In This Issue
Internships & Opportunities
UCSC Organizations
UCSC News & Achievements
UC System-Wide News
sustainable (adj.):
Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment.

Sustainability Office News:

Milestone reached in the Campus Sustainability Plan!

Congratulations to all working groups, staff, students, and other stakeholders for the hard work done in the Campus Sustainability Plan process. The first draft of the CSP is almost complete. Read the full article here.
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Web Resources:

Further Reading & Resources

AASHE Sustainability Forums

Community Agroecology Network (CAN) Fall 2009 Newsletter

UCSC Greening the Campus
Volume 2, Issue 2 November/December 2009
Rio del Mar
A November sunset at Rio Del Mar Beach in Aptos.

The leaves have almost all fallen (except from the redwoods), the banana slugs are emerging in the rain, and fall is deeply underway. The first half of Fall Quarter 2009 has seen many achievements in the sustainability movement at UCSC. This momentum will only continue and new and exciting things will grow on this campus. Keep reading to see what has been done so far, and stay involved in the coming year for more exciting opportunities!
CASFS/Kresge College Lecture Series
Tues. Nov. 16 & Tues. Dec. 1, 4-5:30 PM, Kresge Town Hall
Kresge College and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) partner to present the lecture series "Speaking of Food...Thoughts on Sustainable Food Systems". Come hear from experts about their research and work in food systems around the world. For the full lecture schedule, view the flier here.

National Science Foundation Workshop
Fri. Nov. 20, 7:15 AM-4:30 PM, College 9/10 Multipurpose Room
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a federally-sponsored institution which financially supports science research at universities across the country. Attend this workshop to learn more about the grant-writing process as well as upcoming grant opportunities. Find out more information here.

Ocean Friendly Gardens Workshop
Sat. Nov. 21, 10 AM-4 PM, New Garden Nursery & Landscaping
Love the ocean? Love to garden? Combine these two interests and learn how to make your garden more ocean-friendly by cutting down on harmful runoff and other methods. See the full flier here.

Agrifood Seminar
Tues. Dec. 8, 3:30-5 PM, Mural Room, 223 Oakes College Admin Bldg
Tracy Perkins, graduate student in Sociology, will discuss her project, "25 Stories of the Central Valley."

Internships & Opportunities

Teach a Class through Education for Sustainable Living Program
The Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) is a student-run, student-taught class in spring quarter with a lecture series on sustainability, as well as 2 and 5-credit sections on various issues in sustainability. We are looking for students passionate about sustainability on campus to teach our 5-credit Action Research Teams (ARTs) and 2-credit CRAFTS (Creatively Rethinking and Foundational Tools). Find out more information on the ESLP site here.

ESLP table
ESLP Organizers Annie and Mia at the CSSC Convergence

EPA 7th Annual P3 Awards Grant Opportunity
The U.S. EPA, as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. You could receive thousands of dollars for a sustainability project on campus! Submit project proposals by January 5, 2010. More information and the application can be found here.

Zimride Ridesharing Program
Looking for a ride home over Thanksgiving or Winter Break?  Want to save cash and reduce UCSC's carbon footprint?  Try Zimride, an exciting company partnering with TAPS to create a carpool community at UCSC.  Visit to start the search!  It's safe, fun, and will have you mobile and saving money in no time.

Sustainable Food Jobs Website
Interested in working in the growing field of sustainable food systems? The Sustainable Food Jobs Website is newly launched and has tons of part and full-time internship and job postings. Work on farms, for non-profits, and more! Check it out at

"Campus Chill Out" Climate Change Video Competition
Are you taking climate action on campus? Are you a hard-core grassroots organizer? If so, Chill Out is the competition for you! We are looking for campus projects that reduce global warming pollution, including projects in green jobs, students in action, innovative design and campus actions. Create a 2 minute video about your project and you could win grant money, prizes, and national publicity! Entries are due by December 31. Learn more here.

UCSC Organizations

Santa Cruz Energy & Resource Collaborative (SCERC) is a student led organization dedicated to educating and connecting the energy and resources community at UC Santa Cruz. Moreover, we create pathways for students to engage with partner institutions and businesses in Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and beyond. Learn more at

UCSC News & Achievements

cspCampus Sustainability Plan Draft Reaches Milestone
The Committee for Sustainability & Stewardship (CSS) Working Groups reached another milestone this month in their work on the Campus Sustainability Plan. The groups completed draft sections for Waste & Recycling, Procurement & Business Contracts, Transportation, Building & Facilities, and Food. Members of CSS adopted different topic sections and gave their input to improve the goals and metrics set out in each topic section. Now the draft will be taken for approval to the Advisory Committee for Campus Planning and Stewardship (ACCPS), which advises the chancellor and vice-chancellor on sustainability issues.

Westside College Night Nearly Zero-Waste
On October 6, Kresge, Porter, College 8, and Oakes College had a Barbeque College Night at College 8 Dining Hall. Close to 1100 participants ate delicious food from compostable plates and utensils. The entire event produced only one bag of non-compostable trash, with the rest either being recycled or composted. After the food, students won stainless steel forks in a raffle and then watched Wall-E, the Academy-Award winning animated film with a deep environmental message. Congratulations to College 8, UCSC Dining, and all students and staff who helped make this event a success.

CSSC Workshop
Participants in the "Institutionalizing Change" workshop, led by the Sustainability Office at CSSC, discuss problem-solving strategies.

UCSC Hosts State-Wide Student Sustainability Conference
Students from all over California descended upon UC Santa Cruz this past weekend in record numbers to meet and discuss environmental issues, and projects at our campuses. Read the full article, written by student organizer Devin Cormia, here.
UC System-Wide

UC Strengthens Sustainable Food & Building Policies
The University of California has expanded its sustainability policy, raising the bar on green building requirements and establishing one of the most comprehensive sustainable food service policies of any university in the country. To read more, check out the full article here.

UC Merced to Generate 20% of Electricity from Solar Energy
Helping California meet its renewable energy goal by 2020, the University of California Merced campus has unveiled the university's 1-megawatt (MW) solar power system. The system, consisting of 4,900 solar panels, will provide two-thirds of the campus' electricity on summer days and 20 percent of the campus' annual electricity needs. Read the full article here.
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The Campus Sustainability Office Team

Aurora Winslade
Sustainability Coodinator

Gabi Kirk
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

Gretchen Engbring
Sustainability Office Student Project Coordinator

Chelsea McDaniel
Chancellor's Undergraduate Intern for the Sustainability Office

Christopher Kuntzsch
Sustainability Working Group Coordinator

Jenny Helfrich
Chancellor's Undergraduate Intern for the Chancellor's Climate Action Plan

John Barnes
Director of Campus Planning, Physical Planning & Construction
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