Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.09
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date April 17, 2015
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University of California, Santa Cruz
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Campus Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes Yes
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions Yes
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives ---

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

There are multiple student groups focused on sustainability. The main sustainability website provides links to approximately one dozen sustainability-focused student organizations including the Student Environmental Center, the Education for Sustainable Living Program, the Program in Community and Agroecology, the Green Campus Program, and the Campus Sustainability Council. Student Environmental Center (SEC)- The purpose of the Student Environmental Center is to promote student involvement through research, education, and implementation of environmentally sustainable practices on campus in collaboration with the university. Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP)- A student run organization that puts on a student-led course during Spring quarter. Work is done throughout the year planning the night lecture series, training facilitators, creating curriculum, and spreading student empowerment.
Friends of the Community Agroecology Network (FoCAN)- FoCAN engages UCSC students in learning and educating others about alternative food systems, primarily through internships.
Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA)- A program in which students learn about sustainability through practical experience and community building. This learning experience includes seminars, training in agroecology and organic gardening, composting, and caretaking of campus gardens.
The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC)- Provides funding for the programs and events of the many UCSC student organizations, ensuring the institutionalization and long term viability of efforts towards campus sustainability.
The Green Campus Program (GCP)- A student-led outreach program designed and campaigning to educate the campus community about energy efficiency and water conservation.


The website URL where information about student groups is available:
A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system.

On the UCSC campus, the Center operates the 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden and the 25-acre Farm. Both sites are managed using organic production methods and serve as research, teaching, and training facilities for students, staff, and faculty. In addition we have six campus gardens affiliated with several colleges at UCSC that provide curricular and co-curricular instruction and experiential learning for students. For more information on the campus gardens you can download the annual UCSC Campus Food & Garden guide at: http://casfs.ucsc.edu/farm-to-college


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

The Kresge Community Natural Foods Co-op is a non-profit food store located on the south side of Kresge. The Co-op supports small farmers, the UCSC Farm Project, and the Kresge Garden. Inventory focuses on natural and organic foods. In addition, the Kresge Garden Coop is a community space where students empower themselves to learn how to grow their own food from seed, dig beds, create a functional compost system, and work together cooperatively.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

"Carbon Fund-The Carbon Fund committee strives for a sustainable future by working to mitigate Climate Change through funding and participating in projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conduct relevant research, or carry out education and behavioral change programs. The Committee’s commitment is foremost to the campus and its students, but also to the wider community as Climate Change is a threat without boundaries. Green Revolving Loan Fund- GRLF will provide up-front capital for campus greenhouse gas reduction
projects. Loans are paid back using the savings realized by the reductions in operating
and utility costs."


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Each year there is a lectures series in spring called the Education for Sustainable Living Program, now entering its 8th year (founded 2004). It is a student organized course and lecture series open to the community that features a different guest speaker each Monday evening. In addition, the Student Environmental Center began hosting an Annual Campus Earth Summit (entering its 12th year in 2013). <http://enviroslug.org/>

The campus Sustainability Office also hosts the annual Inter Organizational Sustainability Retreat and the End of Year Sustainability Celebration. At the Inter Organizational retreat students lead workshops and mentor their peers on sustainability methods and efforts. At the End of Year Sustainability Celebration students showcase their projects to other students through poster presentations. <http://sustainability.ucsc.edu>


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

UC Santa Cruz’s Kresge College is home to a new Center promoting social and environmental change, the Common Ground Center. The mission of Common Ground is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. We act as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement. The Center has a large base of community support from its existing programs in Nonviolent Communication, Restorative Justice, Transformative Action, The World Café and the Kresge Garden, as well as existing partnerships with civil society organizations promoting the values, principles and practices of Common Ground. We have a suite of programs and projects that we undertake in service to our mission. Please click on the links to the left on our website under Activities, and visit our calendar to see what is happening in the near future.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Office of Physical Education and Recreational Sports (OPERS) mission is to provide a variety of professional programs and physical activities that promote and enhance community, leadership, lifelong wellness and academic success. They firmly believe that these programs can be life-changing. They are also a necessary component of ther UCSC experience and there is no doubt that students look back at these experiences fondly for years to come.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

