Friday, September 23, 2016

October 2016: Classes, Training, Community

Get Involved with a UCSC Sustainability Organization
Wondering what organizations exist on campus that work on sustainability projects? The Sustainability Office has a list of organizations here. Are we missing any groups who should be on this list? Email us at[at]ucsc[dot]edu. 

Bike to Work Day: October 6

For nearly 30 years, Ecology Action has been organizing the Bike To Work program in Santa Cruz County. The program happens every May and October and now represents the largest sustainable transportation event in the region and serves a combined total of over 13,000 residents every year. This year, the Sustainability Office will be hosting the UCSC Main Entrance breakfast site, and there will also be a site at Family Student Housing. Check out the Breakfast Site page for info on all your favorite stops across the County! For questions, contact Emily Gomez at bike2work[at]ecoact[dot]org. 

Smart Cycling Classes: October 6 & 7
A two hour intensive class that covers how to do a basic bike check, braking basics, gear shifting, proper helmet fitting, locking bikes, commuting tips, and sharing the road. Thursday, Oct. 6, 5:00–7:30pm, or Friday, Oct. 7, 5:30–8pm Cowell College Room 132. Pre-registration is required at (831) 459-5146 or timellis[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

UCSC Farm Produce Pop-up 
Come and enjoy the UCSC Farm Produce Pop-up on Thursdays from 10am to 3pm at the Quarry Plaza! FSWG will have a variety of vegetables and flowers from the UCSC CASFS Farm and select fruit from the Downtown Farmer's Market. They are now accepting EBT/CalFresh so please come by and use your benefits! The purpose of  the pop-up is to bring the Farmer's market to UCSC for students and to increase access to healthy and affordable food for all. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Billys at abillys[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Cultivating a Daily Revolution weekly gatherings provides a space for students to engage in topics of social justice, community, beyond fair trade, and agroecological approaches. This quarter CDR is offered as a 2-unit internship, but every class is open to the public! They meet Wednesdays from 6-8 PM at A2 in the Sustainability Living Center at the Village. Visit their website for more info.

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. They inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste in their campus communities. PLAN empowers our generation to be changemakers. PLAN's Campus Coordinators offer expertise in leadership development and program-specific best-practices to equip students with the tools they need to reach Zero Waste on their campus. Check out the certification trainings and workshops here.

Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project is in negotiations with the City of Santa Cruz about expanding our first-ever community orchard. In early 2015 they planted 12 fruit trees in Riverside Gardens Park, and have a agreement on a plan to add about 25 more trees, across the street, in Mike Fox Park this winter. 

Startup Weekend Santa Cruz is a grassroots event, organized by volunteers who currently live and/or work in Santa Cruz. This is a unique opportunity for developers, designers, social justice advocates, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, students, engaged citizens, marketers, product managers, changemakers, nonprofit leaders, startup enthusiasts and many others come together to team up and build several new social enterprise startups in just 54 hours! Pitch your idea, build your business, and get feedback from coaches and judges throughout the weekend. Learn more and get your ticket on the website or visit the Facebook page. Discounted tickets are available; email santacruz[at] for more information.

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.

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