In This Issue
Further Reading & Resources
Internships & Opportunities
UCSC Organizations
UCSC News & Achievements
UC System-Wide & Community News
Sustainability isn't about using only what we need, it is recognizing that what we have surpasses what we want.
Sustainability Office News:

Sustainability Office is Hiring Students!

The Sustainability Office is looking for motivated students to join our team in the coming months. Check out the Internships & Opportunities section for more information.
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Further Reading & Resources

Recommended Reading List: "Books That Matter"

The University of Vermont Eco-Reps: Further Reading List

Clean Air-Cool Planet Climate Fellowship: Summer 2010

Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice: An EPA Video Competition to Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

Grant Opportunity: FY 2010 National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowship Program
UCSC Greening the Campus
Volume 2, Issue 3 January 2010

Tide pools at Natural Bridges offer a glimpse into the mysteries of the oean.

Welcome back to sunny Santa Cruz from a relaxing winter vacation. The sustainability community at UCSC is jumping headfirst into a new decade with strong goals, strong plans, and strong connections between students, staff, faculty, and administrators. We welcome you into this exciting time and invite you to join us. Check out the Events section for fun classes in January, and the Internship & Opportunities section is filled with ways for students to get involved. Happy 2010, and may this year be greener than the last!

Sustainable & Green Technology Employer Panel
Wed., January 20, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Earth & Marine Sciences, Room A340
Come listen to employers speak about career opportunities in sustainable and green technologies. There will be time to ask questions and network. Companies attending include: Arenson Solar, Driscoll's, Ecology Design Lab, and Global Exchange.

Bike Street Skills Presentation
Thurs., January 21, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
OPERS Conference Room, East Field House
Learn the rules of the road and the safest routes around Santa Cruz. Free bike lights for all participants! Presented by Tim Bustos of Ecology Action, a longtime bicycling advocate and bike commuter.

Hydroponics & Farm to Community at Cabrillo
Sat., January 23, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Localized food systems will be the motif of the day! We will begin with a trip to California's oldest farmers' market near Cabrillo College. The second half of the trip will be spent at Cabrillo College's aqua/hydroponics facility learning about the potentials of indoor vertical farming for space impacted areas. Prepare for an information packed day! This class is part of the Food Systems Learning Journeys, sponsored by the Food Systems Working Group and the Campus Sustainability Council. Cost is $5, registeronline and see other class offerings here.

Non-Profit, Social Services & Sustainability Career Fair
Tues., January 26, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Merrill College Cultural Center
Come meet with employers in the non-profit, social services and sustainability sectors. A current student ID is required to enter the event. Students, bring your resumes and dress professionally! For more information and a list of organizations attending, visit the Career Center's website here.

strengthening the roots

Strengthening the Roots: Food & Justice Convergence
Fri., February 12 - Sun., February 14

Join students and young leaders for the largest regional gathering in California exclusively dedicated to working on sustainable food, fair trade, and food justice! The weekend will bring 200 students and allies together for workshops, panel discussions, and leadership trainings. The convergence will empower high school and college students to actively engage in their local communities and institutions by providing them with leadership skills, successful models and case studies, and a broader network of activists and allies. Strengthening the Roots is organized by the California Student Sustainability Coalition/West Coast Real Food Challenge and regional partners. Register for the weekend here! If you have any questions, email

Internships & Opportunities

Campus Sustainability Office Assistant: Work-Study Position Available
The UCSC Campus Sustainability Office is looking for a motivated work-study student with experience in sustainability at UCSC to join the staff. Under the general direction of the Campus Sustainability Manager and Sustainability Plan Project Liaison, the Assistant will provide support in a wide variety of areas related to coordination of campus sustainability efforts, especially UCSC's Strategic Plan for Sustainability. Apply at the UCSC Employee Request System here. (ER #5531)

Green Purchasing Working Group Student Involvement
Interested in influencing what UCSC buys and taking our purchasing practices in a more sustainable direction? The Green Purchasing Working Group (GPWeG), which takes direction from the Committee for Sustainability and Stewardship (CSS), is looking for regular student participation.  Winter 2010 quarter, we are scheduled to meet every other Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. beginning January 6, 2010, at UCSC's 2300 Delaware building.  Contact Kate Cunningham ( or 831-459-2882) for more details.

Contribute to Gaia Magazine
Gaia Magazine is a comprehensive guide to sustainability efforts at UCSC, produced by the Environmental Media Project (EMP). Can you imagine a world where environmentalists are rockstars? EMP can--and we want to show you what that looks like in this year's publication of Gaia. We challenge you to make sustainability sexy, preservation popular and conservation contagious. We are looking for students to join our team as contributors, photographers, designers, and editors. Learn more by downloading the contributors packet here or emailing .

CUIP Sustainability Internships
The Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP) is a unique way to be involved at UCSC. Learn about leadership and institution building from key administrators including the Chancellor. Earn your registration fees for a year. Serve in a professional level internship benefiting the University community. The Sustainability Office, Student Environmental Center, College 8/ESLP, and UCSC Dining all have sustainability internships for the 2010-2011 academic year. Find out more by starting the CUIP Online Orientation here.

