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Happy Earth Week!

APRIL 10-30, 2016 Published every two weeks by College Eight. Edited by Kelsee Hurshman.

To list your events, or to add or remove your name from this list, contact Kelsee at khurshma@ucsc.edu

ON CAMPUS SEMINARS/EVENTS 4/11 12:30-1:40pm, ISB 221 Environmental Studies Seminar: David Schlosberg –Disturbance, Disruption, and Displacement: Environmental Justice and Community in the Anthropocene

4/11 5-6:45pm, Media Theatre, Climate Justice Series: Emily Eliza Scott - Specters of Aridity: Desertification in California and Beyond

4/13 12:30-1:40pm, Natural Sciences Annex 101 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar: Donald Miles - Physiological approaches for predicting extinction risk in lizards due to climate change

4/15 2-4pm, McHenry Library Room 4286, Introducing Contemplative Approaches to Higher Education: A Public Roundtable with Leaders in the Field http://ihr.ucsc.edu/event/contemplative-pedagogy-symposium/

4/16 9am-5pm, Humanities 1, Room 210 Contemplative Pedagogy Symposium http://ihr.ucsc.edu/event/contemplative-pedagogy-symposium/

4/16 10am-2pm, Workshop: Simple Farmers’Market Meals on a Low Budget https://apm.activecommunities.com/opers/Activity_Search/3555

4/16 10-11:30pm, Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room – Life After UCSC: Undocumented Alumni Experiences

4/18 10am-2pm, PICA A-quad (Entrance to the Village at UCSC) UCSC Earth Week - Garden Party

4/18 12:30-1:40pm, ISB 221 Environmental Studies Seminar: Daniel Stahler – A New Era for Carnivore Science and Conservation: Lessons from Yellowstone

4/18 12-3pm, College 9/10 Multi Purpose Room, UCSC Earth Week - Conservation Carnival

4/18 5-6:14pm, Media Theater, Climate Justice Series: Reverend Billy “The Earth Wants YOU!”

4/18 7:15am-11pm, College 9/10 Dining Hall, UCSC Earth Week - Healthy Monday

4/20 5:30pm-7:30pm, College Eight Red Room, SEC Spring General Gathering

4/20 12:30-1:40pm, Natural Sciences Annex 101 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar: Mike Letnic – Keystone effects of Australia’s top-predator

4/20 5-7pm, Kresge Seminar Room 159, UCSC Earth Week - Earth Mind, Body and Soul at the World Café

4/21, 5:30-9 PM, College 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room, 10th Annual HOPE International Music Festival, Changing the Climate of Environmental Racism, https://events.ucsc.edu/event/3599

4/21 6-7:30pm, College Eight Red Room, UCSC Earth Week - Food Fight Forum: What Does it Mean to Eat?

4/21 6-10pm, TBA LEED Green Associate (GA) Training http://leadinggreen.ca/santacruz

4/22 11:30am-2:30pm, College 9/10 Dining Hall & MPR, UCSC Earth Week - Local and Organic Tasting Fair

4/22 8-10pm, Social Sciences Lawn at 9/10, UCSC Earth Week - WALL-E in the Evening

4/23 2-3:45pm, Porter Meadow, UCSC Earth Week - Understanding Bird Language with Jon Young

4/23 6-8pm, College Eight Red Room, UCSC Earth Week - Cowspiracy Screening

4/24 11am-4:30pm, College 9/10 Multi Purpose Room, UCSC Earth Week -14th Annual Earth Summit

4/24 11:45am-2pm, Crown/Merrill Dining Hall, UCSC Earth Week - Farm Friday

4/24 5-8pm, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing/West End Tap (Swift Street Courtyard) UCSC Earth Week – Sustainability Alumni Reunion

4/25 12:30-1:40pm, ISB 221 Environmental Studies Seminar: Andrew Szasz – Environmental Justice: Movement, Research, Metanarrative

4/25 5-7pm, College Eight Upper Field, UCSC Earth Week - Sustainable Food Choice Fair

4/26 10am-6pm, UCSC Earth Week - UCSC’s First Annual Campus Clean Up Day

4/26 6-7:30pm, Kresge Town Hall, UCSC Earth Week - 50th Reunion Event! We are Wiser Together: Igniting Possibilities Through Intergenerational Connection.

4/23-24, Kresge College, UCSC Bioneers Conference, https://events.ucsc.edu/event/3491

4/25 5-6:45pm, Media Theater, Climate Justice Series: Ashley Dawson Extinction and the Future of the Global Environmental Commons

4/27 12:30-1:40pm, Natural Sciences Annex 101 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar: Molly Cummings – Sex, lies, and videopolarimetry: Unraveling mechanisms of communication and crypsis in fish brains and skins

4/29 15th Annual Earth Summit, https://events.ucsc.edu/event/3600

4/29 10am-12pm, Merrill Cultural Center, The Jungle and the Beast http://ihr.ucsc.edu/event/the-jungle-and-the-beast-a-conversation-with-lewis-watts-and-oscar-martinez/


Sundays 9am-12pm, Kresge Garden Kresge Co-op Garden Work Day

Mondays 10-12 Kresge Garden Work Hours

Mondays 12:15-1:45pm, Kresge 166 Take Back the Tap Meetings

Mondays 2-3pm & Tuesdays 3:30-4:30, Oakes 307 Demeter Seed Library Office Hours

Mondays 3:30-4:30pm, GVC area of McHenry, Waste Prevention Campaign Meeting

Mondays 5-7pm, Kresge Seminar Room 159 The World Café: Food, Tea, and Conversations that Matter - Common Grounds

Tuesdays 6-7pm, Kresge Room 159 Permaculture Film Series

Wednesdays 1:30-5:30pm Cedar St & Lincoln St, Downtown Santa Cruz Downtown SC Farmers Market

Wednesdays 6-8pm, A3 classroom in the Village Friends of Community Agroecology Network Meetings (FoCAN)

Thursday 9-11am, Kresge Garden Work Hours

Thursdays 12-4pm, Quarry Plaza UCSC Farm Produce Pop-up

Thursdays 4-5pm, ARCenter, Student Environmental Center Green Building Campaign

Fridays 1-4pm Stevenson Garden Work Day

Fridays 4-6pm Kresge Garden Work Party

Fridays 4-5pm, ARCenter, Student Environmental Center Green Building Campaign

Saturdays and Sundays 1&3pm, Wharf Stage behind Olitas Restaurant Santa Cruz Wharf Eco-Tour learn more


4/1 6-7pm, Sanctuary Exploration Center: Sanctuary Speaker Series: Marine Debris Education and Art http://santacruz.hilltromper.com/events/sanctuary-speaker-series-marine-debris-education-and-art

4/10 1-3pm, 800 Quail Hallow Road, Felton – Chicks in the City, Hens in the Hood, http://tinyurl.com/jav4sp8

4/16 11am-4pm, San Lorenzo Park, Earth Day Santa Cruz http://scearthday.org/

4/27 7-8:30pm, Villa Ragusa, A Tunnel for Them, Trails for Us! http://santacruz.hilltromper.com/events/tunnel-them-trails-us

4/29 6-8pm, Pono Hawaiian Grill, Sustainability Alumni Gathering


Spring Quarter: Media Theater, Climate Justice Now! Art, Activism, Environment Today, Center for Creative Ecologies, UCSC, https://creativeecologies.ucsc.edu/

4/16-22, College 9-10 Multipurpose Room, UCSC Earth Week, http://eight.ucsc.edu/activities/event-highlights/earth-week/index.html

4/21, 5:30-9 PM, College 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room, 10th Annual HOPE International Music Festival, Changing the Climate of Environmental Racism, https://events.ucsc.edu/event/3599

4/23-24, Kresge College, UCSC Bioneers Conference, https://events.ucsc.edu/event/3491

4/29/2016, 15th Annual Earth Summit, https://events.ucsc.edu/event/3600



Searchable Calendars

See also Volunteer page for upcoming events

UCSC Searchable Calender
ongoing Various kinds of activities

campus events calendars

EcoCruz searchable calendar
ongoing Various kinds of activities with local green organizations. Ecocruz.org

College 8 Events often green and social justice.

Selected On-Going Events

Complete List (see below for one time date specific events)

Common Ground Center (Kresge) The mission of Common Ground is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. We act as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement.

Science on Tap, informal talks downtown.

LongNow Seminar Series

Human activities increasingly dominate and endanger nine crucial planetary systems. Along with the familiar ones---climate, biodiversity, and chemical pollution---we have to add atmospheric aerosols, ocean acidification, excess nitrogen from agriculture, too much land sacrificed to agriculture, freshwater scarcity, and ozone depletion. To secure what scientists are calling "a safe operating space for humanity" on Earth requires considerabe finesse to work within those systems. How we collectively step up to that responsibility will determine whether "the Anthropocene" (the geological era shaped by humans) will be a tragedy or humanity's greatest accomplishment.

British environmentalist Mark Lynas is the author of one of the finest climate books, Six Degrees, and a new work, The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans, which spells out a cohesive Green program for this century guided by the nine boundaries.

"The Nine Planetary Boundaries: Finessing the Anthropocene," Mark Lynas, Long Now talk on 3/6 link and video

April 20 (Fri.) - Edward O. Wilson, (video)

April 23 (Mon.) - Charles Mann, "Living in the Homogenocene: The First 500 Years" (video)

Jim Richardson: Heirlooms: Saving Humanity's Food Legacy

Michael Pollan: Deep Agriculture

May 22 (Tue.) - Susan Freinkel, "Eternal Plastic: A Toxic Love Story"video.

This is one of a monthly series of Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) organized by The Long Now Foundation. Free audio and my summaries of all previous talks are available for download here (or stay up to date with the podcast here). You'll find a range of long-term thinking items on our Blog (RSS). If you would like to be notified by email (like this one) of forthcoming talks, go here to sign up online. Any questions, contact Danielle Engelman at Long Now -- 415-561-6582 x1 or danielle@longnow.org. Link

Agroecology Events at The Farm
on-going The Farm sponsors lots of activities, including how to make your own holiday gifts and how to grow your own fruits and vegetables. See their calendar

Campus Sustainability Student orgs

Student Environmental Center (SEC): 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 6:30-8:30 in the College 8 Student Commons (Red Room). For more information visit the website or e-mail the current Co-Chairs.

Friends of the Sustainability Office (FoSO): A student organization that works to educate the campus community about sustainability, change behaviors, and connect the many different organizations and stakeholders on campus that care about sustainability. FoSO runs a green office certification program and associated course, hosts events, and works closely with the Sustainability Office to help institutionalize sustainability on campus. FOSO students work on hands-on projects with lasting impact. For more information visit the website or email Nikki, for more information.

Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP): 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 eslp@ucsc.edu.

Friends of the Community Agroecology Network (FoCAN): 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 Amanda.

Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA): 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 Bethany.

This list is not complete, for all and links see here

Commonwealth Club
On-going Various Bay Area Locations

The Commonwealth Club routinely brings some of the smartest people anywhere to speak, often on green topics. Many of these talks are broadcast on NPR and podcast. See also Climate One series of talks. video highlights

OPERS Recreation
ongoing Outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing etc, some related to nature at OPERS.

Samples of upcoming: Vegan cooking Herb Walk Kayak Elkhorn Slough and Ocean, Kayak Whale Watching, Animal Tracking , and Food Systems

Save Our Shores
ongoing Dockwalker Santa Cruz Program.

Come join Save Our Shores and help get the the word out about oil spill prevention, recycling used oil and clean and green boating. After a brief training session, volunteers will tour the harbor with SOS representatives speaking to boaters and distributing free supplies for oil spill prevention. Together we can help keep our harbors clean. Contact Lauren at Save Our Shores for more information: lauren@saveourshores.org River cleanups also. Phone: 462-5660 ext.6# Email: lauren@saveourshores.org Link to register

Save the Bay (South Bay Events)
on-going Example: Winter Planting Project along San Francisquito Creek (Palo Alto)

Saturday, January 10 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free In partnership with City of Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

Let's take advantage of the winter rains and restore wetlands at the Palo Alto Baylands. This unique wetland habitat that was saved from development in the 1950s by concerned citizens and is now home to many native species, including shorebirds and fish such as steelhead trout. Planting native seedlings like alkali heath and sea lavender will make way for a healthy Bay.

Help us celebrate World Wetlands Day and we'll celebrate you! Plant native species like California poppy and bee plant to restore this critical wetland habitat and we'll reward you with food, refreshments, and giveaways immediately following the project. Volunteer support is critical in reaching our restoration goals and we want you to know we appreciate your hard work!

South Bay events

Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab

Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab Event Calendar

First Tuesdays Free See also Docent Training Begins School guides: September 24 (9 AM-12:30 PM), September 29(6-9 PM), October 1 (9 AM-12:30 PM), October 6 (6-9 PM), and October 8 (9 AM-12:30 PM).

Marine mammal Research tours

Raptor Observation

Student Internships Contact information for this listing: Seymour Center Link


Link video overview

monthly Tours and Training Classes for Arboretum Volunteers link. Arboretum Community Day

Free Admission - First Tuesday Each Month 11/01/2011 Tuesday,Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM The first Tuesday of each month, the Arboretum invites the community to visit the Arboretum gardens without charge. Since we are self-supporting, we still graciously accept donations and encourage you to shop at Norrie's Gift Shop, where all proceeds benefit the Arboretum. Location: Arboretum Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Arboretum admission is usually $5 adults, $2 youth between 6-17 years.

Contact information for this event: Name: Susie Bower Phone: (831) 427-2998 Email: susiehb@ucsc.edu link

Xerox PARC Forum
Thursdays Talks on innovation and entrepreneurship in Palo Alto. Free. Streamable live and video archived online. Recent example, Saul Griffith on high altitude wind and inflatable electric car and hydrofoil.


Cafe Scientifique
ongoing Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café provides a forum for debating science issues outside a traditional academic context. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable - all spoken in plain English. There is no admission charge to attend our events. Building on its great success outside the United States, Café Scientifique Silicon Valley is the first such Café on the West Coast. We meet monthly to discuss a variety of science topics (often green).

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More On-going Events

Date Specific

Global Climate Justice Today
October 13-27

Global Climate Justice Today UC Santa Cruz October 13-27, 2015 Free and open to the public (seats on a first-come basis).

