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"Global Warming's Terrifying New Math: Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is" by Bill McKibben 


USDA grant aids organic farming training program at UC Santa Cruz 


New book by UCSC biologist highlights efforts to save Hawaiian monk seals


Youth Day at the UCSC Farm: Youth Perspective Article


UCSC ocean scientist Raphael Kudela to co-chair national committee on harmful algae 


Past climate change linked to ancient alteration of seawater chemistry 


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Ross Clark, Earth Matters: Addressing climate change a team sport 


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Greening UCSC  

Volume 5, Issue 1  September 2012 

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UC Santa Cruz has received the highest possible rating from the Princeton Review's Green Rating 2013! The Princeton Review - known for its education services helping students choose and get in to colleges - has recently reported its fifth annual "Green Ratings" of colleges: a measure of how environmentally friendly the institutions are on a scale of 60 to 99.
 The Company tallied the rating for 806 institutions based on its institutional surveys of colleges in 2011-12 concerning their environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings. The description of UC Santa Cruz states that "the University of California-Santa Cruz is dedicated to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, greening its design and construction projects on campus, and integrating sustainability at every institutional level." Many campus organizations, departments, and programs are mentioned in the review, so be sure to check it out here. 
Congratulations, UCSC Sustainable Slugs!

 IDEASS Sustainability Program

Spaces Still Available - Apply Now!     


Are you interested in...

* Learning how to build and install a rainwater catchment system?
* Creating a digital media platform to change Boardwalk consumer habits?
* Installing an electric vehicle charging station on the Wharf?
* Filming and editing a documentary about local sustainability initiatives?
* Working with local businesses to reduce their carbon footprint?

Or maybe you have your own idea for a sustainable design project with potential to make a real community impact, but you aren't sure how to make it a reality? If you answered yes to any of these questions and want to learn what it takes to work as a sustainability change agent, then you should apply to IDEASS! 

Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service is a new team-based internship program on campus designed to create opportunities for students to work on local (primarily off-campus) sustainability challenges with community partners or industry sponsors. 
Click here to apply! Applications for enrollment for Fall 2012 will be accepted until the program is full. 

IDEASS offers a unique college experience. Students spend minimal time in the classroom, putting the majority of their effort into realizing project deliverables in the field. This is an opportunity for undergraduates approaching graduation to transition into the emerging green-technology workforce. Multiple IDEASS students graduating in 2012 have accepted job offers resulting from their achievements working on an IDEASS project.

Visit the Project Clearinghouse and search for IDEASS to view examples of completed and active IDEASS projects. Click here to read a student testimonial about an IDEASS project taking place in Porter College!   
To find out more about IDEASS, please visit the website or contact IDEASS with any questions or concerns. IDEASS needs your talent, so apply today!
newsachievementsNews & Achievements 


Sustainability Profile: Beth Terry on Kicking the Plastic Habit

 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!  

Source: OnEarth.org

 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.  


 Sustainability Project Clearinghouse

 Are you a staff, student or faculty member 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 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. If you or your group is interested in receiving a training on how to upload your project to the database, please contact Shauna Casey.


Rebates Available for Purchasing City of Santa Cruz-Approved Compost Bin

 Americans throw away 1/3 of the food we buy --more than 34 million tons a year. When you send food waste to landfill, "it quickly rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide" (EPA). Why not compost instead? It's good for the planet and it'll give you nutritious soil for your garden, too!

The City of Santa Cruz will give you a $40 rebate when you purchase a City approved compost bin or worm bin either from the Composting in Santa Cruz County website or from one of the links listed here


Science Notes 2012 Available Now

 The Science Notes 2012 magazine is now available online! It's full of science, including environmental & health science, agroecology, bicycles made of bamboo, and sea otters. Find out more and read the magazine here

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Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm
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 Did you know that students in the dorms and apartments on campus can compost the food scraps left over from meals they eat in their own rooms? Food waste generated in dorms and apartments can be collected and added to a cold composting system that is used in the many gardens on campus. For information about each college's system, where to drop off your food waste, and who to contact for more information, please check out this PDF created by the UCSC Zero Waste TeamIf you have further questions about composting on campus, please contact Silas Snyder

For more information about composting on campus and information about how to compost at home if you live off-campus, please check out the full green tip here !


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 Innovative Approaches to Sustainability at Other Campuses 


Here are a couple selections of the innovative approaches to sustainability taking place on other college campuses (click here for a longer list!). Each of these examples was chosen because it's something that UCSC could potentially implement in some form. If you see something here that you want to make a reality at UCSC, contact the Sustainability Office and we will help you direct your ideas toward fruition!


 UCB's Sustainability Tour and Sustainability Map  

At UC Berkeley, students, staff, faculty, and visitors can explore the campus with the help of a self- guided one-hour tour of campus sustainability features and a detailed campus sustainability map. The Office of Sustainability at UCB has made the walking tour available for self-service, but also offers guided tours on request. Read the full article on page 3 of their newsletter.


Check out the UC Merced sustainability website for great short videos that summarize the objectives and programs for green building, water, waste & recycling, student engagement. Objectives and initiatives are also posted for 8 other sustainability topics. 


Please click here to see the full list.
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Shauna Casey, Lacey Raak, Elida Erickson, John Barnes, Melissa Ott, Shannon Miller, Nikki Fiore, Elissa Martinez, Elizabeth Lin, Camille Carrillo, Alexis Gomez, Alexander Mitroff,  and more! 

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