Sustainability Office Events

The Sustainability Office hosts a number of recuring events focused on environmental sustainability and social justice in our community. To keep up to date with our future events, please connect with us via Facebook page, Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter!


The Sustainability Office events are on pause over the Summer.
Check back in the Fall!

Spring Quarter 2022 

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    BIPOC in the Outdoors - May 11

    PoCSC (People of Color Sustainability Collective) and the Sustainability Office's SEJA team (Sustainability & Environmental Justice Ambassadors) are in collaboration!
    We'd like to plug our upcoming Meet & Gr(eat) that will take place next Wednesday from 5-6:30PM in the Cervantes Velasquez Room (3rd floor of Bay Tree Building, just before Ethnic Resource Centers). Our discussion topic is "BIPOC in the Outdoors," and we have invited a few guest panelists to zoom in and speak on their experiences in conservation, sustainability, and participation in local/state/national parks. This might also be a good time to ask any questions about career opportunities in this field. Vegan/veggie dinner will be provided--hence the Gr(eat) in Meet & Gr(eat) hehe--so please come drop by, eat, mingle, and don't forget to bring your reusable eating-ware!

  • Earth Month 2022 is here! Join us!

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    Inter-Organizational Retreat 2022 - April 8, 9 and 10

    Inter-Org in-person is BACK!
    As our lives return to "normal" we are excited to announce that Inter-Org 2022 will happen this year, during Earth Month!

    Come and camp with us at the YMCA in Boulder Creek! 

    Check out the Inter-Org 2022 page for more details.

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    Sustainability Office - Spring 2022 Lunch & Learn - April 28

    Come celebrate the Carbon Fund's 10 year anniversary!

    UCSC's Carbon Fund has been financially supporting diverse sustainable projects on campus for over 10 years. Come hear from past recipients, learn how you can submit for grants, and meet like minded eco- and socially-conscious friends.

    When: April 28, from 12 - 1:00 pm
    Where: Namaste Lounge

    Lunch will be available for the first 70 people.

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    Campus Clean Up - April 30th

    Help us keep our campus beautiful!

    As we end Earth Month, let's make campus look its best! Come volunteer to pick up litter across campus and learn more about UCSC waste.

    Please join the crew at 12:30 at the grassy triangle between tennis courts, swimming pool and field, and sign-up here:
    When - April 30th 12:30 - 3 pm 
    Where - meet at the grassy triangle by the tennis courts, pool and field
    Any questions please contact Programs Manager Derek Martin at


    Fall Quarter 2021

  • Sustainability Office Lunch & Learn - Climate Adaptation

    Ever wonder about the specific impacts climate change will have on the city of Santa Cruz? Come hear the City's Sustainability Director, Dr. Tiffany Wise-West explain local impacts and the "adaptation pathways" the City is implementing to make Santa Cruz more resilient to current and future climate realities.

    Via Zoom on August 2nd 12:00-1:00pm


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    Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education - Oct. 12 - 14

    UCSC is once again, the host institution for this great conference. Join us at the Sustainability Office and campus community, and don't miss this great opportunity. Check out the schedule, and join us!
    AS a UCSC affiliate, you can register for the conference free of charge with your UCSC email address.
    Click HERE to register (select Attendee); Make sure to use your UCSC email address. Before Checkout, enter promotional code UCSC09102021, apply. Voilá! You will also be subscribed to the Sustainability Office newsletter. 

    Spring Quarter 2021

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    Sustainability Office Film Series - Spring Screening: "The Need To Grow"

    Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary, The Need to GROW! The movie link will be sent to registered participants beforehand to watch on their own time, before the live Zoom Q & A on April 22nd 3:30-4:30pm.

    The Need To GROW takes you inside the hearts and innovations of three very different leaders — an 8-year-old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization — a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource-efficient agriculture — and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology. You can watch the trailer here. Please register here and participate!

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    Inter-Org / iLab Summit 2021 - May 15,16 & 17

    The InterOrg/iLab 2021 summit, A Sacred Basket: Healing on a Personal, Community, and Planetary Level will be taking place on May 15, 16th, and 17th.

