Each month, our newsletter features a person or group that is working toward a more sustainable world. This month's profile features Beth Terry, a resident of Oakland, California, who recently visited Santa Cruz to talk about her experiences living without plastic. She has recently written a book about how to live a practical life that avoids acquiring new plastic products. Please click here to read the full profile and learn a few simple ways to live without plastics!
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 in the Sustainability Office - Apply Now!
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 Fall 2012, 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.
Coming Soon! First Annual UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Report
The Campus Sustainability Office is currently working to develop its first Annual Sustainability Report for UC Santa Cruz. The Report will track achievements made toward accomplishing the goals identified in all UCSC commitments and regulations, as well as major accomplishments by sustainability fee measures, programs, projects, organizations, and departments at UCSC. Look for the first report, out sometime in Winter 2013.
Zero Waste Orientations at UCSC
Orientation at UC Santa Cruz is greener than ever! Curious to find out how? During summer 2012 Orientation, they composted over 3,000 pounds of waste, compared to about 200 pounds of trash. Find out more about the specific measures they are taking to make orientation zero waste by reading this article.
Land Habitat Watershed Updates
A core objective of the sustainability movement is the protection, maintenance, and stewardship of the environment and the endurance of critical environmental resources for future generations. In order to accomplish these goals it is essential to educate citizens about the environment and train future environmental scientists. The 409-acre UCSC Campus Natural Reserve (CNR) exists as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom that provides education and research opportunities right outside the doors of our traditional classrooms and laboratories. Read the latest updates about the Campus Natural Reserve and Land Habitat Watershed here.
Coastal ecosystems research project wins NASA Honor Award
|The Coastal and Ocean Airborne Sensor Testbed (COAST) project, involving faculty and students at UC Santa Cruz and scientists at NASA Ames Research Center, has received a NASA Honor Award. Read the full article here.|
Information Technology Services Activated Energy Savings on 3,000 Campus Computers this Summer
ITS activated energy savings on 3,000 computers this summer on campus, which will contribute to UCSC's collective savings of 600,000 kWh annually. That is 360,000lbs of CO2e! Computers who have the energy savings activated will be able to view energy usage at any given time. Read more about it here.
UC Santa Cruz and Other UCs Recognized for Achievements at CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference
The Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices, announced in April and presented at the California higher Education Sustainability Conference in June, highlight achievements that can serve as models for other campuses. Programs at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Francisco won awards for inventive approaches to energy efficiency, sustainable foodservice and waste reduction. Read more on the winning projects here.
New Departments Certified by PROPS
The UC Santa Cruz Financial Affairs Unit has stepped into the sustainable business practices arena. This summer, the Extramural Funds Department and the Enterprise Financial Systems Department earned Sprout Certifications through the Program Recognizing Offices Practicing Sustainability (PROPS). Both departments feel their opening assessment shows their strengths and gives them very "doable" improvement opportunities.