College Eight offers a sustainability-themed, year-long course to all College 8 freshman, to create green thinkers and entrepreneurs. The three quarter sequence are taught by senior tenured professors from the Social Science, Physical and Biological Science, and Engineering Divisions of UCSC. The goal of the core course sequence is to provide students with a solid scientific and policy foundation for environmental citizenship, and to investigate solutions. Students who take all three courses will receive a College Eight Certificate in Environmental Citizenship, useful on any resume, and will satisfy a great many GE requirements.


The website URL where information about the theme is available:
A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

UCSC has many opportunities for students to learn sustainability life skills, including: Kresge College Ecovillage, the Program in Community and Agroecology, The Sustainabiltiy House at Stevenson College, Cowell College Outdoor Pursuits and Sustainability Community, College 8 Sustainability House. Kresge Ecovillage - The ecovillage is a community striving to live well and lightly together. From appropriate technologies to holistic health, from sustainable agriculture to group facilitation, the ecovillage brings together 1st year students who wish to actively create a new world based on cooperation, justice, and sustainable living. If you are looking to cultivate a deep sense of place, host regular potlucks, and engage with sustainability education, this is the place for you. Students are highly encouraged to participate in the Kresge Garden Co-op, The World Cafe, and the classes, workshops, and events sponsored by the Common Ground Center at Kresge. Stevenson's Sustainability house is dedicated to providing a living community that focuses on best practices for interacting with nature and reducing human negative impacts on the natural environment. They promote the idea of living a “greener” lifestyle on campus and also promote sustainable civic responsibility by working together on campus-wide community gardens and site stewardship restoration projects. Staff work directly with residents in planning activities and events about these issues through organizations at Stevenson as well as other campus-wide groups. Program in Community and Agroecology Village: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors from disciplines across the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities live, study, grow and prepare food together in the Village housing modules dedicated to PICA. The living/learning experience that the PICA residential program provides allows students a way to link healthy communities with healthy food systems. Cowell College Outdoor Pursuits and Sustainability Community houses students interested in outdoor activities and sustainability, from sports to community service. The College 8 Sustainability community is intended for students who are interested in issues related to sustainability and environmental consciousness. This community allows students to further demonstrate their commitment to the College Eight theme. Students will engage in dialogue around sustainability through programs offered by the residential staff as well as well as develop community standards around sustainability in the Residence Hall. Students will also have the opportunity to develop new ideas for sustainable practices within the College Eight community. In addition, students are also encouraged to attend or assist in planning campus events around sustainability including College Eight’s contribution to the campus’s Earth Day celebration.

In addition, the Student Sustainability Advisors in each college offer workshops and events that help students understand how to incorporate sustainability into their daily life.

Some of the features of the room include:
Instillation of a green flooring such as Marmoleum which is made out of Rapidly Renewable materials
Recycled carpet tiles
Ultra low-VOC Paints
Smart Strips and Kill-a-Watt meters
USB wall outlets
1.28gpf toilet along with a Reclaimed Water Toilet Supply from Sloan


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

Student Fee Measure 45 provides $2.75 per undergraduate student each quarter for the Sustainability Office to hire student interns, fund collaborative projects outlined in the campus sustainability plan, and provide initial funds for a revolving loan fund for projects that implement sustainable and cost saving technology and practices. The Sustainability Office has utilized these funds to support internship positions in the Campus Sustainability Office and in other departments across campus including the Provost's Sustainability Internship Program and the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program; provide staff support to student interns; and provide professional development and relationship-building opportunities to students working on sustainability issues, through conferences and workshops.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:

Students graduating from College 8, one of UCSC's 10 colleges take the following pledge at commencement. The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility

The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility

“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”


The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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