Earth Summit
In This Issue
Further Reading & Resources
UCSC News & Achievements
Internships & Opportunities
UCSC Organizations
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:

Congratulations to our new student positions!

Ellen Bartow, Education & Outreach Chancellor's Undergraduate Intern

Joey Feldman, Sustainability Plan Chancellor's Undergraduate Intern

Cameron Fields, Climate Action Plan Chancellor's Undergraduate Intern

Alona Harris, Student Outreach Coordinator

Olivia Kirkland, Student Outreach Coordinator

Genevieve Laucher, Student Outreach Coordinator

Alisa Orris, Student Outreach Coordinator

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 7 May 2010
In This Issue
Comment on the Campus Sustainability Plan

Students: Vote YES on Sustainability in Campus Elections

Free Breakfast for Bike to Work Week

UCSC Wins Acterra Environmental Business Award

Reduce Waste at Campus Move-Out

Green Campus wins UC Best Practice Award

Environmental Films at Santa Cruz Film Festival

Chancellor Blumenthal takes Green Campus's bike generator for a spin at UCSC's Day by the Bay on April 17. (Photo: Chelsea McDaniel)

As spring quarter marches on, the sustainability community at UC Santa Cruz has a lot to work on as well as celebrate. Check out this issue for tons of upcoming campus events, as well as exciting announcements of successes from the past month. As always, don't forget to check out how you can get involved at!

Upcoming Events

CAN Fair Trade Market Place
Monday, May 10th 11-4pm

Bay Tree Quarry Plaza, UCSC

ESLP Food Systems Night

Monday, May 10th 7-10pm
Classroom Unit 2, UCSC

Fair Trade Market

The Friends of Community Agroecology Network is excited to be hosting and participating in a few amazing events.  First and for most, we are proud to be hosting Darling Betsabe Campos Ravo from our partner community in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  She will be joining us at the 5th Annual Fair Trade Market Place.This event will be spectacular with free tamales, live music and dancing as well as local trade justice organizations  and on-campus groups.


Following this event, Darling will be speaking about the promises and pitfall of Fair Trade at the ESLP Food Systems night at Classroom Unit 2 at 7pm.


Tuesday night CAN will be excited to host her at our general gathering meeting where a free delicious dinner will be provided at Sustainable Living Center at the Village in building A3 at 6pm.


The next day we will find ourselves at theFarmer's Market with Darling, where we will all be watching the hustle and bustle goes by as we appreciate the expanded market from our new location right at entrance of the parking lot where the drum circle used to play.  We hope to see you all there, for none of this would be possible without the participation of our student and staff UCSC community!


bike2workBike to Work Week: Free Breakfast!
Thursday, May 13, 6:30 - 9:30 AM
UCSC Women's Center (Lower Campus), top of the bike path, Bike Co-Op (Quarry Plaza)

Grease your chains and spread the word! Ride your bike during Bike Week May 9-15, win prizes, and make some new bike buddies! On May 13,  receive free breakfast at three locations on campus. Thanks to the UCSC Bike Co-Op, a student run bike shop, for co-sponsoring this event.

electionsCampus Elections: Vote YES for Sustainability, Vote YES on Measures 43, 44 and 45!
 May 18-28, online at

Vote YES on sustainability! For less than the price of breakfast at Stevenson Café, these measures will fund sustainability projects on campus. Projects include: more organic food options and programming in dining halls, on-campus renewable energy projects, and student internships and educational opportunities. Sustainability programs save money in the long term, so we as students should invest now to save on future costs. Measure 43 is only $3.75 per quarter. Measure 44 is not a new fee! Measure 45 is only $2.75 per quarter. Learn more about these initiatives by joining us on Facebook! Find us on Facebook


UCSC News & Achievements

CSPUCSC Releases Campus Sustainability Plan Draft 1.0

UC Santa Cruz is proud to announce the release of its first ever Campus Sustainability Plan Draft. A collaborative effort between staff, students, faculty and administrators, the Sustainability Plan outlines measurable goals in every area of campus operations for 2010-2013, as well as an overarching vision of a sustainable campus by 2020. The plan covers topic areas including Food Systems, Energy, Water, Transportation, and others. You can download the draft at the
Most importantly, we want your comments on this plan! Please email feedback to by June 30.

acterraUCSC Wins Acterra 2010 Environmental Business Award


UC Santa Cruz has been selected to receive Acterra's 2010 Business Environmental Award in Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation -- Large Organization for its outstanding sustainability projects and programs.