This series of talks at UC Santa Cruz—featuring Valentin Lopez (Amah Mutsun Tribal Band), Flora Lu (UC Santa Cruz), Néstor L. Silva (Stanford University), Leila Salazar-Lopez (Amazon Watch), Andy Szasz (UC Santa Cruz), T.J. Demos (UC Santa Cruz), and Paulo Tavares (Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London/Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador)—investigates the current meanings of climate justice for communities from California to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Climate justice is built on the realization that addressing environmental change must be accompanied by attentiveness to structural inequalities, and that any solution must prioritize socio-political and economic justice and include the participation of those most vulnerable to environmental impacts. As such, it raises ongoing questions of political-ecological urgency for artists and activists alike:

How have new legal orders—such as the rights of nature enshrined recently in the constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia—bolstered Indigenous environmental activism, as well as been contradicted by government-supported resource extraction as in Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park?

How is climate change being currently addressed within religious communities in the North inspired by Pope Francis’ influential 2015 Encyclical on the Environment?

How does climate change relate to histories of colonial violence and how is this legacy being challenged presently?

What creative ecologies exist within artistic-activist practice that provide resources for addressing climate justice today?

Organized by T.J. Demos and the Center for Creative Ecologies, Global Climate Justice Today responds to these pressing questions related to how we address the social, economic, and ecological impacts of our changing environment, and what political recourse and artistic-activist sites of agency remain. Climate Justice Today is generously sponsored by UCSC’s Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence, UCSC’s Colleges Nine and Ten, UCSC's American Indian Resource Center, and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.


Practical Activism Conference
Sat 10/24

Mark your calendar for a day of inspiration, education, and practical ways to be involved in important social change!

College Nine, College Ten, and Oakes College present the 13th Annual Practical Activism Conference Tools for Local and Global Change

Saturday, October 24th, 2015 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room, UCSC

A day long student led conference featuring keynote speaker Eden Silva Jequinto (Activist, Law Student, Social Justice Advocate, and UCSC alum), ten workshops, hands-on activist activities, spoken word artists, and tabling by campus and community organizations.

Workshop Topics: Unmet Needs of Queer & Trans Students, Color Coded Crime, California Drought & Impact on Field Workers, Sexual Assault & Title IX, Grassroots Organizing and Direct Action, Homelessness, Media and Social Change, Global Weapons Trade, Human Right Violations in Immigration Detention Centers, and UC Tuition Hikes.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration on site. For more information/accommodations contact coco@ucsc.edu. link

Utopian Dreaming Conference

In 2015, UCSC is celebrating its 50thanniversary, and Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopiaits 40th. Both are products of a fertile period of ferment across California, during the 1960s and 1970s. Why has California been such a fertile and fruitful site for “Utopian Dreaming,” in film, fiction, media, design, architecture, mobility, electronics, intentional communities,ecology and environment, counter-culture and social movements? What kinds of futures has California come to represent? What has been the role of UCSC in these imaginaries of the future. Does California remain a Promised Land, or is it a Land of Squandered Promise?

On November 6th and 7th, 2015, join scholars, students, observers and utopian dreamers , in a conference to celebrate those anniversaries and explore visions of the future that have emerged from California and UCSC about California and UCSC. Presentations will run the gamut from Ecotopia to Technodystopia, from the real to the fantasized, from the past to the future, assessing the impacts of utopian imaginaries on culture, politics, environment, cities, beliefs and ideologies at UCSC, across California, and beyond.

11/6-7 Utopian Dreaming Conference (see here for more information.

Past Events

(These often repeat)

Earth Summit Forum: Academics and Curriculum
W 3/4

Join the Student Environmental Center, other organizations, and the campus community in exploring sustainability topics during the Earth Summit Forums. This week's topic is Academics and Curriculum.

The Student Environmental Center Earth Summit Forums, formerly known as the Blueprint Breakouts, bring together students, staff, and the community to help expand our understanding of social and environmental issues on and off campus. The 7 Forum Events this quarter will cover 10 topics. All of winter quarter’s Earth Summit Forums are held with the intention of creating an open and transformative space to address and discuss the various experiences, projects, and ideas of all students on campus. Come learn, engage, and let your voice be heard!

All Earth Summit Forum dates: January 14th - Social & Environmental Justice January 21st - Energy & Water January 28th - Food Systems February 4th - Waste Prevention & Green Purchasing February 18th - Transportation February 25th - Land, Habitat, and Watershed March 4th - Academics and Curriculum

Free vegetarian dinner provided.

Also, don’t miss out on Earth Summit on April 24th, 2015. This dynamic campus wide event combines all 10 topics from SEC’s Earth Summit Forums and will feature inspirational speakers, art, and an insurmountable amount of good information! Location details:

College 8 Red Room 5 pm Admission: Free Sponsored by: Student Environmental Center Related URL: http://sec.enviroslug.org

Cruz Cares is a pitch contest for Social Entrepreneurs
W 3/4

Cruz Cares is a pitch contest for startups and established regional businesses or nonprofits focused on a social or environmental issue to pitch their solution with the chance to win seed funding, media coverage, and community support.

Here are the links to the social enterprise contest on wednesday. March 4th, 2015


Del Mar Theatre

The Inspiring Enterprise


where to RSVP - It doesn't cost anything!

"No Prospect of an End: Living with an Ever Changing Climate"
W 3/13-14

UC Santa Cruz will host a major national conference on climate change on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, featuring top climate scientists and policy experts from across the country in a series of talks and panel discussions.

"No Prospect of an End: Living with an Ever Changing Climate" is the second annual UC Santa Cruz Climate and Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the UCSC divisions of Physical and Biological Sciences and Social Sciences. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required (go to pbsci.ucsc.edu/2015-climate-conference).

Keynote speaker

The event kicks off Friday evening with a lecture by eminent Earth scientist Richard Alley, the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University. Alley, a leading expert on the Earth's ice sheets and glaciers, has made extensive contributions to the scientific understanding of climate change, served on numerous advisory panels, and received many prominent awards for research, teaching, and science communication. Host of the PBS miniseries Earth: The Operators' Manual, he has been described as "a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan." Alley will discuss "Big Challenges and Bigger Opportunities on Climate Change and Energy."

Scientists now recognize that without dramatic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from human sources, climate and environments may be changing for thousands of years into the future. From a societal perspective, climate change would seem to be never ending, and predicting environmental conditions in the future "hot house" world would be very difficult.

"At the conference, we want to explore how societies can plan for and reach a future where humans and the natural systems on which they depend are flourishing, not just a century from now, but far into the future," said Paul Koch, dean of physical and biological sciences.

Panel discussions

On Saturday, March 14, there will be two panel discussions featuring climate scientists, civil servants, economists, and educators. The first panel, on "Coastal Resilience: Weathering the Coming Storm," will address the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal areas. UC Santa Cruz coastal ecologist Mark Carr, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will serve as moderator, and the panelists will include:

   Eron Bloomgarden, EKO Asset Management Partners
   Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
   Charles Lester, California Coastal Commission
   Susanne  Moser, Stanford University
   Rob Young, Western Carolina University  

The afternoon panel will address "Wicked Tradeoffs: Unavoidable Tradeoffs Between Food, Water, Energy, and Biodiversity." Moderated by Daniel Press, the Griswold Professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz, the five-member panel will include:

   Renata Brillinger, California Climate and Agriculture Network
   Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford University
   Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California
   Lara Hansen, EcoAdapt
   Daniel Schrag, Harvard University Center for the Environment

The conference will be held in the College 9/10 Multipurpose Room. Additional information is available online at pbsci.ucsc.edu/2015-climate-conference.

True Originals alumni speaking series: Conservation, film, law, art, writing

A distinguished group of Banana Slugs is out exploring the wildest parts of the planet, running art museums, addressing global warming, authoring and publishing books, and producing award-winning movies.

During the Alumni Weekend celebration April 23–26, this selected group of Slugs will deliver a series of thought-provoking talks from the frontlines of their careers.

The newly created True Originals notable alumni speaker series will bring to the campus M. Sanjayan (biology Ph.D., '97), executive vice president and senior scientist for Conservation International, who has just returned from a global journey for his new five-part PBS series EARTH A New Wild, which debuted February 4.

He will give the weekend's keynote in a talk entitled, "A New Wild: Saving Nature in a Human-Dominated World," on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts M110 in the campus's Media Theater. The $10 admission cost includes parking.

EARTH A New Wild explores how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet's natural systems. With 45 shoots in 29 different countries, the show took Sanjayan from a preserve in India, land of the wild tiger, to the wilds of Montana, where he observed a specially trained group of cowboys who are helping ecosystems recover with their ranching practices.

"The area is being filled with birds, including some that are just on the edge of being put on the endangered species list," Sanjayan said in an interview. "They have wolves, elk, pronghorn—a fairly intact ecosystem.

“There is no doubt that there is massive environmental destruction being wrought upon this planet,” he continued. “But there are also amazing people doing amazing things.”

Until recently, Sanjayan served as the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he spent 16 years specializing in development and conservation strategies, focusing on Africa, wildlife ecology, and media outreach.

The True Originals series continues at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, with two concurrent presentations.

Ron Yerxa (Grad Division '74) will lead a spirited discussion. The presentation, “American Film Comedies,” takes place at the Humanities Lecture Hall.

Yerxa is a film producer whose credits include Election, Little Miss Sunshine, Cold Mountain, and, recently, Nebraska (for which he and his partner were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture). As a producer, it's Yerxa's job to take the raw material of a manuscript, screenplay, or book, and then build it into a finished film. That basically involves hiring a writer, making the project attractive by attaching actors, and securing the financing.

"You have to get all seven or eight balls to fall in the hole at the same time," said Yerxa of the process.

Also at 11 a.m. that Saturday, Paul Hall (Merrill '72) will moderate an interdisciplinary panel of distinguished alumni who will take a close look at the interplay of money and power in political and governing systems; from campaign finance and the effect of money in politics to legal and political responses to global warming and climate change. The presentation, "Money, Politics, Climate Change and the Law: Will We Rise to the Challenge?" takes place at the Stevenson Fireside Lounge at Stevenson College. More

Unholy Matrimony Of The University Of California And The Fossil Fuel Industry
Fri 2/13

Unholy Matrimony Of The University Of California And The Fossil Fuel Industry

As you know, the atmosphere is being affected contemporarily by a rapid increase to dangerous levels of a substance essential for continued human life on earth. Love is in the air, Global Divestment Day is approaching, and it seems only fitting that we celebrate the important relationships of our age.

Fossil Free UCSC humbly requests your presence at the wedding of the University of California to its long time beau, Fossil Fuel Industry, at 12 noon on Friday, February 13th. Please come ready to object to the joining of these two corporations in eternal matrimony.

There will be an informal and informational reception and film screening to follow, from 8-10 pm on Friday night on the College 9 Lawn. link

Th 1/9-11

On January 9-11, 2015, over 300 programmers, designers, and tech enthusiasts will gather to unleash their creativity during a two-and-a-half day hackathon. 25 bucks for students includes food. 10K in prozes; you do not need to be a coder. Talks on entrepreneurship.


Organizers: Mark Adams Program Manager, Santa Cruz Works

Doug Erickson Organizer, Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup

Brent Haddad Director, UCSC Center for Entrepreneurship

Anjali Kanthilal UCSC student

Janneke Lang Social Entrepreneur alum

Nachu Amah UCSC student

Zimraan Hamid UCSC student

Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) Job & Internship Fair

Th 1/15

January 15, 2015, 4:30pm

Are you STEM student looking to intern or work in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math? This is your chance to meet with representatives from organizations searching for STEM talent. Bring multiple copies of your resume, dress professionally and be prepared to interview.

Location: West Field House Location details: West Field House at College Eight. Please drop-off backpacks at the College Eight Red Room before entering the fair. Admission: Free Admission details: Student IDs are required for admission. More

Social Impact Job & Internship Fair
Th 1/21

Do you want to make an impact on the world? This is your chance to meet with representatives from non-profits and government entities to find out about career opportunities. Bring multiple copies of your resume, dress professionally and be prepared to interview.

Location: West Field House Location details: West Field House at College Eight. January 21, 2015, 4:30pm


Our Disappearing Microbes - Dr. Martin Blaser
Th 1/15

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser reaches back to the discovery of antibiotics, which ushered in a golden age of medicine, and then traces how our subsequent overuse of these seeming wonder drugs has left its mark on our systems, contributing to the rise of what Blaser calls our modern plagues: obesity, asthma, allergies, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Blaser's studies suggest antibiotic use during early childhood poses the greatest risk to long-term health, and, alarmingly, American children receive on average about seventeen courses of antibiotics before they are twenty years old. At the same time, C-sections deprive babies of important contact with their mothers' micro biomes. Taking us into the lab to recount studies, Blaser provides support for his theory and guides us to what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.

Blaser, M.D., is the George and Muriel Singer Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and Director of the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine. He served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at NYU from 2000-2012. A physician and microbiologist, Dr. Blaser is interested in understanding the relationships we have with our persistently colonizing bacteria.


Zero Net Energy Tiny House
Tues 12/2

UCSC & Cabrillo College will be participating in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s competition to design and construct a Zero Net Energy Tiny House over the next two years (see Link).

If you join our team, you will have an opportunity to learn about designing green buildings, doing energy assessments, and constructing them. You will also be able to receive course credit for working on the design and construction of Ecotopia House. To learn more, or to sign up for the Ecotopia House theme, come to an informational & organizational meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5:30-6:30 PM, at the College 8 Red Room.

For more information, contact Ronnie Lipschutz, rlipsch@ucsc.edu. See also Design Challenges

Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day
Fri 10/24

Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day focuses on data, environment, and justice: How faculty research engages key issues of the 21st century

Twelve faculty speakers will discuss their research and how it helps solve everyday problems. Among the topics: sustainable agriculture, climate change, global women's rights, and the psychology of guilt. The second annual Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day at UC Santa Cruz will take place Friday, October 24, 2014, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with a focus on data, the environment, and justice.

Among the topics: sustainable agriculture, climate change, global women's rights, and the psychology of guilt. The event at the Colleges 9/10 multipurpose room at University Center is free and the public is invited. Registration is required.link

12th Annual Practical Activism Conference
Sat 10/25

Practical Activism Conference: Tools for Local and Global Change

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room, UCSC

A day long student led conference featuring keynote speaker Darrick Smith (Activist, Educator, Youth Advocate, and Oakes alum), ten workshops, hands-on activist activities, spoken word by award-winning Santa Cruz poets Gabriel Pulido and Queen Jasmeen, and tabling by campus and community organizations.

