Sustainability Profile: The Paper Towel Debate
Each month, our newsletter features a person or group on campus that is working toward a more sustainable world. This month, we looked at the issue of paper towel use and waste on our campus by interviewing PTAGS Dorm Paper Towel Elimination Campaign student leader Aidan Ward (below). We also heard from UC campus facilities managers about how the issue is handled on other campuses. Read the full article 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 .
Exciting Jobs and Internships - Apply NOW for 2012-13 Academic Year Positions!
Are you interested in gaining professional experience in a fun and engaging environment where you can build connections with fellow students interested in sustainability? The Sustainability Office is currently hiring for Spring 2012 and the 2012-13 academic year, and we are looking for talented individuals with a passion for sustainability to join our team. You do not need to be an Environmental Studies or sciences major to work here! Check out our current list of opportunities, including both internships and paid positions! If you have any questions, please contact Shauna Casey.
End of the Year Celebration: May 31
You're invited to the 4th Annual End of the Year Sustainability Celebration and Planning Session! Join students, staff, faculty and administrators from throughout the campus community to celebrate successes in campus sustainability and to share input on planning for our future. The event will take place Thursday, May 31 from 1 PM - 5 PM in the Stevenson Event Center. The event will also include delicious organic food and live music. Read more about the event here. We hope to see you there!
Sustainability Project Clearinghouse
Are you interested in getting involved in a campus sustainability project, but don't know how? Are you looking for partners for your current project? Have you completed a project that you would like others to learn from? Visit the Sustainability Project Clearinghouse today! The Sustainability Project Clearinghouse is a database of sustainability projects designed to help students, staff and faculty get involved in the campus sustainability movement. The database provides a centralized place to learn about campus needs; identify ways to get involved; and serves as a reference for understanding the successes and challenges previous projects have faced. Visit our website to view published projects or create a user account and upload your own projects and sustainability ideas.
City on a Hill Press's Green Issue
City on a Hill Press released a Green Issue in honor of Earth Week, which was April 16-22. Check out their many articles on sustainability topics here.
UCSC Included in The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges
UC Santa Cruz has been selected for inclusion in the third annual edition of the free, downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green College: 2012 Edition." This one-of-a-kind resource -- which was published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) -- is the only free, comprehensive guide that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability. Congratulations, Sustainable Slugs!
UCSC Wins Two UC Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Best Practices Award
For the eight annual UC Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Best Practices Awards, UCSC received awards in Lighting Design/Retrofit for Phases I and II of the Campus Wide Lighting Retrofit, and in Water Efficiency & Site Water Quality for the Water Efficiency and Management Improvement Plan. For more information, please click here.
Carbon Fund's Winter Projects
This past winter quarter the UCSC Carbon Fund granted over $26,000 to three staff and student run greenhouse gas reduction projects. Projects include the installation of solar tubes at Natural Bridges Green School, a lighting retrofit at Watsonville High School (WHS), and a "greenovation" of the study lounge at Porter College. For more information about the Carbon Fund, click here.
AIRC's Green Team Transitioning to Ethnic Resource Center-wide Team
The American Indian Resource Center's Green Team, who we interviewed in January (scroll to the bottom of this link to read the interview), is in the process of transitioning to an Ethnic Resource Center-wide Green Team with the help of UCSC's own green certification program, PROPS. The extension of the Green Team to the other ERCs will help raise awareness and get the other centers used to making green practices a priority. To learn more about this, click here.
Sustainability News at 2300 Delaware
In recognition of Earth Week, folks at 2300 Delaware organized to reduce their paper towel use by promoting a Bring Your Hand Towel to Work week. To help shed light on their impact, the hosting group of ad hoc 2300 Delaware occupants shared use data and gave away hand towels to anyone interested in reducing their paper towel use at work.