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

Rewewable Energy for International Development Internship in Costa Rica
UCSC Greening the Campus
Volume 2, Issue 5 March 2010
In This Issue

Save the Date! Global Vibrations: Earth Week Celebration (April 19-23)

Comment at the UC Regents meeting on sustainable policies

Get Involved with UCSC Green Transportation

Food Systems Research Opportunities and Fun Competitions

Updates from Green Campus Program's energy saving projects

Students enjoy the sunshine and wildflowers at UCSC on March 4th. (Photo: Jasmin Avila)
Winter quarter is almost done. I would like to thank every student, staff, faculty and administrator who has worked hard to advance the goals of community and sustainability this university holds dear. Spring Quarter holds many more opportunities no matter your interest!

The ocean view from central campus is spectacular. (Photo: Laura Hartung)

Upcoming Events

Desalination Plant Public Forum
Thurs., March 18, 6:15 PM
Live Oak Elementary School

Desalination of ocean water is one proposed solution to Santa Cruz's water crisis, but it has its drawbacks. The public is invited to attend a community forum, co-sponsored by Ecology Action and numerous other community groups, on Thursday, March 18, at 6:15p.m., at Live Oak Elementary School, 1916 Capitola Rd in Santa Cruz. Attendees will learn about the desalination plant planned by the Santa Cruz Water Department and Soquel Creek Water District to serve Santa Cruz and Live Oak residents in dry years, and Soquel District customers in all other years. Attendees will be polled on their opinions regarding desalination options. For more information and a flier, click here.

ucregentsUC Regents Meeting Public Comment Period on Sustainability
Tuesday, March 23
UCSF - Mission Bay

On March 23rd the UC Regents are meeting to review their policy on Sustainable Practices. This policy is vital in our efforts to make UC campuses uphold sustainable practices in thier purchasing, housing, transportaion, construction, operations and investment practices.  it is vital that students attend this meeting and speak on behalf of strengthening this policy. If you are a UC student, alumni, or live in the San Francisco area we need YOU to come to this meeting. Please email if you are interested in attending.

Benefit Screening of "The Garden"
Thursday, March 25, 7 PM
Rio Theatre

From the ashes of the L.A. riots arose a lush, 14-acre
community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. Now bulldozers threaten its future. If everyone told you to give up, would you? This documentary captures the story of the South Central Garden in LA. The showing is a fundraiser for the California Food and Justice Coalition. A panel after the movie includes Rufina Juarez of the South Central Farmers, talking about the personal experience of the eviction of
the South Central Farmers and what they are doing now
Download the flier here.


globevibSAVE THE DATE! Global Vibrations Week, Earth Summit, Ode to the Globe
April 19-23


The 9th Annual Campus Earth Summit and Ode to the Globe Festival will be held on Friday, April 23rd from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the College 9/10 Multi-Purpose Room. This day will be the culmination of the weeklong (April 19th-23rd) "Global Vibrations: A Celebration of Culture, Community, and Environment". All week, participate in service projects, community forums, and creative crafts with an environmental twist. These events are a chance to celebrate the progress that UCSC has made, and continues to make, toward becoming a sustainable campus, and also to participate in the creation of a shared vision for the future.


2010 GMU Student Training for Environmental Protection

June 13-20

Washington, D.C.

The  2010 GMU Student Training for Environmental Protection is a week long environmental leadership program, from June 13-20, in beautiful Prince William Forest, just outside of Washington, D.C. The week that you spend in Prince William Forest has the potential to be one of the best weeks of your life; you'll meet awesome new people, eat delicious food, get to hang out in a beautiful setting, and best of all, you'll learn the skills that you'll need to be an awesome environmental organizer.To learn more and to apply, go to Don't delay, space is limited and applications are already coming in.

