"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."
- Gaylord Nelson 
Former governor of Wisconsin &
Co-founder of Earth Day
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Van Jones on Rebuilding the American Dream, One Story at a Time


Santa Cruz Woman Makes First Desk Light From Recycled E-Waste 


NPR: Following Garbage's Long Journey Around The Earth


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Volume 4, Issue 7  May 2012 

Earth Week 2012

Styrofoam Recycling Day        




On April 16, the first day of Earth Week 2012, Environmental Health & Safety, Physical Plant, and the Sustainability Office held a styrofoam collection day in Quarry Plaza to raise awareness for the styrofoam collection days that will continue to take place this quarter. The styrofoam that was collected will be compacted and turned into surfboards, like the one pictured above, by the Sustainable Surf program, Waste to Waves. Updates about upcoming collection days will be posted here


To see more pictures of Zero Waste efforts, please visit the Photobucket album. 


In this Issue

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 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

csi  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.  

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Bike to Work Week Santa Cruz 60sec TV Spot
Bike to Work Week Santa Cruz 

Greening Your Lifestyle 


Green Tip #3: Pledge to Take Back the Tap & Stop Buying Bottled Water




Still not convinced that buying bottled water contributes to environmental issues, including your own health? Want some solid reasons to stop spending money on them? Find out more about the issues surrounding bottled water use by clicking here


Buy a reusable water bottle and take advantage of all the free, clean tap water on our campus. Speaking of which, UCSC's Take Back the Tap has recently installed new water spigots to fill up your reusable bottles. Click here for more information.


Click  here to see past Green Tips! 
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Innovative Approaches to Sustainability at Other Campuses 


Stanford U Conducts Sustainability Awareness Survey 

Aiming to determine baseline levels of environmental sustainability awareness and everyday practice on campus, the survey of Stanford University students, faculty and staff included questions regarding habits and barriers focused on office and room lighting, computers, monitors, printer use, air conditioners and heaters, refrigerators, reusable products, water, recycling and composting, food choices, and the influence of others. Find out more here.
The University of Michigan has unveiled an interactive map with information on sustainable sites and programs located on campus. Highlighting LEED buildings, campus improvement sites, academic programs and event locations, the map allows users to customize their search by selecting the categories they are most interested in. More information here

Know about an innovative approach to sustainability on another campus? Email us 


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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:

Shauna Casey, Lacey Raak, Elida Erickson, John Barnes, Melissa Ott, Christy Stanton, Nguyen Vuong, Jolie Law, Isaac Lean, Shannon Miller, Gabi Kirk, Michelle Chacon, Nikki Fiore, Tan Ha, Andrea Stone, Elissa Martinez, Devin Jokerst, Elizabeth Lin, Ryan Harmon, Parker Forman, Rebecca Wood, Alexis Gomez, Camille Carrillo, and more! 

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