Workshop Topics: The Student Debt Crisis, Justice Along the Food Chain, Homelessness in Transgender Communities, Community Resistance to Racial Profiling, Gentrification, Activism through Social Media, Body Image, Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border, Feminicide, and Spoken Word as a Tool for Social Change

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration on site. Visit practicalactivism.org for schedule of the day and workshop information. For more information/accommodations contact coco@ucsc.edu.

Fall Plant Sale
Sat 10/11 The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum will hold its annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Eucalyptus Grove on High Street near the intersection of Western Drive. Held in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society, the sale opens early (from 10 a.m. to noon) for members of either organization. Memberships will be on sale at the gate.

There are limited quantities of many of the hard-to-propagate plants, so eager gardeners are advised to arrive early. Among the newest plant varieties to be offered exclusively by the Arboretum are succulents and native monkey flowers. Bob Grim of San Jose hybridized the Arboretum's X Sedeveria 'Suavé' and X Graptoveria 'Little Opal,' both succulents with beautiful wax on the leaves. The monkey flower Mimulus 'Monkeys on Fire' is bright orange with red, while Mimulus 'Ben Lomond Yellow' was selected by Arboretum staff from among thousands of the typically apricot-colored monkey flowers. The third new monkey flower is Mimulus 'Tangelo,' which has flowers the color of the citrus fruit.

Sales benefit student gardener interns who are working their way through college by tending the Arboretum. The horticultural sales and memberships also benefit the Arboretum's conservation, research, and education programs.

The sale will feature an unusual selection of native and non-native species chosen to thrive in local gardens. Many are drought tolerant. A complete list is available on the Arboretum's web site. Fall is a good time for planting because roots can establish themselves during the rainy season, which makes for a stronger and healthier plant to withstand the dry summer.

Other plants available at the sale will include feathery Phyllica plumosa and South African Proteas. Many of the succulents being sold are perfect plants for dorm rooms as well as the home garden, according to the curators. In addition to plants with different textures and origins for the garden palette, there will be flowers and foliage in a variety of colors. The sale will also feature some dramatic and lesser-known members of the protea family from Australia and South Africa.

For more information about the sale, contact the UCSC Arboretum at (831) 427-2998 or visit the Arboretum's site or Facebook page. The Arboretum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Norrie's Gifts is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fall Harvest Festival
Sun 10/12

Fall has arrived and it’s time to celebrate the changing seasons at the 20th annual Fall Harvest Festival, coming up on Sunday, October 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UC Santa Cruz’s 30-acre organic farm.

The festival features live music from marimba to reggae to bluegrass, including a headliner performance by Dylan McDonald and the Avians. Also on tap: hay rides, kids’ crafts, workshops, pumpkin and produce sales, wine and campus and community group information tables. New this year will be the chance for those 21 and over to taste wine from local wineries Odonata, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards, and Sones (ID required).

Visitors of all ages are invited to sample apples and roasted pepper varieties, enter the pie baking contest, try their hand at pressing cider, scale the climbing wall, pick sunflowers and make a "bike smoothie" as part of the "Food, What?!" youth group's fundraiser, and enjoy locally sourced, tasty treats.

Workshops on making guacamole, growing and using peppers, saving seeds, baking apple crisp using acorn flower and a solar oven, and preparing your garden for fall and winter are also on the schedule, along with farm tours and an herb walk through the garden....

For directions to the UCSC Farm, visit the CASFS web site at http://casfs.ucsc.edu/about/directions.html. Free parking will be available at the Campus Facilities and Barn Theater parking lots, and a free shuttle will be available. For more information call (831) 459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.

Chris Wilmers: The Puma Project
Th 6/5

Thursday, June 5, 2014—7 - 9:30pm UCSC students – free, Arboretum members $5, Non-members $10

Wildlife ecologist and head of the Puma Project, Chris Wilmers, talks about the secret life of pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains for the UCSC Arboretum California Naturalist Program. Using innovative monitoring and tracking approaches, The Puma Project answers questions about how a puma’s behavior changes as their habitat becomes increasingly fragmented by the development of roads and houses. Pumas play key roles in maintaining healthy ecosystems and their recent revival from near extinction have increased the number of human and puma interaction. Human development is now the biggest threat to their existence. The Puma Project’s in-depth study has helped developers design with pumas in mind. Thus allowing humans to safely and sustainability share habitat with these great cats. If you missed the sold out talk at the Rio, this is another opportunity to hear the latest updates on the Puma Project. To learn more visit santacruzpumas.org


"Undercurrents"--a digital ocean exhibition

Eleven graduate students from UCSC's Digital Arts and New Media M.F.A. Program (DANM) will conclude two years of artistic study with "Undercurrents"--an exhibition running on campus April 26 through May 4 at the Digital Arts Research Center.

Curated by Shelby Graham, the featured works range from interactive ecological installations to site specific projections, all employing advanced technologies to explore the edges of contemporary new media art.


Spring Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale

May 3, 2014 - 10:00am Location: Barn Theater Location details: Parking available in the Barn Theater lot; overflow parking at the Cook House and Granary Description:

Come to the annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 3, from 10 am - 3 pm and Sunday, May 4, from 10 am - 2 pm at the Barn Theater on the corner of Bay and High streets. Choose from the largest organically grown selection of vegetables, annual flowers, and perennials available in the Monterey Bay region. Please note: Friends of the Farm & Garden members are welcome to a "members' hour" from 9 - 10 am on Saturday, May 3. Admission: Free See Sponsor


Monday, April 21st, 2014 - Saturday April 26th, 2014

Earth Week is a campus-wide, week-long series of events dedicated to increasing environmental awareness and engaging students in current sustainability issues. This year’s Earth Week aims to foster a positive relationship between our society and our planet, by focusing on our connection with the ocean. Earth Week highlights our physical and personal connections with the sea to increase awareness of our society’s impact and ultimately, promote environmental stewardship and consumer responsibility. College Eight also aims to help promote and highlight events occurring across campus pertaining to Earth Week.


One Breath and The Blue Marble Project Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. College Eight Red Room

To kick-off National Earth Day, UCSC will be a showing an ocean documentary One Breath and learn about local ocean conservation efforts. The film inspires appreciation for the ocean and calls attention to our society’s connection to the Earth. At this event, we will introduce the Blue Marble Project, which will continue throughout the week and encourage advocacy for the ocean. In short, this project seeks to positively impact our community by encouraging environmental consciousness.

Earth and Ocean Celebration Saturday April 26th, 2014 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. College Eight/Oakes Dining Hall The Earth and Ocean Celebration is a annual festival hosted by College Eight, featuring UCSC and community environmental organizations, sustainable food, performers and speakers to encourage sustainability on campus. The Earth and Ocean Celebration aims to educate the community about current environmental issues and local mitigation efforts as well as celebrate our connection to the earth.

De-Extinction: Building Future Worlds with Extinct Organisms?
Weds 4/23

Event dates: April 23, 2014 - 2:00pm Location: Engineering 2 Room 599

The Science & Justice Research Center presents:

De-Extinction: Building Future Worlds with Extinct Organisms?

For decades, conservationists have worked to minimize human impacts and restore landscapes. Today, global climate change threatens the efficacy of their efforts, prompting them to consider interventions that many would have deemed heretical—and technologically impossible—only a generation prior.

De-extinction, the proposed revival or re-creation of extinct species using synthetic biology, has recently become a focal point in these debates. On April 23, 2014 the UCSC Science and Justice Working Group will host a symposium, “De-Extinction: Building Future Worlds with Extinct Organisms?” Panelists include Beth Shapiro (Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC and National Geographic Emerging Explorer) Oliver Ryder (Director of Genetics and Kleberg Chair, San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research), Paul Koch (UCSC Dean of Physical & Biological Sciences, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences), and Brian Switek (science writer, National Geographic blogs) and Allen Thompson (Oregon State University, Philosophy). Donna Haraway (Distinguished Professor Emerita, UCSC History of Consciousness Department) will provide closing commentary.

Proposals for de-extinction have sparked many conversations in bioethics and conservation science. Our hope for this symposium is to deepen the discussion by engaging questions of science and justice. More

Save Upper Campus Forest Fair
Weds 4/5

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Free Celebrating the land and waters of Santa Cruz and ongoing efforts to protect Upper Campus!

5-7pm—Workshops and Tables: Wild Food Processing, Nature Skills, Radical Mycology, Creative Movement and more

7pm— Open Mic

Suggested donation $5-10, no one turned away

Hosted by Santa Cruz Forest Keepers

http://saveuppercampus.org/ http://facebook.com/saveuppercampus

San Lorenzo River Paddle
Weds 4/12

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Free

The San Lorenzo River is a critical community asset for drinking water, wildlife habitat and quality of life for residents. Join us on this paddle tour to celebrate the river, and of course, paddle!

The next paddle events of the series will be held on April 12th from 9 am to 12 noon on the San Lorenzo River. All paddle events are contingent upon safe river conditions.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to paddle along the San Lorenzo on non-motorized, non-inflatable canoes, kayaks (rent at UCSC OPERS), rowboats or stand-up paddleboards. Attendees must bring their own watercraft, personal floatation device, and whistle to the event. All attendees will be required to sign waivers and wear the proper safety gear to participate.

The specific launch point (in downtown Santa Cruz along the Riverwalk) will be determined by river flow and announced prior to the event to attendees via email. Space is extremely limited for this event and attendee registration is currently full. Call CWC at (831) 464-9200 or by email tours@coastal-watershed.org.

Sustainable Sculptural Building
Weds 4/19

CLEI 99-F (Spring 14): Sustainable Sculptural Building with Earth & Fiber Materials

Instructor: Philip Mirkin

This 2-unit studio class, cosponsored by College Eight and Merrill College, focuses on building and structure design using high-fibered adobes and related materials, taught by the founder and developer of Hybridadobe, Philip Mirkin, in a mostly hands-on outdoor learning method. Sustainable building, landscaping and sculptural applications will be presented as well as mixes, techniques, procedures, traits, and solutions to problems. Native American design styles will be part of an actual small structure we will build, directly teaching modern uses of traditional materials, reuse skills (and some elements of cultural geography). A small design project of the student’s own choosing, using alternative architectural styles, will be part of her/his contribution. Students will be empowered to use and share this low-cost, easy to learn methodology.

The class will meet for 4 hours once a week. There are no required texts. The class is only offered Pass/Fail. Enrollment is limited to 20, by permission.

Note: A one-day workshop in this method will be held on Saturday, April 19, on the College Eight Plaza, to build several small structures for display during Alumni Weekend, April 25-27. Details to follow.

FoodSpeaks Radio Show on Farm Worker Justice
Weds 3/12

Wednesday March 12th 7-745pm PST KZSC 88.1 or kzsc.org/listen

This Wednesday March 12th, Doron Comerchero (founder and director of FoodWhat--a Santa Cruz County youth empowerment and food justice program) will be hosting the next FoodSpeaks Radio Show. This week's show will focus on Farm Worker Justice and Doron's guest will be Victoria Pozos, a former FoodWhat alumni, whose mom is a farm laborer in Watsonville. Vicky is currently at UCSC studying Farm Labor Justice and most recently worked with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida learning about and advocating for their Fair Food Campaign nationally.

Please join the conversation at 7pm on KZSC (88.1 locally) or live stream the show at http://www.kzsc.org/listen.

Annie Leonard, creator of The Story of Stuff

Join Annie Leonard, creator of The Story of Stuff, for a panel discussion about consumption and waste and how we can be more conscious about waste on our campus. Her original video, which is only the first of many, "is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.”

What considerations go into purchasing decisions on campus? What are our biggest waste issues? And what initiatives can students take to reduce consumption and waste?

From problems to solutions, Annie, along with faculty, staff, and alumni panelists, will connect the “stuff” that enters and leaves our campus with issues of social and environmental justice.

This event is hosted by the UCSC Sustainability Office, Common Ground Center, Student Environmental Center, and Education for Sustainable Living Program.

Talk at 5 pm; A reception and book signing will follow from 7-8 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. College 9/10 Multipurpose Room. And Allison Cook from Story of Stuff Project is giving a hands on workshop for changemakers the next day, 10 - 12 on campus. See below).

"Changemakers Do it Better" with Allison Cook, from Story of Stuff Project

"Changemakers Do it Better" with Allison Cook, from Story of Stuff Project

This special event is being organized for folks who are excited by Annie's talk on Wednesday night and would like to dive deeper through exercises directed by Allison Cook from the Story of Stuff Project.

Th 10-11:45am - Part 1: Connecting with your purpose Th 12-1:45pm - Part 2: Telling a better story about the things we care about.

Participants are encouraged to attend Parts 1 & 2. Because Part 1 builds up to Part 2, participants are discouraged from attending Part 2 without attending Part 1. More

48th Annual Faculty Research Lecture by Professors of Physics

02/11/2014 - 7:00pm Music Center Recital Hall

Congratulations to Professors of Physics, Abraham Seiden and Howard Haber, on being selected by their peers to present the 48th annual Faculty Research Lecture. The joint presentation of the Faculty Research Lecture by two faculty members will be a first in the history of Santa Cruz. This is, however, a self-evident choice since the long sought search for the Higgs boson has recently been successful and the campus is blessed with two faculty members, one a theoretical physicist and the other an experimental physicist, who played major roles in this important discovery. Join the campus community on February 11th for this exciting lecture. Lecture from 7:00-9:00, reception to follow.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 02/21/2014 - 7:00pm 02/22/2014 - 7:00pm 02/23/2014 - 7:00pm

Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. [1]

Climate Science and Policy through the Looking Glass
Weds 2/28

Event dates: 02/28/2014 - 7:30pm

Colleges Nine/Ten Multi-purpose Room

This conference will bring broad public attention to the challenges of climate change and provide compelling reasons why effective action is immediately required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the adoption of alternative sources of energy and other approaches. Admission: Free More

"Climate Change from the Streets"
Weds 3/3

Michael Mendez: "Climate Change from the Streets: Community Action for Global Environmental Health Impact"

Michael Mendez's research identifies whether and how governments are considering the needs of the most socially vulnerable populations, particularly communities of color in climate change decisions and actions. Drawing on case studies in California, he traces the methods environmental justice groups are using to contest global scientific practice in the localization of climate change interventions.More

Play The River! Free!