UC Santa Cruz's waste prevention, green transportation, and energy efficiency programs all helped to secure the top spot in its category. Additionally, the judges were impressed by the collaborative nature of sustainability on our campus. UC Santa Cruz prides itself on including students, staff, faculty and administration to green our campus and lead the way worldwide in the sustainability in higher education movement. To learn more, read the article here.

UCSC Dining News

Dining recently held a second Meatless Dining Day at College 8/Oakes Dining Hall on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Several new menus were introduced along with a very poplar Indian Food Bar. Meat's Not Green was the focus of the day with our Banana Slugs for Animals campus club present with many educational handouts to inform students that eating plant based foods help to preserve land, save water and causes less global carbon emissions then driving a hybrid car. By eating meat-
free foods you're helping to live sustainably and preserve our natural resources!

The upcoming Staff Appreciation Lunch on Tuesday May 11 will feature a menu offering a great selection of local, organic and sustainable food! It's Spring crop time in our region so come and enjoy the bounty!

moveoutReduce Waste at Campus Move-Out

Not ready for move out, we make moving off campus easy.
Look for opportunities to swap unwanted items with friends, either informally or at a College sponsored event. Going home or know where you will be living next?  Take some stuff there.  Start clearing out what you don't need and avoid the stress and last minute rush. Want to donate?  We will have Goodwill and Second Harvest Food Bank bins at almost 50 locations around the campus, look for maps in the mail rooms soon.
Remember torecycle all that collected paper, cans and bottle early, recycling bins fill up within hours during finals week.
Lastly, take the rest with you, when you move out.  Support the underpaid workers that have to rush to clean out the rooms after you move out.
Need more information? Join the Facebook groupUC Santa Cruz Move Out. Find us on Facebook
Or Call Housing Conservation Services at 459-2663 or email

Internships, Workshops & Opportunities

EPA FREE Webinar on Social Marketing: Building a Tool Kit to Motivate Environmental Action
Thursday, May 20, 10:00-11:30 AM

Promoting conservation requires changing behavior. Unfortunately, most conservation programs are based on assumptions about human behavior that often turn out to be incorrect. As a result, efforts to change behavior and promote conservation often fail. This webinar will provide an overview to the principles of social marketing, particularly as they are applied to environmental programs and highlight several case examples. The webinar will describe specific techniques for effective behavior change, pitfalls to avoid and marketing programs that contribute toward collective practices for successful recycling
To register visit:

Call for Papers for 3rd Annual ACPA Sustainability Institute

Call for Papers! Present a Program! Highlight YOUR important sustainability efforts! Teach us/Share with us your promising practices! Learn from other national experts! Please join us at the 3rd ACPA Sustainability Institute schedued for June 23-25, 2010 and hosted by the University of Washington in beautiful Seattle, WA. Please visit for more information! For more information please contact Dr. Jeanne Steffes, or

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,visit our website here!

gcpAlliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program

UC System-Wide and Community

8 UC Campuses in College "Green Guide"

Eight of UC's 10 campuses are among the universities listed in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges." The guide is "an effort to recognize the impressive environmental and sustainability programs at universities and colleges across the country," Princeton Review said in a statement. Princeton Review partnered with U.S. Green Building Council to produce the guide. Read more here.

filmfestSanta Cruz Film Festival: May 6-15

The Santa Cruz Film Festival brings you the best of independent, local, national and international cinema.  Our 2010 lineup is the best ever with original, cutting-edge work, including 27 EarthVision Environmental Films. Tickets are $9 General, $7 Senior/Student. For a list of environmental films, visit

Tour of LEED Platinum Chartwell School

Tuesday, May 18, Seaside, CA

The USGBC-NCC Monterey Bay Branch, in partnership with Fehr Engineering, is offering a special tour of the LEED Platinum certified Chartwell School , followed by an educational session that will reinforce green building concepts particularly pertinent to the Green Associates exam. In designing their new campus, Chartwell made student health and learning their highest priorities. Chartwell adopted practices that follow widely accepted standards for both energy and environmental design and for high performance schools. Chartwell's main buildings are LEED-NC Platinum certified and exceed CHPS high performance requirements for schools. To learn more, 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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