Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 2016: Classes, Training, Community

Faculty Workshop: Incorporating Sustainability & Climate Change into UCSC Courses: Deadline to Register April 5th
This one-day workshop for UCSC faculty will provide space for discussing and sharing knowledge about sustainability, approaches for integrating themes into courses, and relevant tools and resources. It will take place on May 20, 2016 from 9am-3pm at Digital Arts Research Center, “Light Lab” Room 306 on the UCSC campus. Faculty will receive $1000 for participating in the workshop to help revise syllabi and course plans. Funds can be used for assistance from a GSR, instructional media, field trips, guest speaker honoraria, lab materials, etc. They will also receive $200 for sharing accomplishments back with the group next year. This workshop is open to all UCSC faculty although space is limited and priority will be given to Senate faculty. Please email asteves[at]ucsc[dot]edu to pre-register.

UCSC Bioneers Conference Tabling & Performance Registration Open: Deadline April 8th
The 2nd Annual UCSC Bioneers Conference, a Bioneers Resilient Communities Network Event, takes place April 23-24th in Kresge College. The conference will feature workshops, guest speakers, artistic performances, dancing, and more! Click here to apply to perform, sing, dance, or create an interactive art piece. Click here to table at the conference with your organization. To get your free ticket for the conference, visit the Eventbrite page and then share this event on Facebook!

Survey on Environmental Sustainability for UCSC Students: Deadline April 10
All UCSC students are invited to participate in the UCSC Survey on Environmental Sustainability, the first campuswide project to gain a better understanding of student perceptions of and participation in the environmental sustainability movement on campus. Your feedback will help the People of Color Sustainability Collective (PoCSC) create programming, resources, and opportunities to better address our campus needs. The survey takes only 5–10 minutes to complete, and by participating, you will be entered for a chance to win an iPad Air or one of 11 $50 gift cards to the Bay Tree Bookstore. PoCSC is an initiative housed under the Ethnic Resource Centers that works in collaboration with Colleges Nine and Ten and the Campus Sustainability Office. For questions or more information, please email pocsc[at]ucsc[dot]edu. Administration of this survey is being done by the UCSC Office of Institutional Research. Participating in the survey is completely voluntary and will not affect your grades, registration, or enrollment in any way. Your responses will be kept confidential and reported only as aggregate data. You can also share this survey on Facebook here.

UCSC Bioneers Conference Announces Speakers & Workshops
The Common Ground Center and the Sustainability Office invite you to attend the 2nd Annual UC Santa Cruz Bioneers Conference, a Bioneers Resilient Communities Network Event, on April 23-24 at Kresge College in Santa Cruz, California. This conference is a two day experience focused on themes like social and environmental justice and activism. The event carries a festive and empowering ambiance with visionary speakers, inspiring and educational workshops, performances and artwork, dancing, food, and music. The workshops and speakers are listed here, and more details will be added in the coming weeks. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Survey on Integration of Sustainability and Climate Change into UCSC Courses
Have you taken a course where sustainability and climate change were integrated in an especially meaningful, unexpected, or innovative way? Or a class where it could have been better integrated, or included as a unit, module, or lesson? If so, please email Andrea Steves at or take this quick, 2-minute, anonymous survey!

Shifting Bike Culture: Submit Your Story!
You're invited to share a story about a time when you felt excluded in a bike space for a collective story project. San Jose-based Cowgirl Bike CourierDr. Adonia Lugo, and Sarah McCullough are collaborating on a new blog called Shifting Bike Culture, which will collect these stories together with the purpose of "build[ing] our individual moments into a collective voice that guides the development of community-rooted principles for inclusion in bicycling and other urbanist movements (quote by Adonia Lugo)." Visit the website and submit your story here.

Apply to Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies at SF State: Priority Deadline April 15th
SF State's interdisciplinary Sexuality Studies MA program has extended its priority admissions deadline to April 15, 2016, with rolling admissions through July 1. Drawing on fields including ethnic studies,  gender and women's studies, history, queer studies, psychology, public health, and sociology, they emphasize theoretical and methodological sophistication and a commitment to addressing social inequality and advancing social justice. They are admitting applicants with a conditional GRE requirement. If a student has not taken the GRE or wants more information, please contact Professor Fields at jfields[at]sfsu[dot]edu. For more information about the program, click here.

Kelp Forest Ecology Summer Course: Deadline April 15
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. Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA Jun 20-Jul 22, 2016 (5-weeks), M-F, 5-units.

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.

California Dream Ride: Registration Opens April 1
Our 3rd Annual California Dream Ride will take place over 5 days from October 3rd to 8th, 2016. The ride is 280 miles from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles. Enjoy gorgeous ocean sunsets with new friends. Ride along quiet beach bike paths, skyline ridge roads, and scenic canyons, enjoying the balmy breeze. Eat fantastic meals with great company. Relax in comfortable hotels at the end of a day of riding. Early bird registration opens April 1.

Women of Wind and Energy Windpower Fellowship: May 23-26
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 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy Program: Deadline July 1
The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From August 4-16, a diverse body of participants will engage a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability-related topics through daily presentations, collaborative projects, mentoring activities, site visits, and networking opportunities with leading research institutions and companies in the digital technology and energy sectors. They will accept applications through July 1st. Application information, program information, and more can be found at their website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Aláan uic.sise.admissions[at]gmail[dot]com, SISE Program Coordinator.

Climate Ride Summer Session: June 17 - July 10, 2016
The Climate Ride has a new program designed to engage young adults (ages 18-24) in the bike advocacy, conservation and sustainability movement. The 2016 inaugural ride is a 24-day, 1200-mile van-supported bike trip from Portland, OR to Santa Barbara, CA through some of the Pacific Coast’s most beautiful locales. In order to participate, riders must fundraise a minimum of $3,500 for the Climate Ride beneficiary organizations of their choice. There are more than 100 beneficiaries to choose fromSpace is limited to 20 participants. For more information and to register click here.

Sustainability Studies Minor
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.

Divestment Student Network People Of Color Caucus
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.

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