Kaur, Education Director for  the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, workshop modules will include understanding and changing mindsets, community cultural leadership, implementing adaptive change, and supporting citizen-centered rather than client-centered approaches. An agenda of events can be found here.

College Campus Cleanups: February 7 and February 21
February 7th, 11:00 am, outside College 9/10 Dining Hall and Multipurpose Room
February 21st, 11:00 am, College Eight Plaza
There will be two cleanup days this quarter sponsored by the Sustainability Office Zero Waste Team. Each cleanup will focus on a specific college area; members of any college are welcome and encouraged to attend. Snacks will be provided after the cleanups. For more information, contact Bella Montez at bmontez [at] ucsc [dot] edu. Visit the Facebook page for details.

Mixed Ethnicities Student Headquarters (MESH) Conference: February 20
MESH will be hosting a Mixed Student Union Conference on the subject of Defining & Exploring Mixed Identity on February 20 in the Cervantes & Velasquez Conference Room in the Bay Tree Conference Center. There will be three keynote speakers and a variety of workshops to choose from. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. RSVP required here.

Gaia Magazine Submissions: Magazine Deadline February 22
Gaia Magazine is accepting submissions for both the website ( and Issue VIII of the magazine. There is no deadline for website content, but magazine content must be submitted before February 22nd. Works are submitted via email to gaiamagazineucsc [at] gmail [dot] com; guidelines and instructions can be found here. Gaia Magazine accepts all types of work (art, poetry, articles, photography, recipes, etc.). Work must have an environmental or sustainable theme that relates to UCSC or the greater Santa Cruz community.

Food Systems Learning Journeys will take you from the classroom and the halls of campus into a not too distant world of farming, distributing, cooking, consuming, and composting food. Upcoming journeys include Sustainable Oysters and the World of Shellfish (February 10th), The Craft of Fermentation (February 21st), and Viticulture and Regional Terroir (February 24th). Register online through OPERS and click here for more information.

UCSC Climate & Science Policy Conference: February 26-27
The 3rd annual UCSC climate conference, co-sponsored by the divisions of Social Sciences and Physical & Biological Sciences, will be taking place February 26-27 in the College 9/10 Multipurpose Room. This year's title is Earth's Climate Future: Uncharted Territory. Panels will focus on public health, geoengineering, and geopolitics. Visit the site here to RSVP and learn more.

Permaculture Film Series
Common Ground Center is offering a permaculture film and discussion series on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 PM during winter quarter. The series is free & open to the public, and students enrolled in Kresge-161: Permaculture & Whole Systems Design are encouraged to attend the series to see examples of thriving, resilient and sustainable communities worldwide. For more information, contact commonground [at] ucsc [dot] edu.

Education for Sustainable Living Program Team (ESLP)
ESLP is looking for engaged students who wish to be a part of the organizing team for the next year. Ideally, students will shadow current positions this winter quarter to gain skills and training to carry on into the 2016-2017 year. Open positions include:

  • Collaboration and networking sphere organizers: organizers work together to design and create colorful advertisement flyers for the organization. Regular maintenance of the ESLP website, Facebook page, and registering for on-campus events are other collaboration and networking sphere duties. The goal for this sphere is to increase awareness of ESLP, outreach for student facilitators, and Spring Speaker Series students.
  • Academic Sphere organizers: organizers meet every 11-12:10am MWF for the Winter Training Seminar (WTS) to facilitate a group of students in preparation for their spring Action Research Teams. This group of organizers works closely with admin to build relationships and harbor the skills necessary for leading a successful action project.
  • Heart Sphere organizers: Heart sphere organizers work closely with ESLP's staff advisor, Angela Harris, to manage our budget and personnel responsibilities. These organizers work all of Winter quarter contacting and booking guest speakers for the Spring Speaker Series.
Students interested in working with ESLP who would like to shadow these positions can contact ESLP at eslp[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

The minor incorporates courses offered by College Eight and departments across campus, student-initiated classes through the Education for Sustainable Living Program, and an interdisciplinary capstone. The minor is open to all UCSC students. For more information, click here.

Cultivating a Daily Revolution: What's in Your Melting Pot? Histories of Food in the USA: Wednesdays, 6-8 PMThis 2 unit seminar and internship series discusses the social, economic and political conditions that give rise to the food cultures seen in the United States today. Working at the intersection of social justice and environmental justice, discussions (following a free weekly meal) aim to locate histories of food, ethnobotany and oppositionality in today's neoliberal socio-economic climate. For more information, email focan [at] ucsc [dot] edu.

Produce Pop-Up Stand in the Quarry Plaza 
Students from the Food Systems Working Group (FSWG) and the Global Food Initiative (GFI) are hosting a produce stand on Wednesdays from 2:30-5:00 PM in the Quarry Plaza! Come by to get fresh leafy greens from the campus farm and fresh fruit from the local farmers market! If you would like more information please contact Alyssa at abillys [at] ucsc [dot] edu or ucscfswg [at] gmail [dot] com.

Volunteer with Take Back The Tap
Take Back The Tap UCSC is on the lookout for new organizers and a candidate for the 2016-2017 campaign coordinator. Students interested in learning valuable skills like grant-writing, social media outreach, campaign organization tactics, meeting with decision makers, or team-building should contact Take Back The Tap at tbttucsc-group [at] ucsc [dot] edu, and/or come to meetings on Mondays from 12:15-1:45 PM in the Kresge Common Ground Center, near STARS. Check out the group's Facebook page, Take Back The Tap UCSC, to learn more. 

