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:

Web Resources:

Further Reading & Resources

Recommended Reading List: "Books That Matter

Win $2500 with EPA "Our Planet, Our Stuff" Recycling Video Contest

Job Opportunity! Outreach & Admin Coordinator at UCAR/NCAR in Boulder, CO

Funding Opportunities Available from EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR)
UCSC Greening the Campus
Volume 2, Issue 4 February 2010

The sun breaks through an incoming storm at Wilder Ranch State Park

Rachel Carson once said, "A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods." This sentiment is one shared by many of us in Santa Cruz, and what better forest to explore than the majestic redwoods of UC Santa Cruz? Before you get lost in the trees, check out these sustainability opportunities on campus and off. Plants may take a break during winter, but humans certainly don't! Join us for internships, workshops, and more this winter.
Upcoming UCSC Events

strengthening the roots

Go Live! Real Food Free Concert
Saturday, February 13, 7 - 9:30 PM
College 9/10 Multi-Purpose Room
Join the Student Environmental Center, Food Systems Working Group, and Education for Sustainable Living Program for the Go Live: Real Food! Free Concert. It will be a night of singing, dancing, and connecting over the issues that matter most in our lives--creating a just and equitable world in which all people have access to real, healthy food. This concert will feature the musical talents of three "artivists" (activist artists), including Jennifer Johns, who has opened for Lauryn Hill, Blackalicious, and KRS-1. The concert is free and we will be collecting donations for Haiti. We can't wait to enjoy this night with you!

Student Gardens Market Cart
Friday, February 26th, 12pm - 2pm
Quarry Plaza

Stop by Quarry Plaza and pick up your own supply of organic, homegrown produce brought to you by your friendly UCSC student gardens! Eat delicious, sustainable food and learn more about the many student garden communities on campus. All items available on a donation basis. Contact Kate Schaffner for more information:

Volunteer with Site Stewardship: Natural Restoration Work on Campus
Saturday, February 27, 9:30 AM - 3 PM
Cooperage House (Lower Campus, across from Main Entrance Parking Kiosk)

Come help the Site Stewardship Program and the Historical District restore the historical Cooperage and Lime Kilns located on the UCSC lower campus! Work will consist of restoring the historic lime production area by clearing invasive species and other vegetation. Learn about historic lime production while working in the great outdoors! Bring Water and lunch if needed (snacks, water and gloves will be provided), layered clothing, warm jacket, boots or sturdy shoes (No open-toed shoes please), hat & sunscreen.  Only hard rain cancels & come prepared to get dirty! Volunteers will meet in the parking lot below the Cooperage located off Coolidge Drive directly above the Cook house and across the street from the Information Kiosk (as seen on the map below).Please RSVP and/orsend questions to Site Stewardship Intern John Thorburn:  See you there!

Farm and Garden Tour of San Francisco
Saturday, February 27, 9 AM - 2 PM

With more than half the world's population now residing in cities growing food close to home has become more relevant than ever.  Join Food Systems Working Group and OPERS in a tour of San Francisco's gardens, including a farm right next to the freeway!  Meet with local experts and passionate activists working for a truly localized food system - in their own backyards! Cost is $5. This event is waitlist only but you can join the list at the OPERS site here.
Internships & Opportunities

Contribute to Gaia, the only Environmental Magazine at UCSC!
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 .Submit original photography and articles on any environmental theme by March 1! We are also 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: Cause Institutional Change at UCSC
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 $8200 towards registration fees for a year. Serve in a professional level internship benefiting the University community. The Sustainability Office, Student Environmental Center, College 8/ESLP, Site Stewardship Program, and UCSC Dining all have sustainability internships for the 2010-2011 academic year. Find out more by starting the CUIP Online Orientation here.

Conserve Energy on Campus: Intern with Green Campus Program!
The Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus is a student-led outreach program designed to educate the campus community about the importance of energy efficiency and water conservation. The UCSC Chapter is looking to hire a new campaign coordinator and for credit interns this Spring! If you are interested of want to know more contact Ben Oberhand at or visit their website at UCSC Green Campus.

Money for On-Campus Sustainability Projects through the Campus Sustainability Council!
Want to start a campus garden, increase bike use, or cut down on waste on campus, but don't know where to get the funds? The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC), a committee of the Student Union Assembly (SUA), can help! CSC collects money from student fees and uses it to award grants to student-run sustainability projects on campus. Grant applications are due February 18th. Find the application on the CSC website here and email with more questions.

