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Coastal Fund

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Coastal Fund (CF) was created and is funded by the students at the University of California, Santa Barbara in order to preserve and enhance the ecological integrity of the ...


The Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) was the first green fee in the UC system. It was created by students in the spring of 2006 with a charge to “reduce the ...


PhD emphasis in Economics and Environmental Science (EES)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Economics and Environmental Science (EES) emphasis at UCSB instills the ability to use economic tools in developing environmental approaches and policies. The program’s goal is to develop environmental ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2018
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Global Studies (PhD)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The PhD Program is a stand-alone degree (approximately 5-6 years). It provides an interdisciplinary degree for the study of global issues such as conflict, immigration, human rights, environment, and sustainable ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2018
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Literature and the Environment Specialization

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

How does literature affect environmental values and practices? Can a novel or poem make a more sustainable world? Environment literary criticism focuses on the ways in which literature shapes and ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2018
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Environmental Studies (BA & BS)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Environmental Studies Program offers two degrees, bachelor of arts (B.A.) and bachelor of science (B.S.) in environmental studies. While both environmental studies majors are similar in that ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2018
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Increasing Diversity in a Sustainability Internship Program

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Institutionalized forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, and homophobia are embedded throughout our society. One of the many ways that this materializes is in the hiring process and in ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Mapping the Pathway to STARS Platinum

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is the leading North American green/sustainable campus rating system developed by colleges and universities for colleges and universities. STARS provides ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Climate-Friendly Global Academic Conference with a Human Touch

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • University of Graz

Aviation is responsible for a large proportion of the climate impact of professional life in university communities. One much-discussed option for reducing this climate impact is to shift some conferencing ...

  • Posted Sept. 13, 2018
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Solarizing UC Santa Barbara

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In 2017 UCSB increased its onsite renewable energy generating capacity tenfold through a multi-site Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). UCSB now has over 5.3 megawatts (MW) of on-site solar capacity ...


Environmental Science (BA)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The bachelor of arts (B. A. ) degree in environmental studies addresses interdisciplinary relationships by providing maximum flexibility necessary for students to explore the social, cultural, and scientific issues pertaining to ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Environmental Science (BS)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The goal of the bachelor of science (B. S. ) degree is to train students to become proficient in the natural and physical sciences, as well as to be aware of ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Environmental Science & Management (PhD)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Economics and Environmental Science (EES) emphasis at UCSB instills the ability to use economic tools in developing environmental approaches and policies. The program’s goal is to develop environmental ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Literature & the Environment Minor

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Students in the Literature and the Environment minor explore environmental issues from British, American, and global perspectives, using a range of methodological approaches, with such emphases as non-human/human relations ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Earth Science with a Climate & Environment Emphasis

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

This major employs an integrated view of the earth as a dynamically linked system. Students take traditional geology courses while pursuing coursework in related disciplines, such as ocean, atmospheric, and ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Institutionalizing Research in Sustainability in the Context of Competing University Priorities

  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar will continue the conversation started in the first "Research in Sustainability" webinar. Presenters will focus on different models and strategies that support integrating research with operations in the ...

  • Posted March 22, 2018
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Tackling the Supply Chain-Proven Strategies to Source More Sustainable Food

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • Sodexo (FL)
  • Farm Forward (OR)

Colleges and universities play an important role supporting the development of sustainable food systems. Historically, sustainable dining programs have focused on sourcing local and organic produce. Increasingly universities are playing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Marine Debris & Plastic Source Reduction Toolkit for Colleges & Universities

  • University of California, San Francisco (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

EPA, the Product Stewardship Institute, and the University of California collaborated on this toolkit to help college campuses and other institutions cut their plastic waste and reduce marine debris and ...

  • Posted Aug. 17, 2017
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Calibrating MBA Job Preferences for the 21st Century

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Our research studies what MBAs in the 21st century care about during their job searches. We update the MBA job preference literature by using adaptive conjoint analysis to calibrate the ...

  • Posted July 21, 2017
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The Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) Project

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)
  • Fullerton College (CA)
  • Santa Ana College (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In Orange County, 36% of low-income households experience hunger at least once a day and well over 1/3 are children. Engaging students in experiential learning that addresses sustainability in ...


Prioritizing Co-curricular and Curricular Strategies to Create Sustainability Literate Graduates - and how to Measure Success

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

What are the most effective strategies and programs for creating sustainability literate graduates who are ready to go beyond the campus? What do we mean by effective-and how do we ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Project Managing STARS 2.1 Submission Process

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

A STARS submission requires a coordinated data collection effort across dozens of departments and individuals. This panel will explore the pros and cons of employing various project management strategies for ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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UCSB and Campus Sustainability Group Come to Agreement

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

This article describes an agreement regarding University of California, Santa Barbara's Long Range Development Plan between the University and Sustainable University Now (SUN), a coalition of community organizations). The ...


A Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference Model: White Paper & Practical Guide

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

This document was created to help stage nearly carbon-neutral (NCN) conferences based on a model first implemented at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) in May of 2016. Compared to fly-in conferences ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Universities and Sustainable Food Practices: An International Comparison Along the Pacific Coast of North America

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (AK)
  • Western Kentucky University (KY)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

My research project examined sustainable practices in relation to food sources at three universities located along the Pacific Coast of North America. The academic institutions were the University of Alaska ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Achieving Carbon Neutrality at UCSB by 2025: A Critical Analysis of Technological and Financial Strategies

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In 2013, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano established the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI), a commitment to eliminate all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025. As one ...

