Friday, December 29, 2017

January 2018: Classes, Trainings, and Community

Basic Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Learn the goals and techniques of pruning fruit trees in this lecture and demonstration workshop. Get hands-on pointers on how to prune your fruit trees to maximize health and production. This class will be held at the UCSC Farm on January 13th at 9:30am. For more information click here.

Free Bike Maintenance at OPERS
The TAPS Bicycle Program co-sponsors a weekly bicycle maintenance clinic with OPERS to assist UC affiliates with keeping their bikes in safe operating condition. Drop-in bicycle maintenance is offered on Thursdays at the Recreation Office Porch located at the East Field House, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information click here.

Friends of Community Agroecology Network Meeting (FoCAN)

FoCAN is a student-initiated, student-led community that promotes sustainable, community-based development, solidarity economies, and interdisciplinary conversations amongst students at the University of California, Santa Cruz. FoCAN's leadership team meets every Wednesday at 5pm above Global Village Cafe in McHenry library; these meetings are open to students interested in interning and/or getting involved. These meetings, called Cultivating a Daily Revolution, create spaces that foster dialogue and experiential learning about the global food system and sustainability. For more information click here.

Fruit Tree Q&A Session
Come join Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers, and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Gardens for a free talk and Q&A session on fruit trees. This event takes place on January 20th at the San Lorenzo Garden Center in Santa Cruz. For more information on this event click here.

Santa Cruz Warf Eco-Tours
Enjoy a self-guided tour with the Santa Cruz Eco-Tour Green Spot App or a guided tour offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM for thirty minutes each. Learn about marine research, sea lions, red tides, sustainable energy, and view wildlife from a 1/2 mile out to sea without leaving shore. For more information click here.

Sun-Work Rooftop Solar Energy Training: January 13th
A free three-hour training session about rooftop solar energy will be offered on Saturday, January 13th at 12:30pm in Berkeley. This training is being sponsored by SunWork, a Bay-Area nonprofit that installs rooftop PV systems on small-energy-footprint homes with the help of volunteers. Register for the training here.

UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Summer Program: California Ecology, and Conservation
The UC Natural Reserve System is now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Field Studies Program: California Ecology and Conservation. Students from across the UC system have gained strong independent scientific research skills while immersed in the training grounds of the UC natural reserves of Big Sur, the Mojave Desert, coastal redwoods, California grasslands, and among the high altitude bristlecone pines. Check out this video and the article Non-stop Nature to get a glimpse of what students are calling the most rewarding experience of their undergraduate careers. Applications are due February 5th, 2018.

Women/Trans Bike Church Workshop
Bicycle maintenance has traditionally been an overwhelmingly male-dominated area. This workshop provides a safer space for women and trans-identified folks to work on their bikes and learn new skills. Workshops are facilitated by female and non-binary mechanics and occur every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 12-3pm. For more information click here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

January 2018: Internships, Employment and Volunteering

Biological Science Technician
This position is part of the Uvalde National Fish Hatchery. As a Biological Science Technician you will be responsible for planning and carry out daily aquatic animal husbandry duties such as, but not limited to, specimen collection, aquatic holding system design, construction, and maintenance, feeding, breeding, and rearing aquatic species, implementation of standard biosecurity and health practices including disease treatment if needed. For more information, visit this website.

Fish & Wildlife Scientific Aid
Aid in monitoring the success of habitat management activities on California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) managed wildlife areas and lands enrolled in private land incentive programs by quantifying the ecological benefits of various management activities. For more information, visit this website.

Coordinator - Sustainability Certification
The primary responsibilities of the Coordinator include managing audit projects and administrative tasks related to communications, expense reports, invoices, audit scheduling, trip planning, report review and application processing. The Coordinator is also responsible for documentation of all the aforementioned activities on an ongoing basis in SCS’ database. For more information, visit this website.

Park Rangers - Kings Canyon, Sequioa National Park
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we continue our second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. For more information, visit this website.

Air Pollution Specialist
The selected candidate will apply scientific principles to the development of base and future year emissions inventories and develop emission inventory summarization and quality assurance tools. Specific tasks may include the design of database queries to extract relevant information from the emission databases; design of database quality assurance routines; development and automation of reports summarizing emission estimates including future emission trends; and working with staff to prepare detailed documentation of methodologies for estimating emissions for various sources; and development of area source methodologies. For more information, visit this website.

December 2017 Sustainability Profile: Kevin Bell


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 Kevin Bell, a Professor at the University Of California Santa Cruz. He has done research in urbanizing watershed management, outcomes of the Pacific Northwest Power Planning Act of 1980, and the Sustainable Water Resource Policy. He has worked in various locations in which he was Principal, Convergence Research 1992-current. Policy Director, Northwest Energy Coalition, 1990-1992. Field Hydrologist, King County Surface Water Utility, 1989-1990. During the interview, we asked how Professor Bell promotes sustainability.

