"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river." 
--Ross Perot 
Sustainability Office Planning
Inter-Org Retreat 2012
Orange Farm Flower

Retreat 2012

Trees on Campus
June Celebration

PTAGS Swap Meet
Amaranth at Kresge Garden
Chancellor on Bicycle
Stevenson Garden

Vision Tree 2011-2012 

UCSC Resources 



Campus Sustainability Council (CSC)   


Carbon Fund


Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems


Center for Global, International and Regional Studies


UCSC Climate Change Research Resources 


College Eight: Nurturing Green Entrepreneurs 


Education For Sustainable Living Program (ESLP)  


Environmental Studies Department    



Path to a Greener Stevenson (PTAGS)  


Program In Community and Agroecology (PICA)  


Site Stewardship Program 


Student Environmental Center (SEC)   


UCSC Sustainability Engineering and Ecological Design   


UCSC Sustainability Office


Zimride UCSC 


Further Reading & News

Greening UCSC Newsletter Archives



UCSC Recreation
UCSC Recreation offers trips and classes that get students and community members outdoors. Some classes teach natural history and leave no trace ethics, and there's an entire section of classes on food systems, cooking & farms. Check out all this and more in the Winter Recreation guide online here. You can register online or in the Recreation Office, located upstairs of the OPERS building.


Sierra Institute - This Spring or Summer let nature be the classroom. Find out more here.


Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
UCSC Sustainability Office, Kerr Hall 118

Greening UCSC  

Volume 4, Issue 4  February 2012 

In this Issue: 

Upcoming Events   


Internships and Opportunities

News, Achievements and Recognition 

Have sustainability news you want to share in our next issue? Email us!

Winter Quarter       

Sustainability Inter-Organization Retreat 2012
Sustainability Inter-Organization Retreat 2012


More than ninety students and staff representing 13 student environmental organizations, College 8, SUA, and Dining Services attended a weekend retreat at Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek January 13-15. In addition to spending time together, sharing meals and building community, participants learned leadership skills and spent time planning for the coming year. To see more pictures from the retreat, visit our  Facebook album. 


UpcomingEventsUpcoming Events     

Click here to view the Sustainability Office calendar.   



Labor Across the Food Systems  

Labor Across the Food System Conference - February 3-4

This free public conference on the UCSC campus will bring together scholars, researchers, and activists to discuss the role of labor and social justice in reshaping the contemporary global food system. The conference is presented by the Center for Labor Studies at UCSC in collaboration with the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and the Food First Institute for Food and Development Policy in Oakland. For more information, including times and locations, please click here.   


Connect with Nature Lecture Series - February 4-25

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is hosting a lecture series this month. Topics include coastal lagoons, pumas, geology & ecotones of Santa Cruz, and bees & flowers. $8 for members/ $10 for general public. All classes begin at 10 AM. Find out more about dates and lecture topics and register here.



Garden Planning for Small Garden Spaces & Raised Beds - February 5

Learn from garden educator Trish Hildinger how to plan your garden for maximum production. Bring a sketch of your garden. 10 AM - 1 PM at the Louise Cain Gatehouse at the UCSC Farm$5 UCSC students with valid ID, $30 general admission For more info, contact the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. For a calendar of CASFS events, click here.



UCOP Sustainability Manager Visiting February 6-7

Matt St. Clair, Sustainability Manager from the UC Office of the President has a long history with the UC system and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the  Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). On February 6, St. Clair will join us for an evening of discussion and a potluck. For more information about timing and location, please contact Aurora Winslade.  


Earth Summit Breakout -

Wednesday, February 15

Join the Student Environmental Center for vegetarian food and breakout discussions about Food Systems and Academics & Curriculum 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).  


Community Agroecology Network

 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. 


Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden 

- February 19

Learn how to successfully grow blueberries! Taught by Liz Milazzo and Christof Bernau of the CASFS/ UCSC Farm & Garden staff. 10 AM - 1 PM at the Louise Cain Gatehouse at the UCSC Farm$5 UCSC students with valid ID, $30 general admission. For more info, contact the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. For a calendar of CASFS events, click here.



This Way to Sustainability Conference VII - Registration Deadline February 17

This Way to Sustainability Conference VII is taking place in Chico March 1-3. This annual sustainability conference seeks to develop common ground to help build a sustainable society; one that balances economic, environmental and social needs. For more information or to register, visit the website.


Van Jones - February 21   

Van Jones Speaking at UCSC - February 21

Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy, and in 2009 was appointed by President Obama as the first Special Advisor for Green Jobs. As part of a collaboration between the African American Resource Center, Cultural Arts & Diversity, Brain, Mind and Consciousness Society, the Student Environmental Center, Education for Sustainable Living Program, American Indian Resource Center, and the Sustainability Office, Van Jones will be speaking in the Stevenson Event Center from 7-9 PM on February 21. Find out more about Van Jones here. For more information about the event, please contact Malia Bradley.



