Tuesday, November 14, 2017

December 2017: Internships, Employment and Volunteering

Santa Cruz Climate Action Interns
The Climate Action Program is seeking two Climate Action interns for winter and spring quarter to assist in outreach efforts by participating in large community forums, tabling at locations throughout the city, and distributing information on the Climate Adaptation Plan Update to community members in a variety of formats. Interns will also be tasked with tracking outreach outcome metrics and in compiling and analyzing data collected through the outreach activities. These positions are unpaid, for credit internships with a preferred availability of 6 hours per week.

Sunbank Solar Water Heaters - Educational Marketing Internship
Sunbank is looking for a UCSC intern who will work directly with the CEO and help with their educational marketing campaigns. These campaigns will use a multimedia strategy to overcome the challenges that face the adoption of solar thermal technology. We are looking for someone who can assist with campaigns in progress and who can think creatively to help us start new initiatives.

Habitat For Humanity Restore - Social Media Intern
This is an opportunity to be in on an exciting new project that will go through early marketing and outreach to the community to full operation. Our program requires a part-time individual who would focus on marketing, social media, and public service announcements. Of course, there are also other shorter term volunteer opportunites available.

Allterra Environmental Consulting Internship
The internship with Allterra is ideal for students interested in careers in environmental science, marketing and communications, engineering, bio-technology, geology, hydro-geology, resource management, and general green consulting.  For more information visit Alterra Website.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2017 Sustainability Profile: Jennifer Perez

 Each month, our newsletter features a person or group on campus that is working towards a more sustainable world. This month we had the privilege to interview Jennifer Perez, a voting member of the Campus Sustainability Council. Their Organization helps to provide funds to UCSC student organizations for programs and events that create, implement, and monitor environmentally sound practices on campus. Their goal is to eventually have a collaborative setting between student organizations, faculty, and the Santa Cruz community.
Jennifer Perez
Voting Member of the Campus Sustainability Council 
During the interview, we asked how Jennifer Perez and the Campus Sustainability Council promotes sustainability.

What does sustainability mean?
 "I believe that sustainability is the the use of natural resources.  Sustainability is a institutional change among other components to create better conditions to help the needs of people." 
What sustainable practices do you live by in your daily life?
"My privileged life has given me the opportunity to own a reusable water bottle. I have it with me at all times, and I bring my own utensils for events. I also compost my food. On my less privileged life, my family and I reuse old containers. I try to be very active in many sustainable events."
 How did sustainability become your passion?   
"It became my passion during high school when I took a Marine Biology class. I realized how everything is connected to being sustainable and how it affects the earth."
 What does Campus Sustainability Council do? 
"The Campus Sustainability Council helps by funding student projects, sustainable organizations and other events. Our council consists of students of all years (Freshman-Seniors). During the fall we recruit students to train them for the Winter and Spring quarter. We start with interview process then train them to grow in the council. We collaborate with organizations such as Social Justice. During 2017, we collaborated with the Social Justice Media Center for the the 2nd annual Critical Voices Event. Funded by Alicia Garcia (Black Lives Matter founder)."
 How did you react to the President's political view towards the environment?  
"Our organization was not affected at all since we are self funded; however, I was and still am afraid of the environmental impacts since so many people do not believe in climate change. I believe there's still hope if people keep fighting for our Earth. 

 What is your long-term vision for sustainability at UCSC?
"I feel like we should place more composed bins around campus; however, my vision would be to have all colleges be informed about sustainability."
Is there a message you would like to tell UCSC students? 
" Start putting yourselves out there and help promote sustainability!" 
Campus Sustainability Council 2016-2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017: New! Sustainability Certificate Program for Employees


The Sustainability Certificate Program, launching in January, 2018, is a professional development opportunity for staff and faculty to examine sustainability issues, concepts and strategies for building a more sustainable and inclusive campus. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to empower their leadership in sustainability at UC and in their broader communities.

To complete the certificate, participants must complete the seven required courses and one elective within two academic years.