Internships & Opportunities

greentransGet Involved with UCSC Green Transportation
Sustainable Transportation Working Group is looking for interested members!  Be a part of the solution in helping the campus reduce greenhouse gases and other transportation-related impacts!  Students, staff and faculty are welcome to join. For more information, please contact Teresa Buika at 502-7941 or

Middle and High School Garden Internships with CAN

Have you ever wanted to work with youth and teach about food systems, social justice, and nutrition? This spring, the Community Agroecology Network (CAN) is pleased to offer a special environmental education program focusing on food systems awareness. This spring we are sponsoring 4 students to get involved with youth education in Santa Cruz county. You must be available Tuesdays from 10-12 and Thursdays from 9-2 pm for training days and site visits to Pajaro Valley middle and high schools. Program starts Thursday, April 1st

Please email Grace Voorheis, at with your application (find it here) by Friday, March 19th.

Food Systems Research with CASFS

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz, is seeking proposals for research and education projects that advance knowledge and understanding about sustainable food and agricultural systems. Research and education projects that span the range of disciplines are encouraged. Graduate students and upper-division undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) in all UC Santa Cruz departments are eligible to apply. Applicants must include a faculty supervisor as co-investigator. Primary project activities may begin as early as May 1, 2010 and must be completed by May 2, 2011.The proposal template and guidelines can be downloaded from the CASFS website: (see the Announcements section).The application deadline is Monday, April 5, 2010 by 5 pm. For more information, contact: Jonathon Landeck, Assistant Director, or call 831.459-4540.

Cooking Up Change - National Healthy Cooking Contest


What if you could control what food is served in your cafeteria?  What would you cook?  This competition challenges college students to make a tasty meal that features a locally grown item, wile using only ingredients commonly available for food service and meeting strict nutritional guidelines. Three teams of college students will be selected to receive an all-expenses paid trip to Taking Root, the National Farm to Cafeteria conference this May in Detroit, Michigan to compete in the finals. Submit recipes online by March 26, 2010.   For contest guidelines and information, visit


  Real Food Is - National Video Contest


What does real food mean to you? Make a short video that completes the phrase "Real Food is..." by March 29 for your chance to win. Get creative (song, dance, animation welcome!)--what's your vision?  The winners get $1,000 and an all expenses paid trip to the national Taking Root conference to show your video in front of a 600+ person crowd. More info is available at  Or, click here for contest rules.

More on "Taking Root: 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference" 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! For more information, look us up on Facebook!

gcpAlliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program

UCSC News & Achievements

coffeeUCSC Dining Serves Only Organic Coffee

Dining is pleased to have just signed a 3-year contract with Peerless Coffee and Tea in Oakland to supply *100% Organic *coffee and tea. Peerless coffee has a long tradition of sustainability and offers us the ability to receive freshly roasted coffee weekly from their Oakland location. In combination with the on-going CAN coffee brewed in all locations we are now serving ONLY organic coffee in our cafes, restaurants and dining halls.

CAN Alternative Spring Break in the Yucatan

The Community Agroecology Network (CAN) International Internship Program in partnership with the Environmental Studies department takes off to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico for an Alternative Spring Break Trip. Twelve lucky UCSC students have been choosen to participate in an intercultural experience in rural Mayan farming communities. Students will learn about Mayan culture and traditional farming methods while understanding better the livelihood challenges of modern day Mayans. Look for more information and pictures in the next Sustainability Newsletter. CAN also offers longer 10-week internships in rural Latin America. Please visit our website for more details: or contact

UC System-Wide and Community

greendesignSubmit Green Projects to Santa Cruz Design Renaissance Fair
April 18, Dream Inn

The Design Renaissance event on April 18th at the Dream Inn features out of town speakers and a local sustainable design showcase. The event highlights the innovative power and creativity of sustainable design to bring about meaningful change in our society across the many fields of design including graphics and communication, products, businesses, architecture, interiors, agriculture, energy, and community planning. We would like to honor 6-8 local sustainable design projects and ideas. Student projects are especially encouraged! For more information, visit the website here.




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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