Volume 4, Issue 3 January 2012
Sustainability Office Fall 2011 Retreat
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SEC Winter Meet & Greet -
Wednesday, January 11
Join the Student Environmental Center for a free vegetarian dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the College 8 Red Room, down the steps from the dining hall. To learn more about SEC's upcoming events and opportunities, including 2 and 5 unit internships, visit SEC's website!
2nd Annual Inter Organizational Sustainability Retreat - January 13-15
Ninety student and staff representing 13 student environmental organizations, College 8, SUA, and Dining Services will be attending a retreat at Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek. Participants will spend two nights sharing meals, learning leadership skills, participating in visioning activities around the past, present, and future of UCSC sustainability, and making and strengthening relationships.
Cowell Student Health Center LEED Gold Celebration - Friday, January 20
Come celebrate the completed renovation of the Cowell Student Health Center, paid for by student-passed referendums Measure 35, Measure 18 and the Seismic Fee. This is the University's first LEED Gold Certified building. Refreshments will be provided by the Student Environmental Center. 5 to 7 PM at the Cowell Student Health Center. Find out more about the LEED certification here.
PICA's Winter Garden Party -
Saturday, January 21
Join PICA for lots of fun gardening, good conversation, and a yummy free lunch from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, rain or shine. Meet in the A Quad of the Village. No registration required. For info, email Mira or click here.
Earth Summit Breakout -
Wednesday, January 25
Join the Student Environmental Center for vegetarian food and breakout discussions about Waste Prevention and Water for the 2011-12 Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in the College 8 Red Room. For more information email Eliza Milio (CUIP Earth Summit/Blueprint Coordinator).
PICA's Healthy Snacks Workshop -
Saturday, January 29
Learn how to make delicious, healthy, and inexpensive snacks that are great for busy student lifestyles. Free event. 11 AM to 3 PM. Class will meet in the F Kitchen in the Village. For more info, email Lidia.
CAN Intercambio 2012 - February 13-22
Meet and interact with representatives from Community Agroecology Network (CAN) partner communities in Latin America at a variety of events. Learn more about Field Study and Field Course possibilities in those communities and have the chance to get to know some of the people from those places. Updates and more information will be posted on the CAN website.
11th Annual Campus Earth Summit -
Saturday, March 3
Mark your calendars for this year's Campus Earth Summit! Find out more about blueprint breakout sessions (see above Earth Summit Breakout event) and find updates about Earth Summit details here.
PICA Saturday Garden Workdays
Garden Workdays take place every Saturday of the quarter except Finals Week and are open to anyone on campus. No registration required. Meet in the A Quad of the Village for gardening, community, and a free lunch! For info, email Mira or or click here.
Internships & Opportunities
Internships & Employment
Stevenson Garden Internship
Want to grow some food, get your hands dirty, and manage a new garden on campus through a 2 or 5-unit internship? The Stevenson Garden is seeking interns for Winter Quarter 2012. Please contact Blake Redding.
Green Campus Internship
Green Campus is now looking for new interns for winter quarter! Interns work on projects throughout campus to promote water and energy sustainability. Apply on the Green Campus website.
Interested in helping UCSC offices function more efficiently? UCSC's Program Recognizing Offices Practicing Sustainability (PROPS) has a Winter Quarter internship positions available. For more information on how to get credit working with PROPS, email PROPS and click here.
Natural Reserves Hires New Campus Steward
The UCSC Campus Natural Reserve has a new Campus Steward! More information next month. Find out more about the Natural Reserve here.
Volunteer with Take Back the Tap
Take Back the Tap UCSC is looking for volunteers to end the sale of plastic water bottles on our campus. Volunteers can work on outreach, event planning, water taste tests, website and media creation, or discussion with store managers. If you're interested, email Take Back the Tap.
Volunteer at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Interested in gardening, habitat restoration, tidepooling, maintaining exhibits and helping at events for the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History? Volunteer today! Find out more and fill out an application here or email Matt.
Measure 43 Speaker Funding Available
The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is soliciting grant applications from UCSC undergraduate students for Measure 43 funds to support visiting speakers whose topic is related to food, health and wellness, and will engage UCSC students. Winter Quarter Deadline is January 20, 2012. Find out more here.
Apply for CSC Winter Funding Round
The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) works to provide funding to registered UCSC student organizations for programs and events that create, implement, and monitor environmentally sound practices on campus as established through the protocol outlined in the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus. For more information and to see the list of mandatory grant training dates, check out the CSC website.