Sustainability Office Hosting Green Drinks - March 1 

Green Drinks is an informal networking event where environmentally-minded people meet over drinks. The UCSC Sustainability Office has been invited to host Green Drinks on March 1  at Cafe Mare (740 Front St., Suite 100 in downtown Santa Cruz) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The office is looking for on-campus organizations that would like to participate in our "poster session/UCSC sustainability introduction" presentations for this event. For more information please contact Kirsten Williams, or join us on March 1!


11th Annual Campus Earth Summit - 

Saturday, March 3

Mark your calendars for this year's Campus Earth Summit: March 3 from 11 AM to 5 PM! Find out more about blueprint breakout sessions (see above Earth Summit Breakout event) and find updates about Earth Summit details here. If you are interested in leading a workshop, tabling, or volunteering at the event, contact Eliza Milio.  


Earth Week 2012 - April 16-22

If you are interested in getting involved in Earth Week 2012, please email Sam Moll, College 8's Special Environmental Programs Coordinator. Find out about last year's Earth Week and stay tuned for more information here.


Farm Fridays - Fridays this Quarter

 Farm Fridays has begun! Each week, one dining hall will  feature a dish incorporating ingredients from the UCSC Farm and other local organic farms in the region. The food is delicious, and it feels great to be eating the most local food possible! For more information, contact  Candy Berlin or view the Farm Fridays schedule here.

Farm Fridays


Internships & Opportunities 


Clubs, Gardens & Gatherings

Path to a Greener Stevenson - Thursdays 7 PM

Path to a Greener Stevenson (PTAGS) meets in the Stevenson House 2 lounge. For updates, visit the Facebook group or email Blake Redding.


Student Environmental Center - 

Wednesdays 5:30-8:30 PM

Student Environmental Center (SEC)'s General Gatherings take place in the College 8 Red Room. Vegetarian dinner provided. For more information, visit their website or send them an email


Student Environmental Center  


UCSC Natural History Club - Tuesdays 4-5 PM

Visit the Natural History Club Facebook group for meeting locations and more information, or contact Darrow Feldstein.


Gardeners' Alliance Gatherings - February 26, March 11

The Gardeners' Alliance is a group within SEC's Students for Organic campaign that works to  promote the campus gardens and unite the garden-friendly community by creating a space to promote and share information between campus gardeners and the students of UCSC. Email Dominique for information about timing and locations.  


PICA Saturday Garden Play Days

Garden Play Days happen rain or shine, every Saturday in February, at the the PICA gardens. There will be an indoor rainy day activity available in A-3 for those who don't want to get wet and a free garden-grown lunch will be provided! The PICA gardens are located at the entrance to the Village at UCSC. For more info, please contact Mira Michelle



 Kresge Garden Work Days - Sundays 10 AM - 2 PM  
Meet at the Kresge Garden on Sundays to meet other earth-minded folks and work in the garden. 
Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program Sustainability Internships - Application Due February 16
The CUIP program provides internships in administrative departments on campus. Interns work with a mentor to take a lead role in an important campus project, as well as take a 2-unit leadership seminar. CUIP interns receive a stipend of $8,200 toward registration fees. Many of the internships are related to sustainability. Click on the links below for details and visit the CUIP website for additional information and to apply.


CUIP Internships Related to Sustainability:





Take Back the Tap

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.



 Funding Opportunities 


Carbon Fund
 Carbon Fund Deadline February 24
The Carbon Fund is looking to fund your projects that will reduce local greenhouse gas emissions in collaboration with staff, faculty and students. Applications will be accepted online until February 24th at 11:59 PM. For help with strengthening your proposals, feel free to email the Carbon Fund. For more information on the history and mission of the Carbon Fund, or to apply, click here.




Classes, Community, Contributing & Competitions


Join the Gaia Magazine Team

Would you like to work on a magazine staff? Gaia Magazine is looking for strong writers, editors, designers and more for the upcoming Spring 2012 issue. Experience with previous publications, writing, editing, InDesign, Photoshop, etc. is appreciated, but the most important qualities are enthusiasm, dedication, and a desire to promote sustainability through print media at UCSC. Contact the Gaia Magazine Team, visit their Facebook page or check out their website for more information and to get involved. 