Play The River! Free! Come play in nature and help playtest experimental environmental games! A short hike brings you to a small beach on the beautiful San Lorenzo River where the games are played. Games For San Lorenzo River, Henry Cowell Redwoods Hiking Trail is a pair of site-specific environmental games designed for natural play using natural materials. Bring a playful attitude and be prepared to wade in the river (wetsuit booties provided) and hop on rocks. also 2/8 2/22More

Ecovillages Around the World
Mon 1/27

Ecovillages Around the World: Lessons for Sustainable Community a talk by Dr. Karen Litfin, University of Washington

Author of Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community

Monday January 27

12:30-1:40 ENVS Colloquium, ISB 221 3-4:30 PM College Eight “Red” Multipurpose Room

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences presents Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous: Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASERS) are a national program of evening gathering that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations. Speakers give brief presentations about the intertwining of art and science. Questions like "why art and science" and "why now" will provide context for the series as a local forum for presenting art and science projects underway throughout the University of California, in the Bay Area, and beyond.

Please join us for refreshments at 6:45 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with presentations by:

Jeanne C. Finley, "On-Site: The Locus Between Public and Private" Rita Mehta, "When Life Imitates Science Fiction" Warren Sack, "Using Software (Art) to See the World" Erika Zavaleta, "Conserving Nature's Services in An Age of Extinction" More

Eco-village Design Workshop
Weds 12/16-9

Eco-village Design Workshop: Natural Building, Sustainable Landscaping, Organic Farming. Workshop Training in:

Eco-village Planning, Native Plant Restoration, Earthbag Construction, ‘Pocket House’ Design, Grey Water System Design, Drought-tolerant Landscaping, Food Forest Cultivation, Green Remodeling, Owl Box Construction, and more !

Where: Mussey Grade Village Park - 14625 Mussey Grade Road, Ramona, California (45 miles North East of San Diego, California)

When: Mon Dec 16 - Thur Dec 19, 2013

Workshop Fee: $ 90.00 / 4 days or $30 / day - Scholarships and Work Exchange available

Student/Military/Native American/Locals discounts available

Includes: Four days of fun-filled, hands-on, natural building, organic farming, appropriate technology and landscape design. Swimming pool, camping, nutritious shared meals.

All ages welcome ! No prior experience necessary.

Further Details : www.musseygradefoundation.org

UC Santa Cruz Environmental Studies Internship credit available.

Contact us for details at info AT realitree.org or phone 831-920-8333

"Doctor Ocean: A Lively Discussion with Three Marine Wildlife Veterinarians,"
Th 11/7

A panel of three marine wildlife veterinarians from across the Monterey Bay area will discuss their challenges, successes, and unusual experiences during the annual Ken Norris Memorial Lecture on Thursday, November 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

Titled "Doctor Ocean: A Lively Discussion with Three Marine Wildlife Veterinarians," the event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant will moderate the discussion with veterinarians Dave Casper of UC Santa Cruz; Melissa Miller of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Mike Murray of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. These experienced veterinary specialists spend their days nursing aquarium animals, saving stranded marine mammals, and studying unusual diseases. Their work is an essential part of scientific efforts to understand the ocean and its inhabitants. more

"A Place at the Table,"
Weds 11/13

On Wednesday, November 13, there will be a screening of film about food and hunger in the U.S., "A Place at the Table," from 6:30-9 PM, in 3 Thimann Hall, followed by a panel discussion. (Screening will begin around 6:50).

Practical Activism Conference: Tools for Local and Global Change
Sat 10/19

The Practical Activism Conference is a daylong, student led conference which features a keynote speaker, ten workshops, various on and off campus organizations, performances, and a variety of hands-on activism activities. This year’s conference will be the 11th annual, and take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in the College Nine and College Ten Multipurpose Room, UCSC.

General Schedule

10:45-12:00: Colleges Nine & Ten Multipurpose Room Registration, Refreshments, Creative Activist Opportunities & Music

12:00- 12:50: Colleges Nine & Ten Multipurpose Room Opening Session, Spoken Word, Keynote Speaker

1:00- 2:15: Choose one of the five workshops from each block First session of Concurrent Workshops

2:25- 3:40: Choose one of the five workshops from each block Second Session of Concurrent Workshops

3:30-5:00: Colleges Nine & Ten Multipurpose Room Tabling, Refreshments, Spoken Word Performance, Creative Activist Opportunities, Fair Trade Crafts and more!

Learn more about this year’s conference on October 19th, 2013

Arboretum Fall Plant Sale
Sat 10/12

10am – 4pm for Arboretum and California Native Plant Society Members Noon – 4pm for the general public

Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early? Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale

Ever wonder where gardeners and landscapers in-the-know purchase their plants? They flock to the UCSC Arboretum Fall Plant Sale. Hundreds of varieties are carefully chosen to preserve native plants and to introduce Australian, New Zealand, African and other beauties bred for water tolerance and pest control. In partnership with the California Native Plant Society, the sale offers quality, regionally-friendly plants from both groups at great prices. Become a member and you will get the early bird selections (10 a.m. until noon) among the many other benefits of joining and supporting the important work of the Arboretum.

Our plant sales are wonderful opportunties to take some of the dazzling color of the Arboretum home.

The sale will be held in the Arboretum's Eucalyptus Grove, on Empire Grade near the intersection of Western Drive, on the edge of the UC Santa Cruz campus. More

David Schlosberg: "The New Environmentalism of Everyday Life: Sustainability, Material Flows, and Movements"

Mon 10/14

Event dates: 10/14/2013 - 12:30pm College 8 Room 301

David Schlosberg offers an analysis of recent developments in environmental activism, in particular among movements orienting around the reconfiguration of material flows. Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Leader of the Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society, and co-Director of the newly founded Sydney Environment Institute. His work focuses primarily on environmental political thought, environmental and climate justice, and the theory and practice of environmental movements. More

Harvest Festival

The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (aka, The Farm) is holding its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 29, from 11AM to 5 PM. For those who have not yet been to the farm, or have no idea where it is, this is an ideal opportunity to see (and eat, dance, etc.) one of UCSC's crown jewels.

Educational Trip to Chiapas. Another World is Happening

For 20 years, members of The Center for Global Justice (CGJ) have been organizing educational trips to Cuba. We have earned a reputation for putting together high quality programs connecting participants with Cuban experts as we explore the key sectors of Cuban society and gain a better understanding of where this besieged island has succeeded and where it has come up short.

The Center has decided to expand its’ destinations of our educational trips to Chiapas, Mexico. Before Occupy Wall Street, Before the World Social Forums, Before the Battle in Seattle, there was the Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas in 1994. Many people consider this event as the first popular uprising against corporate globalization. They refuse to have the neoliberal agenda shoved down their throats. This battle goes beyond resistance. There is a humanitarian oriented philosophy, with concrete programs that the Zapatista’s and other indigenous groups are building in this region. These are the “kernels” I referred to earlier, which make going on this trip so important.

The Chiapas trip is planned for July 13 -21, 2013. Flights will be arranged departing from Mexico City. Please contact the Center office for details or to be placed on the interest list. This will be a small group limited to 12 people so contact us early. The cost for this 8 day trip is $1500. Call Four15-150-0025 or admin AT globaljusticecenter.org for more info.

Girl Rising: An exclusive film screening

The strength of the human spirit • the power of education to change the world Thursday, May 2, 7:00-9:00 pm Namaste Lounge, College Nine

Join us to view 10x10’s feature film, Girl Rising, a groundbreaking documentary directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins. Girl Rising tells the story of 9 extraordinary girls rising up from poverty, discrimination, exclusion, violence, and sexual exploitation…and their struggles to get an education. Nine girls from 9 countries, whose stories were written by 9 celebrated authors and narrated by 9 renowned actresses, including Meryl Streep and Selena Gomez. 10x10 is a campaign to reach global audiences and inspire individuals to take action for girls.

Spring Plant Sale

UCSC Farm and Garden Spring Plant Sale 05/04/2013 Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Join us on Saturday, May 4 (10 am-3 pm) and Sunday, May 5 (10 am-2 pm) to shop the biggest and best collection of organically grown flower, herb and vegetable starts, perennials, grasses, and other landscape plants available in the region. Friends of the Farm & Garden receive 10% discount on plant purchases and are welcome to a "members' hour" on Saturday, May 4, from 9 am-10 am, prior to the 10 am opening. For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu. Location: Barn Theater - Base of campus The sale takes place at the corner of Bay and High Streets. Parking is available at the Barn Theater parking lot. Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free

UCSC Earth Week - Digging Deeper: The Arts & The Earth

2013 UCSC Earth Week - Digging Deeper: The Arts & The Earth explores the definition of sustainability as it functions in a social context through an artistic lens. Sustainability in its rawest form, is the capacity to support, maintain, or endure. This year’s bookend Earth Week events highlight how people across disciplines encounter issues of sustainability, and how artistic practices are in fact powerful instruments of change in achieving holistic sustainable practices.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 19 ~ 7:00 - 9:00 PM COLLEGE EIGHT & OAKES DINING HALL FREE FOOD, LIVE BAND, OPEN MIC! Kick off Earth Week with an evening of sustainability themed art by UCSC students. Check out sculptures, photography, paintings, enjoy spoken word artists, dancers, join in on an open mic, and connect with sustainability organizations. Mckenzie Laird: mllaird@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4902

PICA: GARDEN WORK DAY SATURDAY, APRIL 20 ~ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM THE VILLAGE: B- QUAD Join PICA (Program In Community & Agroecology) every Saturday for community workdays at the Foundational Roots Garden (at the entrance to the B-quad, the Village). Help dig garden beds, pull weeds, build compost, plant veggies, and sow seeds. Bee Vadakan: vvadakan@ucsc.edu (831) 459-5818

TAPS: STREET SKILLS FOR CYCLISTS SUNDAY, APRIL 21 ~ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Join TAPS (Transportaion and Parking Services) in a free two hour class to help you become a more confident and com- petent bicycle commuter. Register by e-mail. Cathy Crowe: cacrowe@ucsc.edu (831) 502-7942

PICA: PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP SUNDAY, APRIL 21 ~ 10:00 PM - 2:00 PM THE VILLAGE: BUILDING A-3 Taught by Alex Aaron- avid gardener and Ken Foster- owner of Terranova and permaculture teacher at Cabrillo College. All levels of gardeners are welcome! Come learn about ecological design and self-maintained agricultural systems! Practice implementing aspects of permaculture in the gar- den! Bring a lunch! Lora Johansen: ljohanse@ucsc.edu (831) 459-5818

ESLP: E(ART)H JUSTICE - MOUNTAIN TOPREMOVAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ART BY ELIZABETH STEPHENS AND ANNIE SPRINKLE MONDAY, APRIL 22 ~ 7:00 - 10:00 PM KRESGE TOWN HALL Professor of Art at UC Santa Cruz, internationally recognized artist, and filmaker Elizabeth Stephens partnered with inter- nationally known multi-media artist, performance artist, and pioneering feminist film-maker Annie Sprinkle explore how, “We aim to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun and diverse, and joyously do our part to take care of our beloved Earth. “ Naomi Stern: nestern@ucsc.edu

SEC: RECYCLED FASHION SHOW WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 ~ 5:30 - 7:30 PM COLLEGE EIGHT RED ROOM Join the Student Environmental Center (SEC) and create your own recycled look! Rpurpose waste materials (newspapers, magazines, cans, bottles, cardboard etc) into a creative outfit and at the end of the event you’ll get to showcase your group’s then dinner will be provided. Darya Soofi: dsoofi@ ucsc.edu (530) 321-6729

FSWG: BIKE TOUR: FARMS AND GARDENS OF SANTA CRUZ SATURDAY, APRIL 27 ~ 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM EAST FIELD HOUSE RECREATION OFFICE PORCH Join the Food Systems Working Group (FSWG) on a fun, day- long bike tour of farms and gardens around Santa Cruz! Visit some community gardens in town before heading up the coast to get our boots dirty on some full-on farms. Be pre- pared for about 20 miles of biking and a great day out learn- ing a little more about where our fruits and veggies come from! $5 Fee. Megan Laird: malaird@ucsc.edu (831) 459-3675

FILM FESTIVAL Saturday, April 27th, 2013 1:00 - 6:30 p.m. College Eight Red Room FREE FOOD!

SCHEDULE 1:00 p.m.: Wasteland 3:00 p.m.: Panel & Discussion 4:00 p.m.: Born Into Brothels

The Film Festival closes Earth Week through film screenings centered around sustainable practices through the arts on the international level. From the red light district of India in Borne Into Brothels to landfills of Brazil in Wasteland, artists are fighting for practices and ways of life that ensure prolonged health and quality of life for all living things.

In the form of powerful artistic methods, this film festival seeks to illustrate the different ways we are capable of not only promoting, but implementing sustainable methods of life. With this event, we aim to make clear the inextricable links between people and the physical earth, revealing their struggles, and their common origins.

VOLUNTEERS: Interested in volunteering for events?

For more information, questions, or accommodations, please contact College Eight Programs Office at (831) 459-4902 or Mckenzie Laird at mllaird AT ucsc.edu.

Spring Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale - Arboretum and CNPS: Two Plant Sales in One! 04/20/2013 Saturday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM This annual spring plant sale (we do it in Fall too) opens to the public at noon. Select non-invasive, drought tolerant plants that are California natives or native to Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa. They happily grow side-by-side in our Mediterranean climate. We sell cacti and succulents as well. Check websites arboretum@ucsc.edu or www.cruzcnps.org for more information.

Location: Arboretum The two sales are held in the Arboretum Eucalyptus Grove, located on High St. at Western Dr. Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Link

Guardianship for Future Generations

You are invited to a practical workshop, free and open to all: Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Water St., Santa Cruz. RSVP 831 428-5096, or for more information contact CAtour AT wilpf.org. Sponsored by eleven local community groups involved in planning for a sustainable Santa Cruz – and planet – the program will run Friday evening, April 19, from 7 – 9pm and Saturday, April 20, from 9 am – 1:30 pm. The workshop focuses on practical (and brilliant) tools communities can use to protect our commons–-land, resources, air, water, and ourselves from poisons and bad policies.

Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium

The fourth annual Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 11, at the Microsoft Auditorium, 1065 La Avenida Street, in Mountain View.

