Sustainability Inter-Organizational Retreat

The Sustainability Inter-Organizational Retreat

Hello, UCSC Sustainable Slugs! You are invited to the 7th Annual Sustainability Inter-Organizational Retreat!

There is still time to sign up to attend Friday night of the retreat on-campus. Our Saturday and Sunday spots are full, but you can sign up for the waitlist. All attendees and those signing up for the waitlist must RSVP here.

When: Friday, January 19 - Sunday, January 21

  • Friday night dinner
  • All day Saturday, January 20
  • Sunday, January 21 until noon
CSP - info coming soon

Where: Friday night's events take place on campus. Saturday and Sunday will be at YMCA Camp Campbell, 16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA (20 miles from campus).

What: This retreat is a fun chance for you to take a weekend vacation to Camp Campbell where you can meet others that are working on sustainability and social justice projects on campus and collaborate! More than 100 UCSC students, staff, alumni, and faculty will spend the weekend sharing meals, learning leadership skills, participating in visioning activities around the past, present, and future of UCSC sustainability, making new friends, and strengthening existing relationships.

The theme this year is "Decolonizing Sustainability: Challenging myths and disrupting narratives." We like the way that Portland State University describes this theme: "This focal point encourages us to consider how the mainstream environmental and sustainability movements may perpetuate processes that lead to colonization and domination. It is important, as sustainability becomes more integrated into our global perspective, to question how widely practiced methods for achieving sustainability may be rooted in historical systems of oppression." This year, we are hoping to continue to reimagine what "sustainability" means to our campus, and the planning committee--made up of students from a number of organizations--is working to bring topics like social justice, equity, and inclusion into the forefront of the retreat. You and your organization are invited to attend, as well as help to design and co-create the retreat through hosting workshops, sharing your ideas with our planning team, or even joining our planning team!

Transportation: We will be organizing carpools and vanpools to Camp Campbell for Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

Cost: This event is funded by student fee Measure 45: all food, housing, and supplies will be provided!

Alumni Panel: We will be having an alumni panel on Friday night and other opportunities for UCSC alumni to participate in the retreat. We would love to invite your alumni! Please let us know if you have any alumni we can reach out to.

If you would like to take part in the planning process, have any questions or want to learn more, please email Jessica Sanchez.

Volunteering: If you are interested in joining the planning committee, volunteering, or attending at the 2017 retreat, please contact Jessica Sanchez-Sanchez ( or Melissa Ott (


Past Retreat Photos