  • Posted July 28, 2016
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Gaucho Certified Farmers Market

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In the Fall of 2014, myself and a group of 5 other faculty members founded the first ever successful farmers market on the UC Santa Barbara campus.

The project was ...


Sustainable Science? Reducing the Carbon Impact of Scientific Mega-Meetings

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of North Texas (TX)

Scientists across the globe recognize the importance of reducing carbon emissions to combat climate change. At the same time, we have increased our carbon footprint through air travel to the ...


The engaged university: providing a platform for research that transforms society

  • National Science Foundation
  • USDA (IL)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Maine (ME)
  • Florida International University (FL)
  • New York University (NY)

Despite a growing recognition that the solutions to current environmental problems will be developed through collaborations between scientists and stakeholders, substantial challenges stifle such cooperation and slow the transfer of ...


Facing of Failure and How to Use it to Work Towards Your Sustainability Goals

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

AASHE Conferences are great for discussing successes: they help guide burgeoning institutions, provide expansion support to veteran institutions, and help build the case for sustainability. But what about failures? This ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Navigating the STARS 2.0 Experience: From Data Collection to Strategic Planning

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Stanford University (CA)

One of the most important attributes of AASHE's STARS 2.0 framework is to allow institutions to understand all aspects of their sustainability performance, benchmark their sustainability performance against ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Getting everyone on board with carbon neutrality: UC system best practices for faculty, student, and staff engagement

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In 2014, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, committing UC to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. President Napolitano formed a Global Climate Leadership Council to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The UC Global Food Initiative; Leveraging University Research and Best Practices to Achieve Ambitious Global Goals

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In July 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano challenged the University of California system to leverage the innovative research and best practices that we have developed through our operations and curriculum ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Redefining the Norms of Waste Management Through Behavioral Changes

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The UC-wide goal of Zero Waste by 2020 continues to encourage campuses to increase their waste diversion practices. At UCSB, we believe that we need to gain a better understanding ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Water Action Plan - How to achieve real water savings

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The University of California (UC) has committed to reducing their per capita potable water use by 20% by 2020. All UC Campuses are writing water action plans that outline strategies ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Waste Watching - Examining Metrics and Efficient Material Use

  • American University (DC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

This panel discussion will focus on addressing the importance of metrics as they relate to waste management, with a specific focus on tracking, analyzing, and utilizing waste data to improve ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UCSB Water Action Plan

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Water use and water shortages have the ability to create economic, social, and political conflicts. Over much of California, water management issues are magnified by the state's growing population ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Impure Public Good Consumption: A Field Experiment

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Impure public goods such as recycling, green electricity, and composting offer private consumption, warm glow through the private provision of the public good, and the potential for social rewards. Research ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bringing Your Green Fund to the Next Level: Creating Tomorrow's Leaders Through Student-Driven Internal Growth and Leadership Development

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Campus Green Funds are a necessary component for any college campus striving towards sustainability goals, though few realize its full potential. Since its inception in 1999, the student organization, Associated ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UCSB's Student Services Renewable Energy Initiative and the Net Zero Project

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Student Services Renewable Energy Initiative is a major component of our University's Division of Student Affairs' goal to achieve Zero Net Energy and LEED EB Gold Status for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building the New Green OR Greening the Already Built: Evaluating the optimal strategy for your campus

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Many higher education institutions across the country are investing efforts and resources in promoting and implementing sustainable practices on their campuses. However, while addressing the infrastructure, these institution often run ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Academic Staff to the Rescue

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Ellison Hall Sustainability Committee (EHSC), a 15-member group of faculty, staff and students representing six departments in University of California Santa Barbara's Ellison Hall, recently implemented the "Zero ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Laboratories: Occupants Make a Difference

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

At UCSB the Laboratory Research And Technical Staff (LabRATS) program evaluates laboratory practices to save energy, plastic, water, electronics and chemicals, while making the research itself more efficient. Our efforts ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Center for Energy Efficient Materials

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM) is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy. The principal activity ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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The Institute for Energy Efficiency

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Research initiatives at the Institute for Energy Efficiency are taking place across the efficiency spectrum. The Institute has organized these efforts into six Solutions Groups, each of which has selected ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PhD in Environmental Science & Management

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Bren School’s PhD program is designed to develop the broad knowledge, analytical powers, technical skills, and creative thinking demanded of leaders in Environmental Science and Management. The program ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Master of Environmental Science & Management

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Bren School welcomes to the Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) program students who bring a firm commitment to their academic studies and intend to pursue careers as ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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University of California, Santa Barbara Water Action Plan

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The University of California, Office of the President, has required that UC campuses prepare a water action plan that defines a strategy for reducing potable water use 20% by 2020 ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Prototyping a campus sustainability management system

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

A growing number of cities and universities have created sustainability plans that include specific environmental, social, and economic performance goals. Sustainability metrics or indicators are often used to track progress ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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University of California, Santa Barbara Water Action Plan

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The UCSB Water Action Plan (WAP) has three major project goals: determine historical and current campus water use in order to understand water use trends over time, identify and assess ...

  • Posted April 17, 2013
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