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Submission Date Sept. 13, 2013
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University of California, Davis
ER-T2-1: Student Group

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Camille Kirk
Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

The name and a brief description of each student group:

Campus Center for the Environment
The Campus Center for the Environment is the Environmental Unit of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD). The group, comprised of 6 undergraduate student staff members, aims to promote a sustainable lifestyle and environmental awareness at UC Davis through education, tabling, events, student-led classes, and ASUCD events.

California Student Sustainability Coalition - UC Davis chapter
The UC Davis chapter of California Student Sustainability Coalition (commonly referred to as the CSSC) is a student led organization that is part of the larger, statewide CSSC. There are chapters at UC, CSU, community college and even private university campuses across the state. It is their mission to “unite and empower the California community of higher education to collaboratively and nonviolently transform ourselves and our institutions based on our inherent social, economic, and ecological responsibilities.” The CSSC creates and endorses campaigns that span many university campuses in California.

CalPIRG - UC Davis chapter
CalPIRG is a grassroots public interest group that lobbies for issues that they believe are relevant to the general public. They mainly focus on higher education, clean energy, hunger and homelessness, forest protection, and voter registration.

Make Davis Cool - Cool Davis Initiative's student taskforce
In 2008, the City of Davis adopted the Davis Climate Action and Adaption Plan, which was designed to involve the community in a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This plan started the organization Cool Davis Initiative. CDI’s task force of students is called Make Davis Cool. CDI is “a community-based group that works to engage 80 percent of Davis residents in some sort of sustainability habits."

Davis Green Greek Initiative
Promotes sustainability and increases environmental-consciousness within the UC Davis Greek community. Aims at cost-effective ways to make events more sustainable and environmentally friendly, as well as fundraisers, service projects and joint-efforts with similar clubs on campus.

Davis Net Impact
An international non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a network of business leaders who use the power of business to create a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact. Constantly searching for new and innovative approaches to socially responsible businesses that make a positive impact on the world.

Davis Student Food Co-op
Devoted to providing Real Food to UC Davis students at an affordable cost. Real Food is environmentally-friendly, socially-just, and nourishing to the consumer.

Environmental Science and Policy Club
The Environmental Science and Policy Club encourages students to be active in their environment through outdoor activities like clean-ups and hiking, and conservation efforts and serves to familiarize students with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and faculty.

Project Compost
Project Compost is a student-run, student-funded unit of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD). Volunteer opportunities are always available. Most volunteers go on compost runs and collect food matter from pick-up sites on campus, help with giving workshops, tabling, making educational material, and much more. There are also internships.

Real Food Challenge
The Real Food Challenge serves as both a campaign and a network. The campaign is to increase the procurement of real food on college and university campuses, with the national goal of 20% real food by 2020. By leveraging their purchasing power, theycan catalyze the transformation of the larger food system. The network offers a chance for students and their allies to make connections, learn from one another, and grow the movement.

Focused on enhancing environmental education in local elementary schools where college students serve as a vital link between the University and the community by making campus resources available to elementary school teachers.

Student Farm
Since its inception in 1977, the Student Farm has served the UC Davis students and faculty, farmers, gardeners, school children and many others. Its unique program centers around three principles:
A focus on sustainable agriculture principles and practices,
An emphasis on in-field, experiential learning,
The encouragement of student initiative, creativity and exploration.

Students for Sustainable Agriculture (SSA)
Works to engage the campus and larger community in a socially just and ecologically balanced approach to agriculture.

List up to 4 notable recent activities or accomplishments of student group(s):

1. 2013 Sustainability Summit (The Campus Center for the Environment, in partnership with the California Students for Sustainability Coalition and the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, coordinated the 11th annual Sustainability Summit, a forum to highlight the successes of innovative projects at UC Davis that contribute to sustainability for the campus, the community, the region and the world.)

2. Creation and publication of the CCE Handbook

3. Creation and/or coordination of sustainability-related internships, jobs, and research opportunities

4. Maintenance of a sustainability-related event calendar, as well as website with comprehensive listing of resources and organizations

5. Implemented the Resident Garden at Segundo with the help of Dining Services Sustainability office and Student Housing. The aim of the garden is to educate freshman about the importance of growing their own food and buying local, organic produce.

6. Passed a bill through the UC Davis Panhellenic organization requiring all sorority philanthropy events to be zero-waste. Work with the ASUCD Coffee House to purchase compostable plates, silverware, and trash bags to sell at-cost to the sororities. Coordinates with ASUCD Unit Project Compost to arrange the pick-up of compostable waste.

7. Implemented the Field Guide to Sustainable Living in Davis class, a student-led field trip based class that provided a comprehensive introduction to how to live sustainably in Davis to freshman and transfer students.

1. Responsible for the Education for Sustainable Living Program (The only student-run class offered at UC Davis, ESLP is a seminar series which hosts guest lectures by renowned educators, authors, environmentalists, and progressive thinkers.)
2. Advocated for responsible investing in the UC System
3. Hosted the CSSC Convergence in 2011
4. Coordinated the Environmental Club Showcase (fair featuring sustainability-related clubs and organizations on campus)

1. Collected signatures for a polystyrene-ban in the community
2. Promoted the Energy Services Corp campaign
3. Worked on a foodwaste campaign for clubs and non-profits
4. Worked on the “Ban the Bag” campaign

Make Davis Cool
1. Coordinated the Pound for Pound Challenge
2. Active participant in Earth Week events
3. Involved in UC Davis Picnic Day
4. Cool California Project & Cool Davis Challenge

Davis Net Impact
1. Careers with IMPACT Panel
2. Fighting Climate Change Globally Through Regional Collaboration
3. Greenbridge Networking Night
4. Net Impact Tahoe Trip
5. Job Shadow Day: Institute at the Golden Gate

Student Farm
1. internships
2. formal courses
3. research projects

Students for Sustainable Ag
1. Development of curriculum for new UC Davis Sustainable Agriculture major: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
UC Davis/Davis Sustainable Ag directory
2. Involved in the Farm-to-College event with UC Davis Dining Services
3. Campus Food System Sustainability Project
4. Community outreach (website, sustainable agriculture poster displays, attending events, fact sheets etc.)
5. Recruitment, network building and strategic planning
6. Alternatives in Sustainable Agriculture lecture series planning
7. Local Dirt! A public affairs radio show focused on agrifood system issues

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