Organized by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, with partners including the UC Santa Cruz Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems (CenSEPS), the symposium will bring together key participants from the public and private sectors, as well as from the academic and research communities, to discuss energy storage issues and Silicon Valley's role in the energy storage industry.More

International Youth Exchange for Food Security and Sovereignty

The Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and the student group FoCAN will be hosting the 3rd International Youth Exchange for Food Security and Sovereignty at UCSC April 8-16. One of the public events, co-sponsored with El Centro, Merrill College, and College Eight is scheduled in the Red Room and we are looking for students to participate!

Food is Power: Youth Sharing Strategies across Borders for Food Sovereignty April 10th, Wednesday College Eight: Red Room 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lunch Provided

Thirteen visiting youth leaders and Action Ed program coordinators from Mexico and Central America will discuss how they are working towards building food security and how students can get involved through field study and internship opportunities with CAN. We are looking for College Eight Students who would be interested in an intercultural exchange and share ideas with the youth leaders at this event. While the event is open to all students, the youth leaders are primarily Spanish speakers, so we hope to bring more bilingual College Eight students to this event. If you have any students in mind, please forward this information to them, interested students can SIGN UP below.

To learn more about this exchange please visit: here


The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory

Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - Friday, March 15, 2013 Sesnon Art Gallery, Porter College (UCSC)

Reception: 6:00–7:00pm Sesnon Gallery

Gallery Hours: 12:00–5:00 PM Tuesday - Saturday

Please join us for a series of lectures on Eco Art in conjunction with the Art Department course Material Metaphors taught by Elizabeth Stephens.

Creating Meaning in Form: The Earth as Metaphor

@ Porter Faculty Gallery D222 4:30-6pm followed by a reception at the Sesnon Gallery.mapMore


Emeriti Lecture Featuring Bill Friedland


03/04/2013 Monday 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

California grapes are first in the nation financially and second in economic value of all California agricultural commodities. Wine makes up much of grapes economic value, with California producing 90% of US wine. California inherits, along with other wine producing nations, a cultural legacy dating back eight millennia. Although California wine has a much shorter history, beginning during the mission period, its modern period dates essentially from the early 1970s. Its efflorescence began in the 1970s with two significant events: a Bank of America report calling attention to the increasing significance of wine consumption, and the Paris wine tasting that compared French and California wines in a blind tasting by notable French oenophile experts who thought California wines were French and French wines were Californian. The California wine industry is highly structured in production and consumption. The bulk of California wine is produced by a handful of companies using hundreds of labels to mask their corporate ownership. Consumption is stratified into a limited number of economic ranks. ... The behavioral and material culture of wine has elaborated a stunning collection of cultural artifacts. California wine continues to generate new cultural artifacts, conforming to the long human history with wine. Location: Music Center Recital Hall - West part of campus


Entrepreneurship Showcase

My name is Carlos Sanchez and I am a UCSC student that is currently enrolled in an Entrepreneurship Seminar. This seminar will be running an entrepreneurial show case at the end this coming spring quarter. Its intent is to give students of all majors and talents the drive to pursue their ideas through a business project and the opportunity for it to be showcased to investors, greater corporations, business owners, and high level affiliates. Scholarship awards will also be given to students whose projects meet a certain standard. I would greatly appreciate it if you could help us in spreading the word about this showcase to your department and convince professors to make announcements in class in order to get recognition and make the showcase not only a success but a traditional and distinguishable event at UCSC.

There will be an informational Showcase Roll-Out Event on March 5th from 12:30 to 3:30pm in the courtyard between Engineering 1 and 2. This will be a chance for those who are interested to learn more about the event, and how to participate as well as meet with facilitators for any questions. cagsanch AT ucsc.edu

Whale Watching

Meeting Dates: Depart Saturday, March 9, 9am-3pm Location : Depart from Recreation Office Porch 9 am Little compares with the thrill of seeing your first whale and it's a feeling that doesn't change over time. The explosion of vapor as it surfaces and exhales, the enormous back as it arcs out of the water, the beautifully sculpted flukes as they rise from the sea, spilling water before flipping up and disappearing in the depths. It is deeply moving and for some, an almost religious experience. The comeback of the gray whale is an environmental success story. There is debate currently as to whether or not they should be taken off the endangered species list. Every year over 20,000 California Gray Whales pass through our bay waters on their annual winter migration from the cold arctic waters to the warm water lagoons of the Baja Peninsula for their calfing season. This month another migration begins and will be a good opportunity to see the California gray whale off the California coast. Join us on a 3-4 hour cruise, complete with naturalist, to view their migration. Sightings of dolphin, porpoise and other marine mammals are common. Sign up in advance. Note: There is an addition $30 boat fee due in person at the Recreation Office by Tues., Feb. 21. See also whale hike. http://www.ucscrecreation.com/adventureOutings.html

UCSC Farm and Garden Docent Training

03/12/2013 Tuesday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Farm & Garden volunteer docents help with a range of activities that include tours, public education events, work days, and other efforts that support the CASFS Farm & Garden’s community outreach mission. For more information and to sign up for the first “no obligation” training session, please contact Amy Bolton at 831.459-3240, or casfs@ucsc.edu. Docent training sessions will run for five consecutive Tuesdays, from March 12 through April 9. See additional details at: http://news.ucsc.edu/2013/02/docent-training.html Location: UCSC Farm - Base of campus Louise Cain Gatehouse Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Sponsored by: Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden, Measure 43 Estimated Attendance: 25

Contact information for this event: Name: Martha Brown Phone: (831) 459-3376 Email: mtbrown AT ucsc.edu link

Alan Chadwick: There Is a Garden in the Mind

Paul Lee, There Is a Garden in the Mind Start: 03/13/2013 7:00 pm

There Is a Garden in the Mind presents an engaging look at the work and life of pioneering organic gardener Alan Chadwick and his profound influence on the organic farming movement. In this wide-ranging and philosophical memoir, author Paul Lee recounts his first serendipitous meeting with Chadwick in Santa Cruz in 1967, and their subsequent founding of the Chadwick Garden at UCSC, the first organic and biointensive garden at a U.S. university.

World Water Day


Southwest Wanderings: Pueblos, Agriculture, and Water System of New Mexico

Meeting Dates Pre-trip Meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 6:00-8:00pm at Recreation Office Trip Dates: Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 31

Steep yourself in the majestic landscape of New Mexico and the Southwest for an adventure into building relationships, assisting others, and exploring wild spaces. In partnership with Tesuque pueblo farmers and Sol Feliz farms in Taos, participants will assist with community based water & food system development by clearing impacted acequias, planting and working on farmscapes, and sharing stories and meals with regional leaders and thinkers in the Southwest Food movement. In addition to learning current and traditional agricultural practices we will explore mountainous landscapes, hot springs, and magnificent vistas of the Jemez Mountain Range. Come prepared for a service learning experience that encapsulates working on the land with adventurous outings in the wilderness for reflection and wonder amidst spectacular scenery and grand narratives of a land seldom engaged in this fashion. OPERS

Earth Hour

At 8.30 p.m. on March 23, hundreds of millions of people will turn off their lights for one hour in a huge, symbolic show of support for our planet. From Las Vegas to New Delhi, cities around the world will come together to stand up for the one thing that unites us all -- our planet. Will Santa Cruz be among them?

Alternative Energy Spring Break Trip

Come on an Alternative Energy Spring Break Trip with Stanford's chapter of CALPIRG Energy Service Corps! We envision a more energy-efficient world, and believe that we can create it. Do you? If so, you should come along for our Alternative Energy Spring Break Trip! Tackle energy waste locally! Teach kids about energy conservation! Work with local non-profit Acterra! Engage local VIPs and media! We'll also have fun activities, like a hike and a movie night.

Sunday 3/24-Thursday 3/28

Housing will be in your usual room campus. We will eat meals as a group, and transportation to our local service sites will be coordinated for you. For more details, and to register for the trip, visit our sign-up page!


Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador Summer Literacy program

This summer, The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) is sending UCSC students to El Salvador to support the National Literacy Program and earn academic credit. Since 2010, 140,000 adults have become literate in El Salvador. You can be part of this transforming process! The Literacy Brigade date for this summer: July 1-14

CISPES is also sending Salvadorans and Salvadoran-Americans to El Salvador to learn about the tradition of radical resistance and exploring transnational identities. Delegates will meet today's social movement leaders and experience this unique historical moment under the first left government in the country's history and have the opportunity to earn academic credit. The Radical Roots delegation dates: June 22-29. Come learn more about these two events that you can be a part of, at our orientation on Wednesday Feb 27th at 7PM at Merrill Lounge. Bring a friend!

Strengthening the Roots Convergence and Community Seed Summit

From February 22-24, join hundreds of students and youth sharing skills, building relationships, and creating a healthy and just vision of their food system and communities. The Strengthening the Roots convergence at UC Santa Cruz will bring together college and high school student leaders from across California in partnership with youth based organizations to host CA’s largest student driven food, justice, and community conference to date! See the link for registration details.


Science & Justice Working Group: Seeding sustainability

Science & Justice Working Group: Seeding sustainability--hunger, biotech, and the future of food systems

Vandana Shiva, Delhi, India Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Location: UCSC Media Theater

Food and agroecology activist Shiva joins a panel of scientists and philanthropists to discuss the role of genetically modified seeds in sustainable food systems in the global south. Free but rsvp

Gretel Ehrlich, Facing the Wave

A passionate student of Japanese poetry and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake- and tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast, to bear witness and listen to the survivors. In an eloquent narrative that blends reportage, poetic observation, and deeply felt reflection, she introduces us to fishermen, farmers, teachers, monks, outcasts, and an eighty-four-year-old geisha, who survived the wave to hand down a song that only she still remembered. Their harrowing and inspirational stories are set against a landscape both shattered and beautiful, with the ever-present specter of the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex that spews radiation into the fields and the fishing grounds. Gretel Ehrlich is the author of This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice, and The Solace of Open Spaces, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Bookshop Santa Cruz.

"The Past and Future of the Oil Curse"

Please join us for a talk by Michael L. Ross:

"The Past and Future of the Oil Curse" Thursday, February 7th, 4-6pm College Eight Multi-purpose room (Red Room)

Michael L. Ross is a Professor of Political Science at UCLA, an alumnus of UCSC, and author of The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations (Princeton 2012)

Writing at the Edge: A Point Reyes Retreat

With Sarah Rabkin February 8 – 10 • 6PM Friday – 2PM Sunday • $150 ($140 Members)

On the lip of a continent or at the limits of propriety, edges are jumping-off places—unsettling and exhilarating. All writing that's alive and meaningful is writing "at the edge": writing to discover what we don't quite know; writing at the junction of the human and larger-than-human worlds; writing on the brink of something new. This overnight retreat is for both new and experienced writers who seek inspiration and encouragement, collegiality and solitude, and above all, time to write in the midst of Point Reyes' wild beauty. Bring a notebook waiting to be filled, a project in progress, or both. Readings and discussions will equip you with new writing techniques and strategies; prompts will connect you with ideas that are poised to fly. The two days will include instruction, in-class and solo writing time, optional sharing of drafts, and optional instructor conferences. You will emerge with new work and new perspective.


Seeing Below the Surface: Using new technology to study the underwater lives of humpback whales

Sunday, January 20 - 1 PM

Ari Friedlaender, Marine Ecologist

Whales spend over 90 percent of their lives underwater and out of view. In order to understand how these ocean giants navigate, feed, socialize, and maneuver, scientists have engineered tags that allow a glimpse into their watery world. Dr. Friedlaender will share his experiences tagging humpback whales and recreating the underwater behaviors of these whales from Antarctica to Alaska to Cape Cod. This exciting new research helps us understand previously unknown whale behavior, and provides critical understanding about the risks they face from human activities from fishing to shipping. Science Sunday is free with admission or membership. UCSC undergraduates free with valid student ID. Link

Time Management Workshop
W 1/23

for College Eight Students

Wednesday, January 23 rd 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

College Eight Academic, Room 240

Presented by Abdishakur Omar, Academic Counselor UCSC Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)


John Mackey, CEO, Co-founder, Whole Foods Market; Co-author, Conscious Capitalism

Iconic CEO and co-founder Mackey is known for his all-natural approach to a mega chain of grocery stores, Whole Foods. His stores are, in part, credited with a boom in the healthy food movement whereby terms like organic, local, wild and hormone free becoming rote for more than just the Birkenstock crowd. He's also taken the formula for conscious capitalism and corporate social responsibility to a whole new level, and other businesses are following suit. In his new book, Conscious Capitalism, co-authored with Professor Raj Sisodia, Mackey discusses the transformative business movement wherein value rests on something more than just finances. For Mackey, it's about the emotional, ecological and even spiritual purposes of business. The market for competitive advantage is changing, and the world's best companies are catching on to the holistic equation. Find out more about the Whole Foods story from the man himself. DATE: WED, JANUARY 23, 2013

Location: Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students. Premium (priority seating and copy of Mackey's book) $40 standard, $40 members.More



Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography, UCLA; Author, Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World Until Yesterday. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diamond examines how Amazonian Indians, Inuit and other traditional societies have adapted and evolved for nearly 6 million years. He explains what we can still learn from these traditional societies regarding universal human problems like elder care, child rearing, physical fitness and conflict resolution.

Location: Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. book signing Cost: Regular: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students. Premium (priority seating and copy of new book) $45 standard, $45 members.

Cheetahs on the Run

Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

Join Frans and Chris on a remarkable journey to uncover the secret life of the cheetah--the fastest animal in the world, and the most vulnerable of all the big cats. In this year's show, Frans and Chris travel from the fabled Serengeti Plains of East Africa to the remote deserts of central Iran, where Frans gained exclusive access to document the last wild cheetahs left in Asia--cats so rare that few people know they exist. This show features images and video from a brand-new assignment Frans and Chris produced for National Geographic, and includes coverage of cheetah "supermoms" raising kittens on the run--and on the edge of survival--as well as the little-known cultural history of cheetahs in Iran, which dates back thousands of years. Join us for a fascinating afternoon or evening of discoveries and insights about the shiest and most elegant of great cats. Proceeds from the presentations will benefit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab.

Tickets on sale December 11, 2012 Seymour Center Members $18 / General Admission $23 Tickets available: Seymour Marine Discovery Center Online at http://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu or http://seymourcenter.brownpapertickets.com

Democracy Now! broadcast from the annual U.N. Climate Change Summit

Democracy Now! will broadcast from the annual U.N. Climate Change Summit, as it convenes in Doha, Qatar. Tune in next week, Dec. 3-7, to see our coverage of the official proceedings, as well as events outside the conference.