Contribute to Gaia Magazine: 

Deadline February 17

Are you interested in getting published in an environmental magazine as an undergrad? Submit an article, poem, recipe, photograph, interview, or photo to Gaia Magazine this year! The 2012 Contributor's Packet is now posted on the Gaia website! The submission deadline is February 17th. Click here for more information and to submit!


LEED Certification Training 

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system for sustainable buildings, such as the LEED Gold Certified Cowell Student Health Center on campus. Interested in becoming trained on LEED certification during a one-day class on campus? Please contact David Boyle for more information.    

Cowell Student Health Center  



Live at PICA Next Year

Would you like to live at the Program in Community and Agroecology? PICA is a vibrant educational community in which to study agricultural and community sustainability. Students live on campus, grow food and share in community meals. You can sign up through Village Housing for the 2012-13 school year! For more info, contact PICA Residential Coordinator Mira Michelle.  

 Live at PICA!   



  Natural History Field Quarter - Spring 2012   

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 hereApplications are due February 10.



ESLPESLP 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). 


Free Online Green Building Course through Stanford University

This class is for students who are passionate about improving the sustainability of the built environment and want to learn about how to manage project teams to design and build sustainable buildings. Find out more here.  


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. Mandatory Chef Orientation is Friday, February 3rd, and the competition is Friday, February 17th at the Colleges 9/10 Multipurpose Room at 6 PM. For more information, email Green Chef UCSC or visit the SEC website.

News & Achievements 
Sustainability Profile: 
East Field House Gym Lighting Retrofit

Each month, our newsletter features a person or group on campus that is working toward a more sustainable world. This month, we interviewed Abbas Mohamed and Erin Linney of Green Campus about their nearly completed retrofit of the lighting at the East Field House Gym, funded by the Carbon Fund. To read about the project and find out how you can fund your own environmental project, read the full article here


Green Campus 
The UCSC Green Campus team, who worked on the lighting retrofit of the East Field House Gym.
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 Student Gabi Kirk Receives Award for Her Passion and Experience in Environmental Conflict Resolution
UCSC 4th year student and Sustainability Office Events Coordinator Gabi Kirk recently received a $500 CONCUR, Inc. scholarship for her work and progress with the various organizations she has contributed to in environmental awareness. After graduating this spring, Gabi hopes to work for Friends of the Earth Middle East in Tel Aviv to work on water issues and environmental peacemaking between the different groups in that area. Find out more about CONCUR, Inc. and the scholarship here. Congratulations, Gabi! 
Gabi Kirk 

Alex Jones, the new Campus Natural Reserve Steward was hired to promote and foster education and research on campus natural lands. He will be leading Nature Walks every other week this quarter. The first Nature Walk is Friday, February 3 from 2-4 PM, with the theme "Opening Your Senses." Meet in front of the College 8 Red Room. For details about the rest of this quarter's Nature Walks, please email  Sam MollFind out more about the UCSC Natural Reserve  here or email Alex Jones.



Electrical Vehicle Charging Station in West Core Parking Structure
Drive an electric vehicle? You can now charge your vehicle, including new EV models, for free at the upgraded electric vehicle charging station in the West Core parking structure! Parking permits are required. For more information contact TAPS
 EV Charging Station 


UCSC Wins Award for Science Library Energy-Saving Project 

"A new lighting system at the UC Santa Cruz Science and Engineering Library, projected to save $51,700 a year by cutting energy use, has won yet another award. The project...was named the "Wireless Innovation Project of the Year" by the EnOcean Alliance..." Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel article here.  

Thanks for reading the Greening UCSC Campus Newsletter!


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


If you'd like to contribute announcements, achievements or other sustainability related stories to our monthly newsletter, please email our Newsletter Coordinator Melissa Ott as soon as possible so your news can appear in the next issue.


The Campus Sustainability Office Team:

Aurora Winslade, Shauna Casey, Lacey Raak, Elida Erickson, Melissa Ott, Jolie Law, Isaac Lean, Shannon Miller, Gabi Kirk, Michelle Chacon, Nikki Fiore, Tan Ha, Kirsten Williams, Andrea Stone, Elissa Martinez, John Barnes, Cory Horton, Devin Jokerst, Elizabeth Lin, Ryan Harmon, Nick Evans, Parker Forman, Rebecca Wood, Ryan King, Taylor Davis, Alexis Gomez, Camille Carrillo, Christy Stanton, Dianne Nguyen, Maggie Lee, and more! 

Questions? Comments? Contact us at sustain@ucsc.edu  
Archived newsletters can be found here.

                     Email us at ucsc.sustainability@gmail.com                             Like us on Facebook                                          Sustainability Office Website
 Email us          Like us on Facebook!          Visit our website!


All photographs unless otherwise attributed are property of the Sustainability Office and may not be reproduced without permission.