Courses, Conferences and Competitions
Natural History Field Quarter - Spring 2012
|Natural History Field Quarter 1981, Photo by E. Engles|
For almost 40 years, Natural History Field Quarter has offered students the unique opportunity to learn field natural history skills and the practical application of those skills to the preservation and management of California's natural ecosystems. Find out more about the 15-unit program here. Applications are due February 10.
ESLP Spring Courses
Get ready to enroll in the Education for Sustainable Living Program's Spring Quarter speaker series and student-led courses! A variety of 5 unit and 2 unit sections will soon be posted on the ESLP website. ESLP's College 8 courses are open to all students and can be found under CLEI 161 (5-unit) and CLEI 61 (2-unit).
Green Chef Competition Seeking Chefs
The Student Environmental Center's Students for Organic Solutions campaign is currently seeking chefs for Green Chef, a sustainable cooking competition featuring a secret fresh and local ingredient. They are seeking chefs in teams of 3 to prepare an entree or dessert of their choice. Chef Orientation is Friday, February 3rd, and the competition is Friday, February 17th. For more information, email Green Chef UCSC or visit the SEC website.
Sustainability Across America Bicycle Tour
Interested in cycling across the country while learning about sustainability without the hassle of planning the trip yourself and lugging all your gear solo? Common Circle Education's cross-country bicycle tour is happening this summer, featuring courses and trainings on sustainable practices, permaculture, leadership, and wilderness first aid. Find out more about the program here.
California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Call for Proposals
The Conference seeks speakers who have crossed silos within their institutions to create sustainable change, infuse concepts of sustainability into curriculum, and/or to pursue research questions related to sustainability. Location: UC Davis June 18-22. Submissions due January 20. For more information, click here.
News & Achievements
American Indian Resource Center's Green Team
Each month, our newsletter will feature a person or group on campus that is working toward a more sustainable world. This month, we interviewed Michelle Neumann of the American Indian Resource Center's Green Team. The Team has been working on raising awareness about sustainable belief systems and ways that have been practiced by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Read more about the AIRC's Green Team here.
If you know of a person or group on campus that you think we should profile, or if you would like to be profiled, please send us an email.
UCSC Voted Most Vegan-Friendly Campus
UCSC took 1st place in peta2's Most Vegan-Friendly Campus contest in the large U.S. schools category. The peta2 site states: "This radically progressive school's implementation of the popular Meatless Monday program-in which a different dining hall goes completely vegetarian each week-has been a model for other schools across the country." Read more here.
Porter Slug Cafe Goes Water Bottle-Free!
Take Back the Tap Update:
Porter Slug Grill and Cafe
will be going bottled water free as soon as they run out of their current stock. This makes them the first business on campus to stop selling single use plastic water bottles! Find out more about Take Back the Tap UCSC
(Left: One of Porter Slug's managers, Denise, poses with their new refillable tap water cambro.)
Perk Coffee Bars Certified by Monterey Bay Green Business This fall, Perk Coffee Bars received the Monterey Bay Green Business Certification from the City on Santa Cruz. This now brings the total number of dining operated units that have received this certification to 10! Find out more here.
Farm Fridays Farm Fridays will debut in the dining halls during Winter Quarter. Each week, one dining hall will feature a dish incorporating ingredients from the UCSC Farm and other local organic farms in the region. Representatives from Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and the Food Systems Working Group will be tabling each Friday at these events to bring an educational component to students. For more information, contact Candy Berlin.
Campus Sustainability Case Studies 2011
The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Sustainability Case Study Database has been updated for 2011 and is available online here. Find out what campuses nationwide are doing to green their operations and curriculum.
UCSC Makes Green Honor Roll
UC Santa Cruz is one of sixteen universities in the country to make The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll this year. The description of UCSC on the Honor Roll website mentions the Sustainability Office, the Student Environmental Center, Friends of the Community Agroecology Network, Education for Sustainable Living Program, and more. Great work, everyone! Read more here.
Environmental Happenings in Stevenson
The Stevenson Garden has been approved for expansion after its first quarter with interns! Path to a Greener Stevenson held its second annual Environmental Film Festival this quarter, put on two recycling education events, and next quarter, plans to collaborate with Green Campus to educate Stevenson residents about energy saving in the dorms. Find out more about PTAGS and Stevenson sustainability efforts here.
UCSC Green Purchasing Guide The Green Purchasing Working Group has compiled a useful online resource that contains a variety of different considerations regarding purchasing sustainably. It has information about things to think about before you buy, proper disposal and recycling methods, and ways to avoid "green washing." Check out the guide here
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