As Amy Goodman noted in her recent column, "No world leader at the UN climate change summit hasn’t heard the warnings, but it will take popular pressure to make them act."

Please send us suggestions for people at COP 18 we could interview and any interesting climate-related news updates to stories(at)democracynow.org with "Doha" in the subject line. You can also tweet us at @democracynow or message us on our Facebook page.

For years, Democracy Now! has closely followed the issues of global warming and climate change. We reported live from the three recent U.N. Climate Change Conferences in 2010 from Cancún in 2009, from Copenhagen, and in 2011 from Durban. In addition, we attended the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by Bolivia in 2010.

We have interviewed many of the world’s top scientists, writers, policy makers, activists, indigenous leaders and academics who focus on these issues. We also continue to follow the local and global environmental movements who are organizing to directly confront the root causes of global warming, advocate for climate justice, and to provide sustainable alternatives.


Hacking Meat: An Online Conversation Exploring The Future of Meat

Food+Tech Connect, GRACE Communications Foundation and Applegate are hosting an online conversation, asking leading food and technology innovators: “How can information and technology be used to hack* (or reimagine) the future of meat?”

There has never been more interest in disrupting the way meat is produced, distributed, sold, consumed and communicated to the public, yet significant barriers exist to scaling current solutions. This is why we are inviting thought leaders and the public to better define these challenges and explore ways that data, technology and new communication methodologies can be used to create a more sustainable, profitable and healthy future of meat.

Please join the conversation and share your own ideas or product requests in the guest post comments, on your own blog (send us a link), on Twitter (hashtag #hackmeat) or on Facebook. We will collect all of your ideas into a community “wish list,”** which will serve as an open resource for those looking to develop or fund meat-related technologies.

While the conversation will begin online, we are also be hosting an in-person “hackathon,” an event during which volunteers will self-organize to develop tools and solve problems over the course of 48 hours. “Meat // Hack” will occur December 7 – 9 in NYC and will bring together key stakeholders to present their meat-related challenges and work with entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives, academics and policy experts to rapidly prototype new solutions. Sign-up to participate in the hackathon here. Food+Tech Connect

Gus Speth

There are a few spots left for an inspiring and fun evening with Gus Speth. Gus is author of the award-winning America the Possible book series and founder of World Resources Institute. He will discuss the problems in which the United States now finds itself and how we can move towards an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize.

11/12 Bay Area talk (video).

  • Date/Time: *Tuesday Nov. 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Place: *Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd

Cupertino, CA 95014

  • Fee: *FREE

This is a Human Agenda organized event co-sponsored by Acterra, De AnzaCommunity College's Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies, San Jose State University Environmental Studies Dept., Santa Clara University Environmental Studies Institute, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition, Latinos for the Environment and TransForm.

Carpool and public transportation is highly recommended. If you drive please bring $2 for the parking meter and park in Lot D, Kirsch Center Environmental Study Area or Lot E, Child Development Center Science Center Planetarium S Quad.

Please see the attached flyer and to register visit, here

“The Right to Food: A Weapon Against Global Hunger”

The Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University is pleased to welcome to Tufts on November 27 the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter for a lecture which will be webcast at 3:00 pm EST. The event is part of the institute’s ongoing research on the global food crisis, which GDAE’s Timothy A. Wise recently discussed in a World Politics Review article, “Global Food Security in a Volatile World.”

“The Right to Food: A Weapon Against Global Hunger”

Olivier De Schutter UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

November 27, 2012, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ASEAN Auditorium The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA 02155 USA

Open to the public. If you are unable to attend, the event will be webcast live.

In his four-year tenure as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter has been instrumental in promoting the right to food as a human right and as a powerful new tool in the effort to end global hunger. His work has taken on particular importance in the wake of the food price spikes of recent years, which threatened the lives of millions of people in developing countries. The new food crisis called into question many of the prevailing policies guiding agricultural development.

As Wise writes in “Global Food Security in a Volatile World”, “The three price spikes have yet to prompt global leaders to address the key drivers of the food crisis: biofuels expansion, food commodity speculation, the lack of adequate public grain reserves, insufficient investment in sustainable smallholder agriculture and the impact of climate change.” All have been subjects of Olivier De Schutter’s pathbreaking work on the right to food.

The event is cosponsored by: The Fletcher School Food Policy Club • Institute for Human Security, The Fletcher School • The Agriculture Food and Environment Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy.

To watch the event via the live webcast, participants must register to view the live stream. The registration will open the morning of the event?

Earth Summit: Energy

The 12th Annual Campus Earth Summit will occur in Winter, following the five Blueprint Breakout Discussions. All the Blueprint Breakouts will take place in the College 8 Red Room, from 5:30-8:30, the dates and topics for these discussions are: October 24th: Transportation and Social & Environmental Justice November 14th: Green Building and Land, Habitat & Watershed November 28th: Purchasing and Energy January 23rd: Waste Prevention and Water February 20th: Food Systems and Academics & Curriculum More

How’s the Water Today? Changes in Water Quality at the Land-Sea Interface

Sunday, November 18, 1 PM Science Sunday How’s the Water Today? Changes in Water Quality at the Land-Sea Interface Raphael Kudela, Professor, Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz Raphe KudelaHuman beings have been curious about the oceans since they first walked along their shores. We increasingly rely on the oceans as a source of food, energy, natural products, and recreation. While the oceans are vast, human populations can and do have a direct impact on the health and quality of both our inland watersheds and coastal ocean. Come learn about the changes, both positive and negative, that scientists have been documenting in Monterey Bay and the greater California coast, and what we as concerned citizens and scientists can do to preserve our coastal water quality.

Also Sunday, November 25, 2-3:30 PM Marine Mammal Research Tour more info

Art of Engagement: Inviting Dialogue, Inclusion, & Collaborative Learning

We all come to group situations with a wealth of life experience. How can that experience be drawn out to tap into collective wisdom and support a deeper learning environment? This interactive conversation is for anyone interested in understanding how to work with the dynamics and psychology of group interaction. Whether you are a student leader (or aspiring student leader), instructor, or community organizer, join us to hear of some lessons learned, facilitative approaches and stories from around the world about helping groups to be open, participatory, democratic, and self-responsible - whether they are understanding each other across differences or designing an iPhone app.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 5-7 pm Kresge Seminar Room 159

You are invited to an evening of snacks, tea, experiential learning, and conversations that matter.

Lisa Heft is an international consultant, facilitator and educator specializing in participant-driven group facilitation using such methods as Open Space Technology, graphic thinking, interactive learning, inquiry circles and non-verbal dialogue. She offers trainer and facilitation training, design, and facilitation in six continents. Lisa lives in Berkeley, California.

Petrol politics and the Arab spring

Alan Richards, UC Santa Cruz professor emeritus of environmental studies, will speak on “Petrol Politics in the Wake of Arab Spring” at the next "pub science talk" Tuesday, November 13 at the Red Restaurant and Bar, in downtown Santa Cruz.

The talk will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The Red is located upstairs in the historic Santa Cruz Hotel at the corner of Cedar and Locust streets.

Richards, who retired 2009 after 33 years at UCSC, is an economist and expert on energy politics. He is the author of The Political Economy of the Middle East. He won the UCSC Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009. Pub science talks are sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Environmental Studies Department.

24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report

24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report this week has exciting, essential international climate change programming you won't want to miss.

The event will start at 8:00 pm Eastern U.S. time (5 pm Pacific) this Wednesday, November 14th, and end at 8:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time on Thursday, November 15th. All of it will be broadcast online, and will be available to live-stream. Watch it here: www.climaterealityproject.org We're focusing on all the major regions of the world, moving West, hour by hour from one time zone to the next. Every hour will talk about impacts we're already seeing as well as solutions we already have at our disposal, and each hour will have videos from the region and short panel discussions. To find out more about each segment, please scroll down the page (http://climaterealityproject.org/) to the hourly schedule. Click on any region you're interested in and you'll see who'll be appearing that hour and what topics they’ll be focusing on. Link

Bill McKibben's Do the Math Tour

This Fall, Bill McKibben and 350.org are going on tour across America to build the movement we need to face the crisis of climate change.

On Nov. 10th, Bill will be in Palo Alto to lay out the terrifying new math of climate change, explaining the incredible odds we face, and the difficult path we must walk in the coming years to create a livable future for our planet.

Bill will be joined by friends from across the climate movement and beyond to explain how together we can confront the fossil fuel industry, using lessons from the most successful movements of the past century and the past year of dramatic new actions against the industry across the country.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST) Palo Alto, CA

Visit math.350.org for more information about the tour and 350.org.

TEDxSF's 9th gathering, 7 Billion Well

7 Billion Well: November 10th, 2012

Your team for TEDxSF's 9th gathering, 7 Billion Well is hard at work- with some great adds to our upcoming event, at the beautiful UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Saturday, November 10th, 2012.

We will examine global health through a new model of wellness and optimization for everyone. Imagine the global population not just disease-free, but the people of the planet optimized. Healthy in mind, body, and spirit, and co-creating a better future. More

Food Week

Food Week at UCSC Farm October 21-27 More

Transportation and Environmental Justice
Weds 10/24

Transportation and Environmental Justice

Our first Blueprint breakout of the year will be Wednesday, October 24th, from 5:30 to 8:30 in the College Eight Red Room. Come join the brainstorming discussions that culminate each year in the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus resource guide! Enjoy a free catered dinner and the conversation of many fine staff, faculty, and students! Student Environmental Center contact klippus AT ucsc.edu]

Center for Sustainable Design and Construction

We are extremely grateful to have a new and very talented apprentice at the EcoLogic Design Lab. She will also be helping to mentor students at the Sustainable Design program at Hartnell College, Center for Sustainable Design and Construction - Alisal Campus.

Hope you can join us for a guest lecture by Eleonora Pellegrini. Among other projects, she will discuss our work to design a cultural center for the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation (OCEN) at Fort Ord.

Friday 6pm at the Center for Advanced Technology, Room C105 , 1752 E Alisal St Salinas Ca

Hope you can make it ! We will also be breaking ground on our new Technical Training Building Nov 15. (More on this later...)Link

"Rethinking Development in light of Climate Change"

"Rethinking Development in light of Climate Change"

Increasingly climate change impacts have called into question the sustainability of development policies and practices. At the same time, development efforts share many of the goals of climate change adaptation and mitigation - namely, poverty/vulnerability reduction and resilience/capacity building. Scholars and practitioners in both areas have recognized the need for more collaboration across these two fields, yet 'the critical question seems to be how to integrate development planning and climate adaptation policy in ways that avoid the pitfalls of past failed development practices while promoting positive synergies' (Lemos et al. 2007) This conference brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to explore to what extent the awareness of climate change causes and impacts is transforming development theories and practices. Keynote lectures by Dr. Hallie Eakin (School of Sustainability, Arizona State University) and Dr. Ashwini Chhatre (Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:30am - 5:00pm Oakes College

Please be sure to register by email to: idwg AT ucsc.edu Link

Wendell Berry

Monday, Oct 29 7:30p at San Francisco War Memorial Opera House: Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA Herbst Theatre

City Arts & Lectures (these are broadcast on radio but not podcast).

Wendell Berry is a widely celebrated writer, poet, essayist and novelist, but first and foremost, he is a farmer. An original American prose voice, Berry writes with a calm and compelling vision about our sense of kinship with the land.

10th Annual Practical Activism Conference

Tools for Local and Global Change 10/20/2012 Saturday 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM

The Practical Activism Conference is a daylong, student-led, conference featuring keynote speaker Angela Davis, ten workshops, organizations, and hands-on activism sessions. The conference is planned by a group of dedicated College Nine, College Ten, and Oakes College students. Location: College 9 and 10 multi-purpose room - North part of campus

Free admission
schedule and info Contact information for this event: Name: Rachel Ogata Phone: (831) 459-1253 Email: rogata AT ucsc.edu

Mountain Justice in the Coalfields!

Sun, Oct 21st: Film Screening at Subrosa

Event: Mountain Justice in the Coalfields! Direct Action Speakers and Screening Low Coal

Where: 703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA

Time: Speakers at 6, Film at 6:30

Community organizers, direct action campaigners, and West Virginia natives, Junior Walk and Brandon Nida, will be speaking about the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining in his community, the interaction of global forces and local corporate control which have allowed violent environmental injustice to occur, and the direct action campaign that is actively resisting mountaintop removal mining in the coalfields of West Virginia.

Following the speaker, a screening of Low Coal, a documentary about mountaintop removal and the divisive campaign to stop it, put at odds with people's jobs in the region. If you've heard "Which Side Are You On?" this film describes the present conflict in working class communities.

Door: $5-$10 Donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Sponsored by: Rising Tide North America

Chicano Latino New Student Welcome

The Chicano Latino New Student Welcome or CARNAVAL is a collaboration between Chicano Latino and Multicultural student organizations, EL Centro, and College Nine and Ten Programs. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with over 25 student organizations, over a dozen campus and community resources, meet new people and to have an evening of fun Raza style! Sat 5-8pm College 9/10 Multipurpose Rm. FOR MORE INFORMATION: elcentro AT ucsc.edu or call 459-2427 or click on the link to see a full description and a list of many of the student organizations that will be at CARNAVAL.


University Cafe

A really neat event will be happening next Monday evening, Oct. 8, 5-8:00 at the Kresge Town Hall. Four diverse panelists will speak briefly about UCSC expansion, LAFCO, water, and local salmon (and the intimate connections among them all) from 5-6. Panelists include a student representative from the Community Water Coalition, a pro-growth representative from UCSC administration, Mayor Done Lane, and Rick Longinotti from SC Desal Alternatives. FREE DINNER catered by INDIA JOZE will accompany the University Cafe-style discussions of questions related to the evening's theme. [facebook.com/groups/ucscworldcafe Link]

Internship Search

10/10/2012 Monday,Wednesday,Thursday 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Get started on your Internship search today! Balance your studies with work experience! Discover resources for finding internships and what is needed for the application. Learn how to think "out of the box" when seeking internships and/or creating your own internship. Presenter April Goral Location: Bay Tree Bookstore - East part of campus Room: Cervantes Bay Tree Conference Center- 3rd Floor


Two Plant Sales: Arboretum and CNPS!
10/13 Fall Plant Sales

10/13/2012 Saturday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

FALL: It's the best time to plant. UCSC Arboretum will sell California Native plants and plants native to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. CNPS sells a lovely selection of California natives. The sale opens to the public at noon and ends at 4 pm. Members of either organization may enter both sales between 10 am and noon. Memberships in either organization are available at the gate for early entry. The Arboretum plant list will be online here by Oct. 5. (831) 427-2998 or e-mail arboretum@ucsc.edu.