A tentative course list is as follows; finalized course listings and dates will be available on November 14th. Elective courses are asterisked. All courses will be taught by UCSC faculty and staff.
  • Introduction to Sustainability  
  • Sustainability in the UC
  • Housing, Transportation & Land Use
  • Climate Justice
  • Intersections Between Diversity & the Environment
  • Sustainability Leadership
  • Fostering Sustainable Behavior
  • Green Events
  • Sustainable Purchasing
Registration will be open on the UC Learning Center on November 14th. If you would like to receive an email reminder to register, please add yourself to the program mailing list.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

November 2017: Contests and Funding

Association of California Water Agencies Awards
The ACWA awards two scholarships each year to students in a water-resources related field of study. Awards are based on a combination of scholastic achievement and a commitment on the part of the applicants to their chosen fields, best demonstrated by pursuing a degree related to or identified with engineering, agriculture or urban water supply, environmental studies and public administration associated with resources management.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship 
The Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship is for an upper division or graduate student who shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature and an understanding of the need to practice conservation. Students pursuing degrees in environmental protection, forestry, wildlife and fisheries, biology, parks and recreation, park management, environmental law and public policy, environmental art, and California history are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program 
The Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program is for both part-time and full-time students majoring in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Forestry, Agronomy, Conservation, Plant Pathology, Environmental Concerns and/or other related subjects.
Deadline: April 11, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

2017 Global Engagement Photo Contest
The 2017 Global Engagement Photo Contest is for current UCSC International Students, current UCSC faculty or staff, and UCSC alumni who wish to share diverse cultural perspectives through photographs. Contestants are allowed a maximum of two photographs. Accepting Submissions from February 27, 2017, to March 28, 2017. Find more information and rules by clicking here.

2017 On-Campus Photography Contest
The 2017 On-Campus Photography Contest is open to all faculty, staff, and students who wish to share photographs of UC Santa Cruz for Chancellor Blumenthal's winter holiday card. Contestants are limited to three photographs. Deadline November 5th, 2017.
Find more information by clicking here.

November 2017: Campus Sustainability Plan Kick-Off Event

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the UC Santa Cruz's 5-year Campus Sustainability Plan was unveiled during its kick-off event at the Arboretum.
Vice Chancellor Sarah Latham delivered a few brief remarks and recognized the hard work of community members who helped develop the plan. Attendees also enjoyed music by a student jazz trio, raffle and prizes, refreshments, a photo booth, and electric bike demos.
The Campus Sustainability Plan focuses on four areas:
  • Learning & Culture
  • Materials Management & Food Systems
  • Natural Environment & Infrastructure
  • Climate & Energy
Each area includes specific goals, strategies, and first-year actions to help move us forward. The plan also acknowledges that concern for the environment intersects with social issues.





Saturday, October 21, 2017

November 2017: Classes, Training, and Community

Santa Cruz Farmer's Markets
Downtown Santa Cruz Farmer's Market on Wednesdays, 1:00 to 5:00pm in Fall & Winter at Cedar St. and Lincoln St.
Westside Farmer's Market on Saturdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm year-round at Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr.
Or drive to one of the other Farmer's Markets in the area: FeltonLive OakScotts Valley.

Organic Produce Pop-Up
Enjoy fresh, affordable, organic produce from the UCSC Farm & Garden and other local farms from the produce pop up. Located in the Quarry Plaza on Mondays, 10am-2pm. Find more information about the Produce-Pop Up here.

Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living
Check out the various cool programs within the Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living. There are lots of ways to get involved with them.

UCSC Bike Cooperative
Stop by the UCSC Bike Coop to service your bike, gain more bike knowledge, and meet new people. They are a fun place dedicated to promoting a sustainable mode of transportation.

Sustainability Minor
If you are interested in working in the sustainability field, pursuing green entrepreneurship, and becoming an agent of change to protect the environment, consider declaring the Sustainability Minor.

Wondering what organizations exist on campus that work on sustainability projects? The Sustainability Office has a list of organizations here.


Come to the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History's open house, located in the Natural Sciences II building (room 239). They are featuring a student art show, natural history collection displays, hands-on art making and face painting, and artist talks and demonstrations. Students and community members of all ages are welcome! Free admission and donations are encouraged. Learn more about the Norris Center event here.

Come check out the UCSC Arboretum this month on community day! You'll get free admission to the Arboretum and Botanical Garden the first Tuesday of everything month. For a list of schedules days and more information, click here.