Demeter Seed Library

The Demeter Seed Library will be hosting office hours this quarter in Oakes 307. Come by to borrow or donate seeds and learn more about seed saving and campus gardening efforts. Office hours are Mondays 2:00-3:00 and Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 or by appointment. 

The World Cafe: Food, Tea, Conversations That Matter
Mondays 5-7pm in the Kresge Seminar Room 159

The World Cafe is a weekly potluck of both food and ideas. It aims to bring a diversity of people together to explore whatever topics matter to them. Each night is focused on a different theme, often proposed by a student club or passionate individual wanting to develop their conversational leadership. Attendees savor the inquiry as they savor the food and tea, connect deeply with one another, form friendships, move projects forward, and create actionable knowledge. The World Cafe is a process used around the globe to surface the collective intelligence of groups of all sizes.

UCSC Activist Training Workshop with Green Corps: March 7

Green Corps is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that teaches recent college graduates how to run and win environmental campaigns. The activist training will take place at the College 8 Red Room on Monday, March 7th from 5:00-6:30 PM. It will teach students invaluable skills that would improve any group that is trying to achieve a goal and grow stronger, such as how to raise group visibility and membership (including working with the media), how to strategically plan campaigns (from fundraising, to advocacy, to grassroots campaigns), and how to develop leadership. Email ucscgreencorps[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.
Art, Moral Thinking, and Climate Change, A Community Forum: February 5-6
This event at the Peace United Church in Santa Cruz hopes to inform the community about climate change and inspire action. On Friday at 7 PM, Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore will speak, and poetry, music, art exhibits, and refreshments will be featured. On Saturday from 9 AM - 1 PM, there will be a feature presentation by Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore and action opportunities. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Sponsored by the Progressive Christian Forum. For more information, email rstrayer [at] sbcglobal [dot] net. 

Cabrillo Construction Courses: Deadline February 6
Students interested in enrolling in a Spring semester class in Cabrillo’s Construction & Energy Management Program can receive independent study credit through College 8. To enroll in the class, first apply for admission to Cabrillo and then enroll in the chosen class(es). Contact Ronnie Lipschutz (rlipsch [at] ucsc [dot] edu) for further information about enrolling and having your tuition paid by College Eight. Course descriptions can be found here.

Colorado State University Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA) Degree Program: Deadline March 1The interdisciplinary MGMA degree provides students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds—such as environmental studies, agriculture, forestry, business, engineering, and natural resources—the opportunity to develop the skills needed for emerging sustainability professions focused on greenhouse gas management and accounting. Two graduate fellowships and a teaching assistantship are available to support incoming students for Fall 2016. Applicants interested in graduate fellowships or the teaching assistantship should contact MGMA Program Coordinator Nikki Foxley at WCNR_ESS_info [at] mail [dot] colostate [dot] edu as soon as possible for more information.

Kelp Forest Ecology Summer Course: Deadline April 15Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CAJun 20-Jul 22, 2016 (5-weeks), M-F, 5-units.This course is aimed at upper division undergraduates or beginning graduate students interested in benthic ecology & kelp forests. SCUBA certification (Advanced/Open Water II) & all personal diving gear is required (AAUS scientific certification is not required, but desirable). Summer tuition ($5080) will be covered; class size is limited. The application form is available here

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training: April 21

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program acts as a method of evaluating buildings based on energy-efficient and sustainable design. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows that those certified are knowledgeable in the green building industry. A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced recently and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system. This training will take place on the UCSC campus on April 21 from 6-10 PM. For more information including cost and how to register, see here

Pledge to go Meatless on Mondays to Receive Weekly Tips
Many of us might want to help the environment or the animals but are reluctant to make the change to vegetarian or vegan right away. Meatless Mondays are a less intimidating yet effective way to cut back on our impact on the environment and save a few animals' lives along the way. Whether one eats at the dining halls or cooks at home, cutting out meat for just one day of the week is especially easy after make the pledge here. Participants receive tips and recipe ideas weekly. Join the thousands of students across the nation who have already taken the pledge and sign up today!

The Rudd Mayer Memorial Fellowships support women to participate in WINDPOWER, attending seminars on current wind energy issues, viewing state-of-the-art technology, meeting others in the renewable energy field, and connecting with employers about potential internships or permanent positions. WINDPOWER 2016 will be held from May 23-26 in New Orleans, LA. The Fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from the WINDPOWER conference site, conference registration (and included meals), and lodging. Find out more on the website here.

The People of Color Caucus is a place for organizers of color in the divestment movement to meet, collaborate on shared projects, and support each other to build the Climate Justice movement the world needs. Check out their Purpose, Principles and how to get involved here. Divestors of color who are interested in learning more can fill out this quick membership form to be shared on their listserve, membership contact page, and Facebook group.

Low Carbon IT Campaign
Offered by Energy Star, the Low Carbon IT Campaign is a nationwide effort to assist and recognize organizations for reducing the energy consumed by their information technology equipment. With six suggested ways to reduce the IT energy costs at your organization, the EPA will recognize institutions that implement two of them, putting computers to sleep and benchmarking data centers. Free phone and email consultations are available to answer questions.

Private Prison Divestment: A Toolkit for Campus Organizers
This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide on how to organize a divestment campaign on campus. With a primer on the reasons to divest from private prison companies, the toolkit features a case study from a historic divestment victory at Columbia University.

Plastic-Free Campus Manual
Post-Landfill Action Network's new manual provides guidance to students and campus organizers about creating a campus environment that is free of plastic. The manual covers topics ranging from turnover in student leadership to working with administrators, and more hands-on topics like conducting plastic waste audits. The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) will be hosting webinars and workshops in 2016 to support those who are trying to bolster a plastic-free campus.

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