Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.18
Liaison Kelli O'Day
Submission Date Sept. 13, 2013
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University of California, Davis
ER-T2-6: Sustainability Events

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 hold major events related to sustainability, such as conferences, speaker series, or symposia, that have students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the event(s):

UC Davis holds a variety of major events related to sustainability on a regular basis. Three recent examples include:
In April 2012, Bill McKibben, a noted author and activist for global warming solutions, came to speak at UC Davis as part of the Capital Public Radio speaker series, and students were invited and encouraged to attend the free talk. In June 2012, the campus hosted the annual California Higher Education Sustainability conference, which includes students, faculty and staff sustainability practitioners across all four systems of higher education in California. In March 2013, UC Davis hosted the Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference, at which scientists and policymakers from around the world met to discuss and "analyze how to respond to the threats of climate change to global agriculture while meeting the world's need for food, prosperity and sustainability."

In addition, students organize activities annually for Earth Week and hold a Sustainability Summit at the end of each school year. The summit features student, staff, faculty, and administrator as speakers. It is an opportunity for all attendants to network, inspire one another, and celebrate their accomplishments in the last year. The Summit supports the belief that we are all equals and need to work together to make a difference in the issue of preserving the integrity of the Earth.

Another annual event held at UC Davis is the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP). The program has created a web of learning and education that has woven itself into the campus and the community. Not only does the program engage students and community members with stimulating presenters, but it also empowers them to do amazing things in the community. The Action Research Teams (ART) allow students to participate in projects ranging from a pedal-powered laptop charger to informational videos about bike commuting to Sacramento. In fact, ESLP projects and participants can be found in many facets of the community and campus. Furthermore, it has given rise to new clubs that enhance student life.

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