Are you interested in learning about the flora and fauna native to the Santa Cruz area? Come to the Santa Cruz County Chapter of California Native Plant Society for a general meeting on Monday November 13th. Free admission and parking. Learn more about the Native Plant Society meeting here.

Curious about UCSC's 33-acre organic farm? Come get a free guided tour of the organically managed greenhouses, handworked garden beds, orchards, row crop fields, and children's garden on November 5th at 2pm. Learn more about the Free Guided Tour here.

Come take a behind the scenes tour of Younger Lagoon, one of the University of California's beautiful Natural Reserves. Younger Lagoon contains a diverse coastal habitat and is home to a wide array of wildlife. It is also a great spot for any birdwatchers out there! Free to UCSC undergraduate students with a student ID. Learn more about Touring Younger Lagoon here.

Growing Organic Garlic Workshop
Ever wanted to know how to grow great garlic? Join the Cultivating Organic Garlic in the Home Garden & Small Farm workshop to learn all the ins and outs of growing great garlic.  Led by Sandhill Farms garlic grower Pete Rasmussen and Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin. The workshop will be held on Sunday, November 5th at 9:30am. Learn more about the Growing Garlic Workshop here.




Monday, October 16, 2017

November 2017: Internships, Employment and Volunteering

Los Gatos High School Agroecology Class
The Los Gatos High School Agroecology class is comprised of Juniors and Seniors age 15-18. Each class has about 24 students, more than half of whom are special education students having either an IEP or 504 plan. Each student is assigned a 5’x10’ garden plot of their own to work on and experiment with throughout the school year. The class focuses on the cultivation of annual edible and ornamental plants. As each plant goes through its complete life cycle, students have the opportunity to observe and document all of its life stages. Find more information by visiting this link. Contact: philip.rosenblum@gmail.com



Looking for Disciplined self study independent study partially unsupervised super passionate enthusiastic researcher self reliant student. Must be search savvy to try many different possibilities of key words searching on internet plus attend as many green conferences or local gov't public meetings as possible. Find more information by visiting this link. Contact: TheGreenArchitect@gmail.com

Walker Creek Ranch Paid Internship
This is a ten month paid internship in which Interns are responsible for leading hikes, teambuilding, and lessons for groups of approximately twenty students from a variety of cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. Interns receive paid training and continuing mentorship throughout the school year. Find more information by visiting this link. Contact: agordon@marinschools.org

During the school year, a select group of Aptos, Pajaro Valley and Watsonville High School students will be enrolled in a Coastal Ecology science class where they will learn about environmental issues related to local watersheds. Find more information by visiting this link.

Koret Scholarship
Scholarships available for undergraduate research and creative projects! You can earn academic credit, present your work at Koret Slam and much more! For more information, visit this link.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 2017: Sustainability Office Carbon Fund Profile

Carbon Fund Student Team Members:
Talia Gnessin and Natalie Hazrati

What is the Carbon Fund and where do the funds come from?
The Carbon Fund is a granting body that funds projects by students, staff, and community members that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conduct relevant research, or carry out educational programs. The funds come from Measure 44, which taxes every undergraduate and graduate student a $3 fee per quarter. The Carbon Fund supports UCSC goal to become carbon neutral by 2025 and has about $150,000 to allocate to sustainability projects that will help reach this goal.

Who decides what projects will receive funding?
The Carbon Fund is comprised of a committee with 8 members, both staff and students, who vote on which projects are allocated funds.


Who can apply for a Carbon Fund Grant? Some examples?
College 9 and 10 garden!
Students, staff, or community members can apply for a Carbon Fund.  Some examples of projects that have been funded are the 9 and 10 garden, which had funds allocated to purchase trees and plants. Also, the Carbon Fund gave a grant for a solar power upgrade, which will provide a long-term solar power solution for research and teaching activities at UC’s Año Nuevo Natural Reserve


How do projects incorporate sustainable practices into their projects?
The projects funded by the Carbon Fund Grant all incorporate a goal towards an ultimate reduction of carbon emission. The hope is to continue in the strides that UCSC has been making towards a more sustainable environment through carrying out these various projects.

Solar Generator kit that was purchased with a Carbon Fund grant - UC’s Año Nuevo Natural Reserve
Where can you find out more information about past Carbon Fund projects?
Visit the Carbon Fund Website to learn more about past Carbon Fund Projects!


