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Expanding Sustainability: University of California, Santa Cruz’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program featuring the “Intersections Between Diversity & Environment” course

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The UC Santa Cruz Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program (DICP) educates staff, faculty, and graduate students to undertake in-depth examinations of how we, through recognizing and understanding of our differences ...


A Climate Change Module for Introduction to Sociology Classes

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Best selling Introduction to Sociology textbooks typically cover climate change only briefly and only very late in the semester. This module is designed to aid sociology faculty in adding a ...

  • Posted Dec. 6, 2019
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People of Color Sustainability Collective

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

People of Color Sustainability Collective


Connecting Academic and Administrative Units through Sustainability Professional Development

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The Sustainability Certificate program was developed in 2017-18 to foster meaningful dialog and empower leadership in sustainability among campus employees. The program connects a diversity of departments and initiatives engaged ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Campus Sustainability Programs Fee

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Distributes funds to student organizations for programs and events that facilitate collaboration between students, administration, faculty, and the community to create, implement, and monitor environmentally sound practices on campus.


Student Health Center Green Building Fee

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Funds the purchase and installation of green materials, implements green practices, and obtains a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "Silver" certification for the Cowell ...


Sustainable Food, Health, and wellness fee

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Provides funding for programming and educational support related to sustainable food and health and wellness initiatives for undergraduate students.


Sustainability Office Fee

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Provides funding for the Sustainability Office to engage undergraduate students by hiring more student interns, funding collaborative projects outlined in campus sustainability plan, and providing initial funds for a revolving ...


Carbon Fund (formerly Renewable Energy Fee)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

In 2010, UCSC students changed the use of the funds through the passage of Measure 44. This created UCSC’s Carbon Fund to be a new point of pride and ...


Inclusive Sustainability: Environmental Justice in Higher Education

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate why and how efforts at UC Santa Cruz have begun to shift from sustainability as a technical, expert-oriented activity focused on aspects ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Pedestrian Planning on College Campuses

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

College campuses provide an ideal setting to promote walking, and on-campus pedestrian planning efforts can provide leadership for the wider community as well.


University of California's Presidential Initiative for Carbon Neutrality: A Multi-Institutional, Multi-Dimensional Perspective

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

The 2014 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative builds on pioneering work on climate research to make all ten campuses carbon neutral in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. All UC ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Working Towards 'Inclusive Sustainability' at the University of California, Santa Cruz

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) has served as a national forerunner in many areas of campus sustainability. Both nationally and locally, environmental movements have not always been inclusive ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Climate & Energy Strategy

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

UC Santa Cruz convenes staff, students and faculty to discuss how to meet the UC systemwide goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 and next steps for implementation of the ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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Renewable Energy Projects at UC Santa Cruz

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, a cross-disciplinary group of engineering undergraduates--the "Green Wharf Renewable Energy Project" team--shows off its senior capstone design project, a low-impact marine microgrid energy ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UCSC Climate & Energy Strategy- A Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2025

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Over the past 18 months, UCSC has been implementing a process to develop a comprehensive Climate and Energy Strategy (CES) to support its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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How not what: teaching sustainability as process

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Ever since the word “sustainability” entered public discourse, the concept has escaped definition. The United Nations has christened the years 2005–2014 “The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Weight-based Metrics for Zero Waste 2020: Innovations in Automation Critical to Waste Diversion

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • Creative Microsystems Inc (WA)

In spite of its importance, diverting recovered resources continues to pose fundamental problems for campus managers. In reaction to this problem, UCSC staff have redefined the apparatus of billing and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Embracing the Silos: The Benefits of Disciplinary Purity in Achieving Campus Sustainability in Waste Reduction

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Since the Great Recession, UCSC has not employed a Recycling Coordinator with the interdepartmental authority to administer the campus vision of waste reduction as planned for the campus Zero Waste ...