Dharma Ridge Whole Earth Institute Fall Internship

The Dharma Ridge Whole Earth Institute schedules its opening event to celebrate the beginning of the UCSC Environmental Studies Fall Internship Program. With live music, belly dancing, cobb oven pizza, introductory tours and talks from program directors. Come by Sept 29, 2012 to visit Dharma Ridge and find out about the outstanding educational opportunities.More

Global Citizen Festival
9/29-30 The most widely-broadcast charity concert in history will take place in New York City's Central Park with Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'Naan. The Global Citizen Festival will shine a spotlight on extreme poverty. Earth Day Network is the official Sustainability Partner, and has made a major commitment: plant 10 million trees in impoverished areas in five years. The Global Citizen Festival is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project. Live streaming.

Fall Harvest Festival
9/30 Apples, corn, cider, and pumpkins take center stage at the 18th annual Fall Harvest Festival, coming up Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UC Santa Cruz’s 25-acre organic farm.

Along with the season's bounty, the festival features live music from rock to reggae and bluegrass to marimba, along with hay rides, kids’ crafts, workshops, tours, pumpkin and produce sales, and campus and community group information tables. More

Free Arboretum Tours
6/14 Link
Santa Cruz Wharf Tours

In collaboration with the City of Santa Cruz, UCSC's Seymour Marine Discovery Center is now leading free 30-minute public tours on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. The Seymour Center's marine science interpreters are also available between tours to answer questions about the variety of wildlife visible at the wharf...Tours meet at the stage on the west side of the wharf between Olitas and Marini's, and end a short walk away at the sea lion overlook. Tours run year-round, rain or shine. According to Jeff Myll, one of the Seymour Center docents leading the tours, the first question from many visitors is, "How did those sea lions get up under the wharf?"

In addition to the docent-led tours, blue-and-green signs at several locations on the wharf and elsewhere along the coast of Santa Cruz provide information accessible with a smart phone as part of a self-guided "ecotour" program sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz.

Visitors are welcome at the Seymour Center at Long Marine Laboratory every day during the summer and six days a week beginning in September. The center is a "living classroom" featuring aquariums, exhibits, touch tanks, whale skeletons, full-scale elephant seal models, the Ocean Discovery Shop, and unsurpassed ocean vistas. The aquariums and exhibits feature the everyday tools of ocean exploration and focus on research conducted by scientists locally and around the world. Interactive stations provide hands-on learning experiences, and docents lead tours and bring marine science to life. The Seymour Center is located at the end of Delaware Avenue in Santa Cruz.

For more information about the Seymour Center or the wharf tours, call (831) 459-3800 or visit the center'sweb site link. See also Long Marine lab tours

Raj Patel on the Food Crisis

British-born Raj Patel has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States, so it's safe to say he has a pretty comprehensive world-view. Called "the rock star of social justice," this activist is best known for his 2008 book Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. See him live at the Cubberly Community Center, where he'll delve into the complex reasons why half the world is malnourished while the other half suffers from overabundance and obesity. [2] (listen to audio)

Seed Exchange

The UC Santa Cruz Demeter Seed Library invites community members from all over Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay Area to its second exchange of 2012, happening on Saturday, May 26 from noon to 3 p.m. at the UCSC Farm.

Join the seed project and gain access to its collection of locally adapted heirloom seeds for free.

A seed library is a means by which a community can store and protect its rare heirloom vairities of plants. The event is free to the public and the only stipulation for borrowing seeds is to return 20 times the amount of seeds you borrow for at least two varities. This may sound difficult but it really is not, especially when one considers one seed has the potential to produce hundreds of seeds.

The seed library has been working with local farmers and gardeners to preserve and encourage local food biodiversity. Heirloom species of plants go extinct every day. More

Santa Cruz Film Festival
5/10-19 Has films by UCSC students and plenty of green movies as well Link
Bike to Work Week Activities

UCSC's Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) has joined with Ecology Action to host the 25th Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week, May 4 - 12, 2012. The Bike Week program aims to provide a safe, supportive and festive environment for local commuters to try traveling by bike. Once people take that first step (pedal?), they often find that cycling provides many benefits—from being environmentally-friendly and economical to reducing stress and improving personal health.

On Wednesday, May 9th, TAPS and the Student Environmental Center (SEC) will be conducting a bike helmet give-away from 2:00pm-6:00pm, while supplies last, at the Barn Theater. Helmets are available to UCSC afflilates; UCSC student or employee ID card is required. Bike safety information and a cyclist survey will also be available.

On Thursday, May 10th, cyclists get a free breakfast at sites throughout Santa Cruz County, including four UCSC sites available from 6:30am - 9:30am:

UCSC Women's Center, Cardiff House (near the base of campus) UCSC "Top of the Bike Path" UCSC Bike Coop, Bay Tree Plaza Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Marine Science Campus

Beginning cyclists can sign-up to join an experienced cyclist to bike to the campus at the Bike Buddy program. Other resources to help you ride your bike safely are also available online. To learn more about the many events taking place during Bike Week, visit link. Ride safe and have fun!

Spring Food Week Activities: May 14–19

Strawberry Justice Festival, May 17th, 4–6 pm, UCSC Farm

This year the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and UCSC’s Food Systems Working Group will once again host a campus-oriented Strawberry Justice Festival at the UCSC Farm. The event will include a panel discussion on strawberry production, along with live music, fresh organic berry tasting, a social justice self-guided tour, an art and mural expression zone on justice and agriculture, and more! Stay tuned for details. Measure 43 funding supports this free event.

UCSC Dining's Farm Fridays

UCSC Dining is introducing a new way to recognize and appreciate the local farms and farmers that supply fresh produce to student diners. "Farm Fridays" will feature produce from one of the many local farms—including the UCSC Farm—in new menu selections, and a chance to chat with students from UCSC's Farm Systems Working Group, who work throughout the year to educate students about food systems issues. See the UCSC Dining website for additional details and a schedule of upcoming Farm Fridays, along with Meatless Mondays and Beefless Thursdays.

Food System Learning Journey Sign Ups Open, April 10, 9 am

Sign ups for 2012 spring quarter Food System Learning Journeys open on Tuesday, April 10 at 9 am for UCSC students. This spring’s learning journeys include a bike tour of local farms, a visit to Harley Farms to learn about goat cheese making, a canning workshop at Happy Girl Kitchen, and a visit to India Joze to learn about integrating spices with local produce for farm fresh cooking. These journeys are supported by UCSC’s Measure 43 funding. Sign ups for staff, faculty, and Santa Cruz residents begins on Wednesday, April 11. Check the UCSC Recreation website for information on how to sign up for spring-time learning journeys. Link

CAN Summer Sustainable Development Field Course

CAN will be hosting an Info Session for our Summer Sustainable Development Field Course happening in Agua Buena, Costa Rica from July 15 - 28! This info session will take place Wednesday May 2nd from 7 - 8:30pm in building A3 of the Sustainable Living Center in the Village. This will be a great opportunity for students to come learn more about what this course offers and the logistics of participating, to meet with some of the lead instructors and organizers of the course, ask questions, and meet other prospective participants! Our application deadline for the course is May 15th, so anyone who's thinking of participating is strongly encouraged to attend this info session so they can submit their applications on time! For questions, please contact Arielle at fieldstudy@canunite.org. Link

This Week at UCSC

Bunnett Symposium - 5/4/2012 The 2012 Bunnett Symposium will be held Friday, May 4th, and will feature a lecture from Peter G. Schultz, Professor of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute.

Wilderness Medicine: Fast paced and hands-on, this two day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel in the outdoors. Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your...

Botanical Tour of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District - 5/5/2012 Leisurely 2-hour, one mile walking tour with plant experts Angel Guerzon and Suzanne Schettler, and historian Frank Perry to explore the native and non-native plants of UCSC’s Cowell Lime Works... I've Got Something On Your Mind - 5/5/2012

Cardiac Pacer 5 Mile Run - 5/5/2012 5 Mile run across campus to upper trails. Begins at ends at the East Field Track.

Plant Sale: The biggest and best collection of organically grown flower, herb and vegetable starts, perennials, grasses, and other landscape plants available in the region. Friends of the Farm & Garden receive... details

Speaking Youth to Power

Abigail Borah, student, SustainUS.org Tania Pulido, Green For All Fellow; Brower Youth Award winner Adarsha Shivakumar, Stanford student, litigation plaintiff

From courtrooms to diplomatic enclaves, youth advocates are clamoring to make their voices heard. Climate Progress dubbed 21-year-old college student Abigail Borah the “Durban Climate Hero” by for her appeal for faster action at a recent UN climate conference. Other advocates are filing suits claiming the U.S. and state governments have a legal responsibility to protect the atmosphere for future generations. Join us for a conversation with youth trying to build a cleaner future starting now. Mon, Mar 26 2012 - 6:00pm Location: SF Club Office Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. youth led roundtables Cost: $20 standard, MEMBERS FREE, STUDENTS FREE (with valid ID) Also know: The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV. Link

Right to Vote on Desal
Mon. 4/7

UCSC's Tim Fitzmaurice, along with 4 other former Santa Cruz mayors (Jane Weed, Bruce Van Allen, Chris Krohn, and Celia Scott) and former County Supervisor Gary Patton will be speaking their minds on the importance of guaranteeing our right to vote on desalination.

Where: Mitchell's Cove Bluff, the proposed in-take site of the desal plant, on Westcliff near Almar and Sunset Blvd. When: Sat. April 7, 3:00. After the main event, people will walk along part of the proposed pipeline. For more information, check out our website at Link.

Van Jones, Rebuild the Dream
Mon. 4/16

Van Jones, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Author, Rebuild the Dream Steve Wright- Moderator

Van Jones, one of the nation’s leading evangelists for ecological equality, is switching gears. A cofounder of three non-profits and a former advisor to President Obama, Jones is now working to build a movement grounded in tough-minded American idealism to "take back the American Dream." Rejecting the fashionable mantra of cut-backs and austerity, Jones makes the case for public policies and investments, hoping to create 10 million, well-paying American jobs. Learn more about Jones’ new book Rebuild the Dream and get a glimpse of how his plot for change has thickened since last summer’s interview. Mon, Apr 16 2012 - 7:00pm Location: Adobe Systems, 345 Park Ave, San Jose Time: 6:30 p.m. check in; 7 p.m. program; 8 p.m. book signing Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)Link

Earth Day mobilization
April 22 UCSC organizing effort. See also MobilizeU is an international movement of concerned and active college students competing and mobilizing their campuses around acts of green throughout the month surrounding Earth Day 2012. Join now! link

Worldwatch Institute Live web event

The Worldwatch Institute invites you to the official launch of State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity on April 11th. We will celebrate the release of this important Rio+20 edition of State of the World by inviting some of the book’s key contributors to discuss their ideas on how we can achieve “sustainable development.” Speakers will include Worldwatch President Robert Engelman; Project Co-Directors Michael Renner and Erik Assadourian; report authors Joe Foti of the World Resources Institute, Mia MacDonald of Brighter Green, Michael Replogle and Colin Hughes of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Diana Lind of Next American City; and Bo Normander of Worldwatch Europe. Also joining via satellite will be Severn Suzuki, who first shook the global community as a young girl making a strong declaration at the first Rio Summit and has acted as an environmental champion ever since.


TEDxSanFrancisco Salon: BIG BLUE

Andy Sharpless, Oceana Amos Nachoum, Photographer Edward Lu, Former Astronaut, Google Innovation Head,Liquid Robotics Jenefer Palmer, Osea Casson Trenor, Fisher of New Ideas Patri Friedman, Seasteading Institute Mkalani Souza The 2nd part of the evening will feature the WORLD PREMIER OF OKEANOS, a multimedia immersive dance and film experience, with voiceover by TED Prize Winner SYLVIA EARLE, Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PT) San Francisco, CA More

The Blueseed Project

Max Marty, CEO, The Blueseed Project

Projected to be the first floating city in international waters, The Blueseed Project is dedicated to harvesting entrepreneurship by creating a place where the world’s top tech minds can collaborate. Twelve miles off the coast of Northern California, residents would not be subject to work visa limitations. Called the “Googleplex of the Sea,” The Blueseed Project is awakening a host of complex issues including immigration policy, visa limitations, international policy, social entrepreneurship and more.

Location: Adobe, 345 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95110 Time: 6:30 p.m. program Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)Link

Earth Day
April 22 UCSC Earth Week starts the 16th. See also MobilizeU link
city event

Economics of Happiness Conference
March 23 As our economic, environmental and social crises converge, it is becoming ever clearer that lasting solutions will require more than band-aids: we need fundamental change. The Economics of Happiness conference will explore the potential for economic localization to provide systemic solutions to our many global crises. It will cover many of the themes explored in ISEC's new documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, which has inspired audiences from the US, UK and Australia to Peru, Thailand and Japan. The conference will bring together a wide range of insightful and impassioned speakers, including many of the voices from the film. Lectures and plenary sessions will be interspersed with workshops, facilitated discussions and film screenings. Friday, Mar 23 6:00p

at David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA Film

March 23

Dan Rosen, Founder and CEO, Solar Mosaic Michael Shuman, Author, Local Dollars Local Sense Additional panelists TBA

After decades of globalization there's a new current pulling the other direction. Local food caught on and now people are thinking about buying other products from another county instead of another continent. Join us for a conversation how to invest in local businesses, create resilient communities, and prosper

Location: SF Club Office Time: 11:30 a.m. check in, noon program, 1:00 p.m. reception Cost: $20 standard, MEMBERS FREE, $7 students (with valid ID) Also know: The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV Link


What on Earth Will It Take?

Fri. 3/16

OOPS maybe not so good: link

Film screening, followed by Q&A with filmmakers 03/16/2012 Friday 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

Time: Friday, March 16, 7pm, Doors open at 6:30, Followed by Q & A with the Filmmakers.

