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. It is a great place to start as an introduction to student involvement in campus sustainability. General Gatherings take place on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 in the College 8 Student Commons (Red Room). Their current campaigns include:
- Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus
- Gardeners' Alliance Group
- Bike Library
- Bike Class
- Auditing Program
- Drop Your Own Drip
- The mission of the People of Color Sustainability Collective is to make UCSC a leader not just in mainstream sustainability, but also environmental justice, in recognition of our changing demographics and pressing ecological challenges. Find out more on their website.
- 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. General Gatherings take place with SEC on Wednesdays in the Red Room. Visit the website for more information or contact email@example.com.
- CAN is an international network that connects students to rural communities and food systems around the world. FoCAN engages UCSC students in learning and educating others about alternative food systems, primarily through internships. General Gatherings take place every Tuesday from 6-8 PM at the Sustainability Center (Building A3 in the Village). Visit the website for more information or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. There are Drop-in Garden Workdays every Saturday from 10am-2pm at the Foundational Roots Garden in the Village, which includes a free home-cooked meal! Visit the website for more information or contact Olivia Thom at email@example.com.
- 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. Visit the website for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gaia Magazine is the student-run environmental magazine that aims to provide coverage of sustainability-related issues and initiatives on, or linked to, the UCSC campus, as well as the broader community, in order to further awareness and inspire constructive action. Gaia welcomes submissions from UCSC students, publishing online content year round in addition to an annual print issue in the Spring. Visit the website for more information or contact email@example.com.
- The mission of Common Ground is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. They act as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement. Visit the website for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The California Student Sustainability Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports and connects students from across California to help them transform their educational institutions into models of sustainability. For more information, visit the website.
- FSWG works to bring sustainably grown food produced by socially responsible operations to campus dining halls and through a collaborative process, promote education and awareness of our food system. To learn more, visit the website or email email@example.com.
- Sea Slugs is an ocean-minded campus organization dedicated to environmental stewardship. It is an excellent opportunity for students (both undergrad and grad) to engage in the greater community through public service while making a positive impact on the local environment. Their ties with local organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation, Save Our Shores, Save the Waves, The Clean Oceans Project, etc, can help dial students in to the local oceanic environmental community. Visit the website for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gente de la Tierra (GDLT) provides a space for students of color and communities to express their struggles on social, economic, environmental and cultural issues through dialogue, art and other forms of activities as a healing process. Community members of GDLT believes bringing awareness is a start to address the current issues with interdisciplinary resolutions from UCSC’s different departments and initiating those issues in communities as a spiritual empowerment movement. To learn more, visit their website.
- Nourish International at UCSC engages in social entrepreneurship and works alongside communities abroad to implement sustainable development projects aimed at eradicating poverty. Follow them on Facebook.
- email@example.com or visiting their webiste.
- To learn how to get involved, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
- A student sustainability organization, opened the Stevenson Garden in the Spring of 2011. Their goal is to create a learning space to bring the Stevenson community together and to promote sustainability within the college.
The Kresge Garden Cooperative's goal is to maintain and develop the space of the Kresge Garden. This includes the cultivation of the soil as well as the cultivation of the spirit. The creative permaculture practices that the cooperative applies value the interdependent and cyclical essence of nature. They do this through an autonomous and consensus based decision making process, with a horizontal power structure. Part of the cultivation of the garden rely on the passing down of knowledge through mentorship, a student based educational experience that reinforces and maintains the structure of the cooperative as well as the garden space. For more information, visit their website.
- Oakes Garden is an environment to cultivate the mind, body, and soul, while also bringing awareness to global social justice issues associated with environmental impacts.