How do you apply for a Carbon Fund Grant?
You can apply on the Carbon Fund Website. There will also be an Info Session for all prospective applicants who want to learn more about the application process on October 26th from 6-7PM in the Graduate Student Commons Fireside Lounge

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 2017: Campus Sustainability Plan Kick-Off Event



We are excited to invite you to the
Campus Sustainability Plan Kick-Off Event on
Thursday, October 19 from 2:00 - 4:30pm
at the UCSC Arboretum!


We will unveil our 5-year Campus Sustainability Plan and share funding resources for staff, faculty and student sustainability projects. Vice Chancellor Latham will recognize the hard work of community members who helped developed the plan. We'll also have some fun with music by a student jazz trio, raffle and prizes, a photo booth and electric bike demos from 2:00-4:30 pm! Refreshments including food, local organic wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.


2:00pm Welcome by Vice Chancellor Sarah Latham
2:30pm Learn about UCSC’s Campus Sustainability Plan from
Sustainability Director, Elida Erickson
3:30pm Be sure to stay for the raffle prize drawing!


Feel free to invite other friends and Santa Cruz community members!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Visualizing Sustainable Transportation in Santa Cruz County

View Future Transportation Options in 3-D
Visualizing Sustainable Transportation in Santa Cruz County


The Visualizing Sustainable Transportation in Santa Cruz County project (SCCRTC.org/VIS) will provide interactive virtual reality visualizations of potential short and long term transportation options for Santa Cruz County using an innovative OWLtm viewer. The goal of the project is to provide a fun and immersive community participation experience.


The visualizations demonstrate transportation and land use options that address congestion, city and county plans/projects, the passage of Measure D, discussions about priorities with community leaders, and state mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Visualizations will highlight:
  • Optimized use of existing streets through enhanced bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities
  • Expanded safe mobility options for all members of the community
  • Options that decrease greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle miles traveled
  • Walk-friendly, compact, mixed-use neighborhoods
  • Options that decrease personal transportation expenses thereby increasing the amount of money that can be reinvested in the local economy

The OWLtm interactive virtual reality viewer includes site-specific visualizations and will be available at four locations:
  • Phase 1
    • Oct 4 – Nov 15: Soquel Drive @ Chanticleer, near the Sutter Surgery Center
    • Oct 18 – Nov 29: Natural Bridges @ the railroad crossing near the Wrigley Building
  • Phase 2, Spring 2018
    • Watsonville
    • 17th Avenue in Live Oak
Participants will be able to provide feedback about the short and long term visualizations via a short survey on the Owl viewer. Each visual will also be accessible through a “pocket owl” for smart phones, computers or other devices. The “pocket owl” will be available at SCCRTC.org/VIS approximately one week after the Owl viewers are up.  


The Visualizing Sustainable Transportation in Santa Cruz County project is coordinated with other RTC projects by providing graphics to describe what sustainable transportation options might look like. The Unified Corridor Investment Study is a separate project that addresses the voter-approved mandate in Measure D to assess environmental and economic benefits/impacts of transportation options on three parallel routes in Santa Cruz County: Highway 1, the rail line and Soquel Avenue-Drive/Freedom Boulevard.


For more information about the Visualizing Sustainable Transportation in Santa Cruz County project or to view the Soquel Drive/Chanticleer and West Santa Cruz pocket Owls, please visit:  SCCRTC.org/VIS
Sign up to get project updates by sending an email to info@sccrtc.org with “Vis” in the subject line.


The Sustainable Transportation Visualization for Santa Cruz County project was funded through a Caltrans Transit Planning for Sustainable Communities grant to help meet the state goal of expanded accessibility and multimodal options.