    Fall Quarter 2020

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    Sustainability Fall 2020 "Lunch & Learn": Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education - October 20-22

    In lieu of our traditional Sustainability Office "lunch & learns" this quarter, the Sustainability Office is very excited to be a host institution for the conference by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  
    There will be several noteworthy keynote speakers this year, including Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be an Anti-Racist. With a theme of “Mobilizing for a Just Transition,” this year’s conference will focus on centering justice.
    UCSC Sustainability Office staff will be available live in "virtual exhibit booths" from Oct 20-22 if you would like to interact with other UCSC participants. Learn more through the conference program. Participation in the conference is FREE for all UCSC faculty, staff and students. Register here using discount code UCSCEDU100520 (you must register with your UCSC email address to apply the discount). All session recordings are viewable through Nov. 22.  
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    Sustainability Office Film Series - Fall Screening: "2040"

    Join the Sustainability Office for our Fall Screening of 2040 followed up by a 45 min Q&A with Ellen Vaughan, Water & Climate Action Manager, and Environmental Studies Professor Elliott Campbell.

    After you register, you will be able to watch the movie starting 48 hours prior to Q&A event. Please join us for the live Q & A at 2:45 pm-3:30pm PST on Dec 3rd.

    You will be sent a link to watch the film via email, and a secondary link will be provided to you for the Live Q&A Session.

    The film takes a solutions-based approach to how we can, using the technology we already have, mitigate the enormous global issues we currently face. The main themes/solutions looked at in the film are around: empowerment of women and girls; marine regeneration; regenerative agriculture; renewable energy; and circular economy. It's a story of hope, and a powerful tool to encourage people to take action. You can watch the trailer here.

    In registering for a ticket you are agreeing to be contacted by the 2040 campaign and the screening's co-hosting organization in order to receive your viewing link and about issues surrounding the screening.


    Spring Quarter 2020

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    THE STORY OF PLASTIC Film - May 14, 2 - 4:30 pm

    The Sustainability Office invites you to the virtual screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC followed up by a Q & A on May 14, 2-4:30 pm. Please register via Eventbrite by May 13, 2 pm. This new documentary film by Deia Schlosberg which exposes the local and global environmental, climate, justice, and health impacts of the plastic industry, was released on April 22, in honor of Earth Day.
    Don't miss the film and the Q&A, part of our Virtual Earth Day events. Watch the trailer, and please join us!


    Winter Quarter 2020

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    Sustainability Winter 2020 Lunch & Learn: Sustainable Transportation

    The Sustainability Office and Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 17 for our Winter Quarter Campus Sustainability Plan Lunch & Learn focused on sustainable transportation at UCSC.
    This event was canceled due to COVID-19.
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    Styrofoam Collection Program - March 2020

    The Sustainability Office, Grounds, and Environmental Health & Safety collaborated to set up a quarterly Styrofoam Collection Program, starting in 2012, for labs and all other departments who may have high influxes of Styrofoam. Annually we collect approximately 1,500 lbs of styrofoam!
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    Freezer Challenge

    Dec. - Apr. 2020 Implement sustainable lab freezer management.
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    Sustainability & Social Justice Inter Organizational Retreat 2020

    More than 100 UCSC undergraduate students, staff, and alumni, 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.

    Fall Quarter 2019

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    Roasts & Researchers - Dec 2019

    Join the UCSC Green Labs Team for coffee, bagels and discussion.
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    Sustainability Fall 2019 Lunch and Learn: Zero Waste Update

    The Sustainability Office invites you to join us for our Fall Quarter Lunch & Learn on Thursday, December 5th to hear an update on the status of UC Santa Cruz recycling, learn about exciting campus progress, and test your recycling knowledge! 



    Spring Quarter 2019

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    Sustainability Spring 2019 Lunch and Learn: Zero Waste

    From beginner to avid recycler, everyone will have something to learn at this Lunch & Learn co-hosted by Sustainability Programs Manager, Kristen Lee, and the student-led Zero Waste Team. We'll have interactive games, food and more! 
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    Green Lab Vendor Fair

    Join us to find out the latest in sustainable lab equipment to help us help you become a GREENER lab!

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    Go Low Carb(on) at the Arb - 2019

    In honor of Cool Campus Challenge and plant enthusiasts, the Arboretum and UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office will host Carbon Planting - Go Low Carb at the ArbJoin us in celebration of this collaborative effort!
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    Campus Clean Up - 2019

    Join the Zero Waste Team in cleaning our campus by clearing it of litter as a community! This year we will have free food, DIY planters, a ton of free prizes and giveaways & volunteers will engage in environmental and social justice dialogue. 

    Winter Quarter 2019

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    Sustainability Winter 2019 Lunch and Learn: Cool Campus Challenge

    Come learn about UCSC's top initiatives to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We'll present on the Cool Campus Challenge, a UC-wide online sustainability challenge where students and staff pledge to take simple, sustainable actions to reduce our resource consumption. 
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    Sustainability Inter-Organizational Retreat 2019

    More than 100 UCSC students, staff, alumni, and faculty 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.