People of Color Sustainability Collective Leading the Way

October 14, 2019



Students at UC Santa Cruz illustrate their personal connections with sustainability and social justice at an event co-hosted by the PoCSC. Photo credit: Flora Lu

AASHE - The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, released its 2019 report in which PoCSC was highlighted for its great work done right here at UCSC.

AASHE publishes the Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) which rates "top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a voluntary framework used by hundreds of colleges and universities to measure, report, and strengthen their contributions to global sustainability."

In its Innovative and High-Impact Programs section, UCSC PoCSC was recognized:

"The People of Color Sustainability Collective (PoCSC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz aims to make UCSC a leader in environmental justice, in recognition of our changing demographics and pressing ecological challenges. PoCSC is accomplishing this by raising awareness about the contributions that people of color have made to the environmental sustainability movement; reexamining the definition and values of the sustainability movement to identify how it can be more inclusive of all underrepresented populations; and creating dialogue about environmental justice through student discussion spaces, social media awareness campaigns, workshops, and speaker presentations. The PoCSC Collective provides access to resources through a collaboration between the Ethnic Resource Centers, Colleges Nine and Ten and the UCSC Sustainability Office."

"The PoCS Collective represents a groundbreaking collaboration between the Ethnic Resource Centers, Colleges Nine and Ten, and the UCSC Sustainability Office, and we will continue to grow the coalition through outreach to departments, student organizations, and other units."