What does sustainability mean to you?
"Sustainability means to give everyone, 10 Billion people, a life where they have enough food, shelter, healthcare, safety, and clean water. Even though we are experiencing planet crisis, we have to go through the inevitable social classes; to have people give the earth a chance to recover in order to have the modern life we desire."
What sustainable practice do you live by in your daily life?
 "I live in a tiny house where I try to grow my own food and do extreme recycling, like in Seattle where the recycling is much better than it is here. I buy products that will last and keep my carbon footprint as small as possible. I practice this because it is more of a religious ritual because it doesn't change many things unless everyone were to do it. I do things personally because I believe in it but I also know it won't make a difference unless we do something about it."
How did sustainability become your passion?
"I was in college in Washington, where I am from. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the Pacific Northwest was in the middle of the most ambitious nuclear power construction program ever. I was taking a class in energy engineering. Two things were happening: the first thing the research on how passive and active solar energy could go to a point where we could design a system that would work to build a system to make it from basic materials. The Pacific Northwest did not have enough money to build this idea. It costs more money at the end of the year than it did when we started to build the system. I was  part of a group of 1000 plus people to create a product that produces less damage and uses sustainable energy. All of this got me into doing research and I have been doing this ever since... . The second thing was when I was working on a hydroelectric project and made various surveys in Washington, which led me to work for many agencies in the future."
What does your program do?
" IDEASS is a program which was created to give students the skills and opportunities to  solve problems they haven't seen before  and have them think of new ways and various solutions to their objective. To have them obtain critical skills in their research. To show students how to grow food on their own with minimal amount of work and cost. To have students understand that grades are not worth much if you haven't learn any skills for your future"
 A lot of people involved in sustainability have brought up the question of how to have challenging conversations with friends, family members, and roommates that may not be as aware or interested in sustainability. How do you deal with those challenging conversations?
" Usually, I begin by telling them to think of their life in 50 years. What I have noticed is more people think its technology that will discover the answer to a sustainable life. One of my pet peeve is people believe technology will save us from our own destruction. It won't happen because physical actions will do more than us hoping technology will help us all. A lot of big corporations believe this is the solution."
What is your long-term vision for sustainability at UCSC?
 " Get serious, talk less and do more!"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December 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.

Monday, November 27, 2017

December 2017: Classes, Training, and Community

New CNI- Climate Action Course Coming to UCSC in 2018
Keep an eye out for the new multicampus course coming soon to UCSC. The course, "Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions", seeks to attract students from all different disciplines to identify and explore solution-focused climate action projects. This course will be offered at three other UC's starting winter quarter and will be offered at UCSC later in 2018.

Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course: January 1st Early Bird Deadline
Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous people, and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and institutions. This course includes the internationally recognized 72-hour curriculum, augmented by an additional 38 hours of hands-on practice and field trips. Plus, folks have the option to camp on site each weekend and build community by the fire! The early bird deadline if January 1st. Payment plants, low-income, and youth POC discounts are offered. For more information visit their website here.

School for Field Studies Environmentally Focused Study Abroad Opportunities
The School for Field Studies (SFS) creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Their educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where they live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship. Learn more about UCSC opportunities through this program or visit their website here.


Sun-Work Rooftop Solar Energy Training: December 9th & 16th
A free three-hour training session about rooftop solar energy will be offered on Saturday, December 9th at 9am in Cupertino and Saturday, December 16th at 1pm in Walnut Creek. These trainings are being sponsored by SunWork, a Bay-Area nonprofit that installs rooftop PV systems on small-energy-footprint homes with the help of volunteers. Register for the training here.

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.

UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Summer Program: California Ecology, and Conservation
The UC Natural Reserve System is now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Field Studies Program: California Ecology and Conservation. Students from across the UC system have gained strong independent scientific research skills while immersed in the training grounds of the UC natural reserves of Big Sur, the Mojave Desert, coastal redwoods, California grasslands, and among the high altitude bristlecone pines. Check out this video and the article Non-stop Nature to get a glimpse of what students are calling the most rewarding experience of their undergraduate careers. Applications are due February 5th, 2018.

UCSC Sustainability Classes for Winter 2017
CRSN 56: Media Internship for Sustainability (2 units)
If you are interested in using media platforms to tackle sustainability issues you should consider enrolling in CRSN 56 this winter. Students will work in groups to develop media projects related to Carson Colleges's theme of "Environment and Society". Enrollment is by application and instructor consent only.
CRSN 151A: Sustainability Praxis in the Built Environment (5 units)
This class is perfect for students wishing to develop tools and practices for conducting research in sustainability and performing research analysis.
ENVS 130B: Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
If you are interested in applying sustainability through understanding the complex set of interactions between ecological, social, and economic components of an agroecosystem, this class is for you. It will examine case studies drawing from current issues in U.S. agriculture and provide a basis for formulating sustainable policy.
ENVS 143: Sustainable Development: Economy, Policy, and Environment
This class examines how to solve global poverty without causing damage to the planet. It will analyze interactions among population, economic growth, poverty, global consumption ethos, property rights systems, global economy, state capacity, and environmental damage.

December 2017: Zero Waste Green Tip


The holidays draw out the best in most of us each year, but they also bring tons of extra garbage, millions of chopped-down trees, and megawatts of flashing lights. With a little tweaking, however, everything from holiday gift-giving to light-stringing can celebrate the environment, too. Here's how:
  • Between Thanksgiving and New Year's day, Americans throw away a million extra tons [900,000 metric tons] of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging. So why not recycle holiday gift wrap? If every family reused just 2 feet [0.6 meter] of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles [61,000 kilometers] of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.
  • Recycling fresh trees after Christmas can make a huge difference in reducing holiday waste. Instead of taking up space in the landfill, trees can be ground into wood chips, which can be used to mulch gardens or parks or to prevent erosion at a local watershed.
  • The newest energy-saving stars on the holiday scene are Christmas lights made with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. First introduced in 2001, LEDs incorporate the same computer-chip technology used to light calculators and watches. The lights, which use semiconducting material rather than incandescent filaments, are 90 percent more efficient than traditional Christmas lights. According to one U.S. Department of Energy study, if everyone replaced their conventional holiday light strings with LEDs, at least two billion kilowatt-hours of electricity could be saved in a month. The savings would be enough to power 200,000 homes for a year, according to Littleton, Colorado-based Holiday Creations, which makes and distributes a popular line of LED light strings.

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!