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

October 2017: Internships, Employment and Volunteering

Golden State Renewable Energy Project Development Internship: No Deadline 
GSRE seeks an Intern, Project Development, to conduct research on opportunities to site solar PV on brownfield sites such landfill and/or acreage contaminated by previous industrial use. For more information, please visit this link. Contact: mark@gsr.energy

Coastal Restoration Intern Groundswell Coastal Ecology: No Deadline
Groundswell Coastal Ecology seeks interns to work on our Coastal Enhancement Program in Santa Cruz County. Groundswell is a sponsored 501(c)(3) dedicated to enhancing coastal ecological resources by pairing science, education, and community with ecosystem restoration. For more information, please visit this link. Contact: bill.henry@groundswellecology.org Website: www.groundswellecology.org

IPM Intern at Santa Cruz Ranches: No Deadline
Santa Cruz Ranches are seeking an intern to help establish a GPS based pest scouting program for their farm. This project could start in January and could possibly continue into the summer months. Hours are very flexible and we would need to discuss the candidate’s goals and availability before setting a schedule. Most of the work would take place mid-morning to early afternoon. For more information, please visit this link. Contact: saul.alba@delcabo.com

Joshua Tree Mycorrhizal Fungi Research Intern: No Deadline
Intern(s) will assist in a project to determine what role mycorrhizal fungi play in helping Joshua trees adapt to climate change. Joshua trees are threatened by climate change in Joshua Tree National Park, and they have an unknown fungal community that could be important in helping their seedlings survive and/or establish in new areas. For more information, please visit this link. Contact: jharrower@ucsc.edu

Transportation Tracking & Gamification App Developer (Credit or Paid): No Deadline
Looking for a student to help build an app for a project with automation settings, gamification, and data collection related to transportation. For more information, please contact: igalmich@ucsc.edu or (530) 617-1343

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

October 2017: Classes, Training, and Community

Santa Cruz Farmer's Markets
Downtown Santa Cruz Farmer's Market on Wednesdays, 1:30 to 6:30 pm in Spring & Summer (1:30 to 5:30 pm in Fall & Winter) at Cedar St. and Lincoln St.
Westside Farmer's Market on Saturdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm year-round at Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr.
Or drive to one of the other Farmer's Markets in the area including: FeltonLive OakScotts Valley.

Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living
Check out the cool various programs within the Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living. There's lots of ways to get involved with them.

UCSC Bike Cooperative
Stop by the UCSC Bike Coop to service your bike, gain more bike knowledge and meet new people. They are a fun place dedicated to promoting a sustainable mode of transportation.

Sustainability Minor
If you are interested in working in the sustainability field, pursuing green entrepreneurship, and becoming an agent of change to protect the environment, consider declaring the Sustainability Minor.

Sustainability Classes for Fall 2017
ANTH 110: Cultures of Sustainability and Social Justice (5 units)
With Professor David Shaw, ANTH 110 brings together diverse forms of cultural knowledge and complexities of everyday life to illuminate longstanding concerns of sustainability and justice. Investigates multiple theories of sustainable development as well as tools, techniques, and contexts for ecological integrity, economic security, empowerment, responsibility and social well-being characteristic of sustainable communities. Case studies are drawn from around the world highlighting the work of Right Livelihood Award Laureates in tandem with UC faculty.

EE 80S: Sustainability Engineering and Practice (5 units)
EE 80S offers a topical introduction to principles and practices of sustainability engineering and ecological design with emphasis on implementation in society. It also provides an understanding of basic scientific, engineering, and social principles in the design, deployment, and operation of resource-based human systems, and how they can be maintained for this and future generations. No specialized background in engineering, science, or social sciences is assumed.

CRSN 56-1: Media Internships for Sustainability (5 units)
In the CRSN 56 internship with Professor Ronny Lipschutz, students develop and work on media projects related to the college theme of "Environment and Society" in film, on television, in print, and on the Internet. Students work in groups with specific instructors and project leaders. Enrollment by application and instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.

ENVS 80B-01: The Ecological Forecast of Global Warming (5 units)
If you aren't an Environmental Studies Major but are interested in our changing climate, you might be interested in ENVS 80B taught by Professor Loik Boycoff. It covers a broad overview of the impacts of human activities on the global climate system. Topics include how climate affects the distribution of ecosystems, the influence of global climate change on biodiversity, ecosystem function, and consequences for the human enterprise.

October 2017: Contests and Funding

Association of California Water Agencies Awards
The ACWA awards two scholarships each year to students in a water-resources related field of study. Awards are based on a combination of scholastic achievement and a commitment on the part of the applicants to their chosen fields, best demonstrated by pursuing a degree related to or identified with engineering, agriculture or urban water supply, environmental studies and public administration associated with resources management.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship 
The Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship is for a upper division or graduate student who shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature and an understanding of the need to practice conservation. Students pursuing degrees in environmental protection, forestry, wildlife and fisheries, biology, parks and recreation, park management, environmental law and public policy, environmental art, and California history are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program 
The Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program is for both part-time and full-time students majoring in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Forestry, Agronomy, Conservation, Plant Pathology, Environmental Concerns and/or other related subjects.
Deadline: April 11, 2018
Find more information by clicking here.

WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
The Leadership Legacy Scholarship provides a $3,500 award to a young woman pursuing a graduate degree in transportation or a related field and that demonstrates leadership skills and an active commitment to community service.  It includes candidates who have a specific interest in addressing the impact of transportation on sustainability, land use, environmental impact, security and quality of life issues affecting communities around the globe. 
Deadline: October 21, 2017
Find more information by clicking here.

Big Ideas, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious social impact contests is accepting pre-proposal for this years competition. Pre-proposals are due by November 15, 2017.
Find more information by clicking here.

October 2017: Zero Waste Green Tip

  • Circulate the air. Wherever possible, crack windows open every now and then. If you install new carpeting or cabinets at home or in the office, open windows and turn on fans until the smells dissipate. Make sure that copying machines and other equipment are located in rooms that are properly ventilated.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 2017: SunShares - Discount on Solar and Electric cars!


Getting Started for Home Owners
An evaluation committee, consisting of volunteers from SunShares Outreach Partner organizations, has pre-selected three solar providers to serve as vendors for the 2017 Bay Area SunShares program, following a competitive RFP process.
To get started, participants can sign up to receive a no-obligation quote for their home. You can learn more about your clean energy options at over 20 free workshops being held across the Bay Area. Check the SunShares website for details on scheduled educational workshops. SunShares will also be hosting six webinars this year, which will be the same exact format as the in-person workshops, including live Q&A with the selected providers. Education Webinars have been scheduled at Noon for: Aug 16, Aug 29, Sept 14, Sept 26, Oct 12, and Oct 17.
The selected solar installers for the 2017 Bay Area SunShares program are:
  • PetersenDean (a SunShares Provider in 2016): PetersenDean (PD) started as a roofing company in 1984 and branched into the solar industry in 1992. PD is a world-class roofing and solar company that is committed to operating in a profitable and ethical manner. PetersenDean is known for its dedication to be an all American made company.
  • Solar Technologies: SunPower by Solar Technologies provides the most advanced commercially available PV solar technology in terms of efficiency,  performance,  reliability and warranty coverage with their E‐Series and X‐Series modules.
  • SkyTech Solar (a SunShares Provider in 2016): Starting as a small San Francisco-based solar installer in 2008, Skytech Solar’s aim has always been to provide a safe consultation for those interested and also to provide great value for quality solar and an excellent installation backed by ongoing support. Initially, we had solely focused on San Francisco residents who were taking advantage of the GoSolarSF city-based rebate program and we were able to install hundreds of solar systems to those in the city who qualified, at no cost to them.
Participants have until November 10th to sign up for limited-time discounts and can sign a contract with one of the selected providers by December 31st to qualify for the group discount available through Bay Area SunShares. Installations will be completed the following Spring.
ZEV Discounts
UCSF is not participating in SunShares ZEV program because discounts offered to the UCSF community are a better deal. UCSF faculty, staff, and students considering the purchase of a new electric vehicle can take advantage of a special promotion being offered by Nissan. From now through September 30, 2017, Nissan’s special promotion, provides $10,000 off the MSRP ($30,680) of a new 2017 Nissan LEAF. This is in addition to the $7,500 federal and $2,500 state tax credits.
To obtain this special pricing be sure to bring your UCSF Staff or Student ID card and a copy of the official flyer with you to any dealership in the Bay Area region. Please contact your local Nissan dealer or Steven.Schneider@nissan-usa.com if you have questions.
Clean Energy Options for Renters
Obviously, renters are not going to install solar panels, but the Bay Area offers renters (and homeowners not ready to install solar) several clean energy options. There are several options available in the Bay Area for tapping into renewable energy without installing solar panels.
For San Francisco residents, CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregation program, offers cost-effective, cleaner energy alternatives for your home. Enrolling in CleanPowerSF’s 100% renewable SuperGreen energy is the number one action San Francisco residents can take to help the City reach its climate action goals.