Santa Cruz County 2010 Master Composter Training Program
The County of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications for the 2010 Master Composter Training Program. Master Composter training provides hands-on experience managing compost piles and worm bins and exposes participants to Santa Cruz County recycling, composting, and landfill facilities. In exchange for the training, Master Composters volunteer to teach others about composting and recycling at community events. The training includes five weekday evening classes and four Saturday field trips. February 3-March 24, 2010. Application deadline is February 2, 2010. To request a class agenda and application, call the Rotline at 423-HEAP or apply online here.
UCSC Organizations

Student Environmental Center (SEC)
every Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, College 8 Red Room
Come to the Student Environmental Center every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 PM in the College 8 Red Room. It is a great place to get involved and meet new people. Currently, we have activism campaigns focused on transportation, organic solutions, green building, wind turbines, and waste prevention. We have internships and paid positions available! If you are interested in the environment, please come join us and get involved!

Environmental Media Project (EMP)
The goal of the Environmental Media Project, formed in 2008, is to publish a comprehensive guide to and testament of sustainability related efforts on or linked to the Santa Cruz campus, student, staff, faculty and administrative body. Through our efforts, we foster awareness, promote coverage of projects, and encourage and organize action. Our first publication, Gaia Magazine, was released in Spring 2009. Get involved in this year's publication of Gaia as a contributor, designer, or editor. Email for more information.
UCSC News & Achievements

UCSC Dining Compost Updates
Dining installed solar powered trash compactors at all 4 dining hall sites during 2008 in an effort to reduce the cubic yards being delivered to local landfills. With the Slug Compost program in high gear, the need for increasing the compost collection capacity became a challenge. What to do? Convert the compactors from trash to food scrap collection! During Fall Quarter '09, two dining halls, Crown/Merrill & Cowell/Stevenson, went through a successful conversion and dining has seen a significant increase in food scrap collection. Soon to be converted will be College 8/Oakes & Colleges Nine/Ten Dining Halls. Spring 2010 will see the opening of the newly renovated Porter/Kresge location which will go on line as well. Greener programs at the colleges and residential communities have begun to contribute to the collection bins with offices providing compostable food serve ware and bio bags for food scrap collections. With Zero Waste mandates affecting the UCSC campus, this will contribute towards helping us reach our goals. The campus is currently hauling food scraps to Watsonville for conversion to compost.

New UCSC Guide to Recycling & Disposal
Environmental Health and Safety has produced a "green guide" to help you manage unwanted stuff. The UCSC Recycling and Disposal Guide provides instruction on how to recycle unwanted items, from ink cartridges to regulated lamps and from bicycles to paint. It even provides information on ways to recycle your non-campus items in the community.

UCSC #4 Most Vegetarian Friendly College
PETA has posted their annual list of Most Vegetarian Friendly Colleges and UCSC garnered the # 4 spot! With the school's legendary dedication to sustainability and progressive politics, not to mention an active student group called Banana Slugs for Animals, it should come as no surprise that UC Santa Cruz is a consistent top pick for students seeking delicious meatless meals. Read more here.

Update from University Housing and Facilities
   UHS Facilities, Central Zone (Porter, Kresge and College 9 and 10) is looking for at least two students to work. Apply to ER#4060.
   The Energy Audits for Family Student Housing are continuing into Winter Quarter. Green Campus and UHS Facilities are teaming up to provide an evaluation of the residents' energy and water usage as well as tips a few products to help them lower their utility costs.

   CUIP interns with the University's Good Neighbor initiative are partnering with UHS Facilities staff to provide actual water usage data in "mock energy bills" to residents in a number of Apartments on campus. More information to come.
   It is never too early to think about move out.  The University will be partnering again this year with Goodwill, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Homeless Shelter to reach toward a zero waste move out.  Want to be a part of the effort?  Contact UHS Facilities at 459-2663.

Procurement Trash Tracking
Folks in the Procurement Department, in charge of what UCSC purchases, put themselves through a six month trash tracking exercise last year.  The department tracked what was thrown out and encourage behavior changes among employees. At the end, they had processed 646.7 pounds of waste, of which 71% was diverted as recycled paper, cardboard, and containers. The most interesting part of this exercise is the behavior changes adopted by some Procurement personnel. Some switched to saving and storing documents electronically instead of printing hard copies to store in files. Others brought their own lunch dishes and flatware during department food events instead of grabbing the proffered plastic fork and paper plate.  Still others brought in a hand towel from home to avoid using paper towels. Several haul food waste home for the compost pile. If you are interested in knowing more about this trash tracking event and the changes it inspired in Procurement, please contact Kate Cunningham at .

UC System-Wide and Community

City of Santa Cruz reports on greenhouse gas reductions to support Copenhagen Conference
The community of Santa Cruz has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 8% below 1996 levels with residential homes leading the way with a 29% reduction.  The City of Santa Cruz Climate Action Program is currently drafting a Climate Action Plan that will guide the community toward the adopted reduction goal of 30% by 2020, compared to 1996 levels. Now, in time for United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the Santa Cruz City Climate Action Program is releasing its 2008 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory as an example of local success. Read more here.

UCSC research finds global warming amplified by slow changes
Researchers studying a period of high carbon dioxide levels and warm climate several million years ago have concluded that slow changes such as melting ice sheets amplified the initial warming caused by greenhouse gases. Coauthor Christina Ravelo, professor of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said the study indicates that the sensitivity of Earth's temperature to increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is greater than has been expected on the basis of climate models that only include rapid responses. Read more 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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