Photography and Design Internship: Work with High School Teens on Gardening
"Food, What!?", a program of Life Lab, partners with local teens to grow, cook, eat, and distribute healthy, sustainably raised produce. Food is used as a tool, through sustainable agriculture and health, for encouraging leadership development and personal transformation.  A 2 unit internship opportunity is avaliable for upperclassmen interested in farm-based education, organic farming and gardening, and youth empowerment practices.  The internship is a documentation programs where the intern would be taking photos and updating Picasso program weekly, along with design of pamphlets, videography and websites. If interested, visit Food What?'s page here for more information. Contact Abby Bell,, stating why you are interested in this internship. You will be contacted after February 19th.

K-12 Science and Math Summer Internships with CalTeach

Cal Teach will be offering paid internships in summer 2010 and 2011for first and second year students majoring in math, science, engineering,or ENVS with sufficient coursework in science or math. Both UCSC and community college students are eligible. Get real experience with local K-12 educational summer programs such as the Summer Math Academy, COSMOS, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Receive $450 weekly for the 6-week program. Learn more at the CalTeach website here.
Sustainable Student 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 (down the stairs from the dining hall). It is a great place to get involved and meet new people. Currently, we have activism campaigns focused on transportation, organic solutions, climate action and waste prevention. We have internships and paid positions available! If you are interested in the environment, please come join us and get involved!

Friends of Community Agroecology Network (FoCAN)
every Tuesday, 6 - 8 PM, The Village (Lower Quarry) A3

CAN is a non-profit organization, international network and student group that seeks to promote sustainable livelihoods and environments through action education, participatory research and trade innovations.  UCSC students may know us from the Fair Trade Direct Nicaraguan and Costa Rican coffee served in UCSC Dining Halls and Perk Stations.  We also sell coffee to consumers at the downtown Farmers' Market and by ordering through the mail.  As part of our Action Education program, we  recently held our second annual 10 day event known as El Intercambio, where internship coordinators from our partner communities in Central America and Mexico came up to visit and connect with the consumers and student body.  The event was a huge success and we look forward to seeing all our coordinators back again next year.  For more information about our program visit or become a fan on our Facebook page.  We have plenty of ways anyone can get involved, as well as internship opportunities in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica and on campus
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 to increase 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 have up-to-date composting equipment.
      Greener programs at the colleges and residential communities have begun to contribute to individual compost collection bins, with offices providing compostable food serve-ware and bio bags for food scrap collections in residential halls. 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.

Students chow down on veggies at "Meatless Tuesday."

UCSC Dining Hall Achievements and Recent Events

* All coffee brewed at UC Santa Cruz Dining locations is now 100% Organic! New local roaster Peerless Coffee & Tea was awarded a 3 year contract. Taste the freshness that locally roasted coffee makes!

* Dining now
accepting applications for a student dining sustainability coordinator through the CUIP program.Come work with the campus team who is passionate about healthy food and protecting our environment!

* Dining recently hosted a Meatless Dining Day at Crown/Merrill to raise awareness about  meat production and the impact it has on our environment. Students dined on a variety of delicious selections featuring  meat alternatives, organic vegetables and  vegan/vegetarian options. Students were given the chance to sign a pledge to go Meatless one day a week. Thanks to Student Environmental Center's Students for Organic Solutions campaign, Banana Slugs for Animals, and the Food Service Working Group for their support!

UC System-Wide and Community

Reduce Your Footprint in 2010: A FREE Berkeley Community Workshop
Thursday, February 25, 7 PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St (at Bonita), Berkeley. Free!

Are you part of a nonprofit organization, congregation, neighborhood association, workplace, PTA or other community group? Are you a concerned citizen? Come discover resources right here in Berkeley to help you reduce your personal and collective carbon footprint. The City of Berkeley, the Berkeley Energy Commission, the Ecology Center, and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists invite you to a fun and informative workshop to help you and your community group reduce global warming emissions. For more information, contact 510-548-2220x240, or

Thanks for reading the UCSC Greening the Campus Newsletter!

We welcome your feedback on how to make this newsletter a valuable resource for the campus community.

And, if you'd like us to add any of your announcements, events, achievements, or other sustainability related news, please contact us ASAP so we can get it in the next edition.

The Campus Sustainability Office Team

Aurora Winslade
Sustainability Coodinator

Gabi Kirk
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

John Barnes
Director of Campus Planning, Physical Planning & Construction

Christopher Kuntzsch
Sustainability Project Plan Liaison

Amelia Gulling
Sustainability Project Plan Liaison

Gretchen Engbring
Sustainability Office Student Project Coordinator

Chelsea McDaniel
Chancellor's Undergraduate Intern for the Sustainability Office

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

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