  • 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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Sustainability Officers’ Workshop: Essential Facilitation Tools & Technology to Advance Communication Skills, Leadership, and Project Management on Your Campus

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

Having strong facilitation skills enables sustainability staff and leadership to engage their communities in designing and implementing successful programs. From effectively facilitated meetings to purposeful project designs, these skills are ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Planning for the Future: Creating and Achieving Campus Sustainability Goals

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)

This panel will include case studies from campuses that have set rigorous sustainability goals. Presenters come from a variety of universities, including both public and private institutions that are in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Cognitive Apprenticeship through Documentation Projects in Digital Media

  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

Given the expense and time intensity of educational projects that involve video or other digital/image production equipment, editing software, production costs, end product management and maintenance etc. sustainability educators ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Program Recognizing Offices Practicing Sustainability: A New Approach to Green Office Certification

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

By applying research of community based social marketing techniques and utilizing funds from grants produced through student fees, students and staff housed under the campus sustainability office have developed Program ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UC, Santa Cruz: Sustainabilty Project Clearinghouse 1.0

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The web-based Sustainability Project Clearinghouse 1.0 was created to track completed, ongoing, and proposed high quality sustainability projects that have been vetted by UCSC faculty and staff. The creation ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Capacity: Attracting and Retaining a Network of Sustainability Project Mentors

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

IDEASS (Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service) is an upper-division university program that supports collaborative service-learning projects. IDEASS students learn not only about the technical, humanistic and societal ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Curriculum Design: Balancing Academic Rigor with Successful Student Project Implementation

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Educational initiatives in sustainability often promote student activism through service-learning projects or internships. The educational merit of practical opportunities for students to apply their academic learning to contemporary challenges concerning ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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From Presidents' Climate Commitment to the Real Food Challenge: Bringing Sustainable Food to Your Campus

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Struggling to develop a sustainable food procurement policy at your school? Looking to engage students in sustainability measures on campus?

By uniting students across the country, the Real Food Challenge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Students Recognizing Excellence in Campus Food Service: the Real Food Calculator and Awards

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

College food gets a bad rap. But there's also a lot to celebrate.

The Real Food Awards honor the people who produce, prepare, organize around, and coordinate campus food ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Sustainability Plan 1.0 - a framework for transformative action

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

UCSC drafted its first comprehensive Campus Sustainability Plan (the Plan) during the 2009-10 academic year, building on a long history of environmental stewardship and nine years of active campus sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Integrating Farm to College Efforts: Education, Policy, & Research

  • Brown University (RI)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

At present, we stand at a critical moment as sustainable food system initiatives spread on colleges and universities across the country. From farm to college programs, fair trade & farm ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Greening Operations & Maintenance: Implementing LEED for Existing Buildings in a Campus Setting

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

While many campuses cite new LEED certified buildings as evidence of their commitment to sustainability, the higher education sector has been slow to adopt the US Green Building Council's ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UCSC Sustainability Assessment

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The 2007 UCSC Sustainability Assessment was created to assess UCSC's current standing in sustainability and where UCSC could use improvement. This poster showcases the Assessment by explaining the process ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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From Operations to Mission: Finding Points of Pedagogical Leverage in Campus Sustainability Initiatives

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Drawing on case studies and research conducted at the University of California Santa Cruz, this paper discusses the integration of campus sustainability initiatives and academic curriculum in universities. It explores ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student Directed Bicycle Education Course Creates Community Understanding

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

This project addresses the challenges UCSC faces with implementing sustainable transportation. The primary mode of campus transportation is via automobile. The cost of automobile use for the UC, students, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS or the Center) is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
  • Research Centers & Institutes
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Environmental Studies (BS)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

In the Environmental Studies Undergraduate Major, students learn how to move towards a more sustainable future for human and ecological systems. Courses in environmental studies provide training not only in ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PhD in Environmental Studies

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Established in 1994, the Doctoral program* in the Department of Environmental Studies at UCSC emphasizes close faculty-student interactions, department-wide intellectual exchange, and cross-discipline innovation. The goal of our Ph.D ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Natural Resources for the Public Good: A Student Campaign to End the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles and Fight Water Privatization at the University of California, Santa Cruz

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Student campaigns to end the sale of plastic water bottles have grown in popularity in the United States over the past five years. However, most campaigns rely on information dissemination ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The University of California Santa Cruz's Campus Sustainability Plan 1.0: a Case Study in Transformative Action for Change

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

UCSC's first comprehensive Campus Sustainability Plan (the Plan), drafted during the 2009-10 academic year, used a consultative leadership approach, a focus on building strong relationships, and an effective outreach ...