Foster Gamble - Creator/Host/Co-Writer/Visual Designer of THRIVE - used the time he had as a direct descendent of Procter and Gamble to research answers to questions many people have but don’t have the time to pursue. What is keeping us from thriving and what can we do about it? He ventured into bold realms and returned with startling coherence and strategies for global transformation. THRIVE is the result of his lifetime quest. He began his film career co-creating the first filmmaking department at Princeton University.

Kimberly Carter Gamble - Producer/Director/Co-Writer of THRIVE - brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to Clear Compass Media, including what she gained as a former journalist, including for Newsweek International; a producer of large projects and events and as a lifelong activist for social justice. She is CEO and Co-Founder of Clear Compass Media and a former student of UCSC.

Location: Media Theater - West part of campus Room: Media Theater Doors open at 6:30pm Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: - Free for students & faculty (free advance tickets must be picked up in person at the UCSC Ticket Office with a Student/Faculty ID) - $10 for General Public (advance tickets available at http://santacruztickets.com)


Free TED simulcast
Fri 3/2

For the first time ever TEDxSantaCruz, under a license from TED.com will be providing the greater Santa Cruz community free access to a one day (March 2nd, 2011) LiveCast of the actual TED2011 event taking place in Long Beach, California. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience an amazing lineup of speakers. Visit our web site for more details and to register for the event.

The event will be held at: Inner Light Center, 5630 Soquel Drive Soquel, California 95073 starting at 8:00 am and ending at 7:00 pm. Box lunches and dinner will be available for purchase. Please sign up on our web site for either or both meals. To see what's going on, see the TEDblog. 5 videos have already been put online.

11th Annual Earth Summit: Sprout!
Sat. 3/3

UCSC College 9/10 Multipurpose Room · Saturday, March 3, 2012, 11am-5:00pm

Come to the Student Environmental Center's 11th Annual Campus Earth Summit on Saturday, March 3rd! This is the perfect opportunity to show your passion and get involved in the future of environmental sustainability, social justice, education and food! There will be an abundance of catered refreshments, music, tabling, workshops, performances and speakers. Help plant the seeds of action and grow the sprouts of change! For more information, or to get involved with the final planning process, contact Eliza at emilio@ucsc.edu! More

Real Food vs. Affordable Food: Can we have both?
Weds 3/7

Join journalist Tracie McMillan to discuss her work for The American Way of Eating, which chronicles her experience in three undercover jobs across the American food system: California farmworker, produce clerk in a Detroit-area Walmart, New York City Applebee's kitchen wretch. Weaving policy and agricultural economics into personal narrative, McMillan explores what it would cost to grow food fairly.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:00-1:30 pm Oakes Mural Room (Room 223)

Support for the Studies of Food and the Body Multicampus Research Program is provided by the University of California Office of the President. Staff support is provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.

W 2/22/12

Come celebrate the local organic/sustainable foods movement and the UCSC Library's publication of Cultivating a Movement: An Oral History of Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture on California's Central Coast. The editors will read colorful, inspirational stories from this anthology based on extensive oral history interviews.

Santa Cruz County is a seedbed of pioneering organizations and farms that have transformed the food system locally and beyond over the past four decades. The sampling of narratives in this collection documents a multifaceted and interdependent community of change-makers who speak for themselves, offering a window into the dynamic history of the movement.

"If you find yourself depressed about the possibilities for positive change, pick up Cultivating a Movement and read a few stories told by people who have been devoting their lives to creating a sustainable food system in the heartland of agribusiness. As one of them says, to be a successful farmer 'you have to have a need, a desire, perseverance, strength and insanity.' That goes for the whole lot of them. These are inspiring people." --Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life and Growing, Older


BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ 1520 Pacific Avenue · Downtown Santa Cruz · 831-423-0900 link

Heirlooms: Cultivating a Movement: An Oral History of Organic Farming
W 2/22/12

A new book published by the UCSC Library’s Regional History Project offers a sparkling window into the 40-year history of how UC Santa Cruz--and California’s Central Coast—became leaders in the organic farming and sustainable agriculture movement.

The 340-page paperback anthology is a collection of 29 stories drawn from a larger archive of oral histories collected by the Regional History Project in 2010. It documents a dynamic community of farmers, researchers, activists, and educators, who speak for themselves about the transformative movement that emerged in the late 1960’s on the California coast.

Titled Cultivating a Movement: An Oral History of Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture on California’s Central Coast, the book focuses primarily on developments in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.A reading for the book will be held at Bookshop Santa Cruz on February 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The complete archive of transcripts, audio clips, photographs, and other resources from the larger oral history series is available on the UCSC Library’s website. More

Heirlooms: Saving Humanity's 10,000-year Legacy of Food
W 2/22/12

Jim Richardson “Heirlooms: Saving Humanity's 10,000-year Legacy of Food” a LongNow seminar (may be webcast) Link

Student Garden Cart
Fri 2/24 Connect with opportunities for good food! 2:30 Baytree Quarry Plaza Link

Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. The 2011/2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 36th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 390 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. Benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund. February 24 & 25 @ 7 pm Rio Theater, 1205 Souquel Ave, Brought to you by UCSC Recreation More

Food Week
2/13-20 A variety of free events will take place this week as part of Food Week at UCSC and this week's Real Food Challenge National Conference. See the .


Hazardous Waste: Exposure Pathways and Corrective Actions in the Silicon Valley

Come to SRI as we welcome Café Scientifique speakers:

Alana Lee: Project Manager EPA Superfund Division Katherine Baylor: EPA Hydrogeologist

Topic – “Hazardous Waste: Exposure Pathways and Corrective Actions in the Silicon Valley"

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Location: SRI Menlo Park (Middlefield Road at Ringwood Ave.)

For directions, video links and more, visit us on the web

Superfund is EPA's program to identify, investigate and clean up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the United States. In the Silicon Valley alone there are 25 Superfund sites (www.epa.gov/region9/superfund), each with a long history of soil and groundwater contamination and ongoing remedial activity.

At our February café, Alana Lee and Katherine Baylor will provide an overview of the Superfund and other hazardous waste programs at EPA Region 9. From there, they will review the challenges faced with cleaning up the legacy groundwater contamination sites in Silicon Valley that resulted from the release of chlorinated solvents into the subsurface during the early days of the high-tech industry. They will also discuss an emerging exposure pathway of concern: the migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater and soil into the indoor air environment. Alana and Kathy will cover some of their experiences and research efforts on vapor intrusion assessment at sites in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Legendary oceanographer, explorer Sylvia Earle

Legendary oceanographer, explorer, and author Sylvia Earle will present the sixth Fred Keeley Lecture on Environmental Policy Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the UC Santa Cruz Music Recital Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Named the first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, Earle will speak on "Oceans, Life, and Survival." She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. Earlier, she was chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 1990 to 1992 and has led more than 100 research expeditions involving more than 7,000 hours underwater. The New Yorker and New York Times have dubbed her "Her Deepness;" the Library of Congress calls her a "Living Legend." Link

Green Chef Competition

Green Chef is a fun, sustainable student cooking competition featuring a fresh, local, secret ingredient. This winter, the competition will be on Friday, February 17 alongside Strengthening the Roots 2012 at the College 9 + 10 Multipurpose Room at 6:00 pm, with shopping and cooking taking place earlier that day.

We are currently seeking teams of chefs for the competition. Chefs will receive the ‘secret ingredient’ and prepare a dish (entree or dessert) of their choice and a prize will be presented to the winning team. Be creative and have fun in the kitchen! Teams must be in groups of 3 and must attend the Mandatory Chef Orientation on Friday, February 3rd down at the Village Kitchen.

For more information or to confirm your interest in being a Green Chef, please contact greenchefucsc@gmail.com or visit link

Van Jones "Rebuilding the Dream"
T 2/21/12

Author of the best-seller The Green Collar Economy, Van Jones served as the green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama and is globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in clean energy economics and human rights. Jones is the co-founder and current president of Rebuild the Dream, an organization whose objective is to renew the American Dream through the utilization of media and technology to reinvest in our shared future. A graduate of Yale Law School, he is the co-founder of celebrated non-profit organizations Color of Change, Green for All, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Tuesday February 21, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Stevenson Event Center.

Tickets are available for free with a UCSC ID from 10-11 AM and 3-4 PM on February 16th and 17th at the African American Resource and Cultural Center located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building on the UCSC campus. Tickets are limited.

Labor Across the Food System Conference

CASFS is cosponsoring the Labor Across the Food System Conference at UCSC on February 3-4, 2012. Presented by the UCSC Center for Labor Studies, this free conference is open to the public and will “advance research and advocacy by bringing key scholars and advocates to Santa Cruz for discussions of the critical role of labor and social justice in remaking the global food system.” CASFS director Patricia Allen will be speaking as part of the Farm Labor panel on Saturday, February 4 from 9 am-10:3o am.

For schedule details, directions, and a list of presentations, see the conference web site.

Julie Sze: "Situating Sustainability Discourse in Shanghai: Global Flows and Urban Transformations in a Warming World"


This talk is drawn from Sze's current book project which examines flows, fears and fantasies in contemporary urban and global environmental culture, with a sustained look at Shanghai in China. She focuses here on Dongtan, a failed eco-city proposal, framing it within multiple ideological and spatial contexts.

Julie Sze is an Associate Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment. and in that capacity is the Faculty Advisor for 25 Stories from the Central Valley.

Sze’s book, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, awarded annually to the best published book in American Studies.

Sze’s research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and community health and activism. She has published on a wide range of topics such as energy and air pollution activism; toxicity; the cultural politics of the Hummer, and on environmental justice novels and cultural production.

Sze has been interviewed widely in print and on the radio: World’s Fair, MELDI, Newsweek, Asian Reporter, and Grist Magazine.

02/06/2012 Monday 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Location: College Eight Room: 301 Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Contact information for this event: Name: Courtney Mahaney Phone: 459-3527 Email: cmahaney@ucsc.edu

Arboretum Volunteer Orientation and Training
1/12 & 19

Three hours per Month Does Make a Difference! 01/12/2012 Thursday 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM This six week training and orientation is open to current Arboretum volunteers and prospective volunteers who will commit to an average of three hours per month. If a volunteer commitment is not possible, a $75 donation is requested. We are particularly interested in finding volunteers to help guide tours, Meet & Greet our visitors, or staff the library or gift shop. Trainings continue rain or shine, and attendance at each class is not required. Join us when you can, and learn what is so special about this living museum of botanical wonders. Location: Arboretum Room: Horticulture 2 Enter the Arboretum driveway off Empire Grade, continue driving slowly, bicycling or walking up the hill past Norrie's Gift Shop, and left toward the Horticulture Buildings. Parking and bike rack is on the left. Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free

Contact information for this event: Name: Susie Bower Phone: (831) 427-2998 Email: susiehb@ucsc.edu Link

"MENTAWAI — Listening to the Rainforest"

What does the rainforest tell us about ourselves and the world? In the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia, wildlife communicates using a complete spectrum of sound that exceeds the range and timbre of a western orchestra. More than 50 meters overhead, female gibbons sing expressive duets in the tree-tops. Hundreds of unique species of birds, frogs, and insects also call and chorus, and in the midst of this sonorous world live indigenous tribes who have listened to the rainforest and existed harmoniously with its flora and fauna for millennia.

"MENTAWAI — Listening to the Rainforest" is an experimental multimedia work joining electronic sound collage by Linda Burman-Hall using biologist Richard Tenaza's rare field recordings of threatened and endangered species with his photographic and her video images of their rain forest habitat. The piece features endangered primate vocalizations, birds and other environmental sounds from Indonesia's Mentawai Islands which lie in the tsunami zone more than 100 miles west of Sumatra. A panel discussion with UCSC scientists and artists will follow this world premiere presentation. Friday, January 20, 2012 - 7:30pm Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC) More

Morning Marine Wildlife Kayak Paddle
1/21 2/4

Morning is the one of the best times to see our marine wildlife. Seals, sea lions, sea otters and dolphins one of stand out and are more easily viewed during this time of day. Cruse from the calm waters of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor through the coves and kelp forests of the Santa Cruz Wharf and Lighthouse area. This is the perfect rip for beginners and groups of friends who are looking for a relaxing yet invigorating experience. Register Online: Beginning January 10th, 2012 Location: Off Campus Meet at the UCSC Dock at Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: $32 (Includes instruction, transportation, & equipment) Sponsored by: UCSC Recreation 01/21/2012 Saturday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Contact information for this event: Name: Skye Leone Phone:459-2800 Email: sleone1@ucsc.edu [3]

Energy Independence
W 1/25

Every president since Nixon has promised to make America energy independent. None has come close to that, or to moving the nation away from fossil fuels. The program's guest is Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who is working with Republican Senator Lamar Alexander on a proposal to fund a handful of American cities to build out infrastructure for electric cars. Rather than a government mandate, Merkley's proposal would be a voluntary competition among cities to compete for federal dollars to advance electric vehicles. Audio broadcast KQED 8 pm link video excerpt


Sramana Mitra, Founder, 1M/1M Global Initiative, discusses how Capitalism 1.0 has been hijacked by speculators, and why entrepreneurial hubs should be democratized to increase the distribution of capitalism. She insists that the framework for capitalism needs to change and provides an overview for Capitalism 2.0.Mitra is the founder of the 1M/1M global initiative, a program to help mentor a million entrepreneurs to reach a million dollars each in annual revenue, build $1 trillion in global GDP, and create 10 million jobs by the year 2020.

Location: SV Bank, 3005 Tasman Dr., Santa Clara Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID) DATE: THU, JANUARY 26, 2012 Link

Governor’s Conference on Extreme Climate Risks and California’s Future

The conference will be held December 15, 2011 at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Due to space limitations, attendance is by invitation only. The entire conference will also be webcast live on Governor Brown’s website at http://www.gov.ca.gov and conference viewers can submit questions to conference speakers through this site.

Event registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. See below for additional media information, a full agenda with speech and panel times and parking information.

The Governor’s Conference on Extreme Climate Risks and California’s Future

Participants (partial list): • California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. • Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger • Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change • Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group • Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality Other participants include public safety, insurance industry, public health and climate change experts, emergency response officials, public utility experts and farmers.

Topics: • California and the Global Climate Challenge • Climate Change’s Human and Economic Impacts on California • A National Perspective on Climate Action • Climate Solutions to Protect California Communities and Help our Economy • Perspectives on California's Leadership on Climate Change More

TEDxYouth Palo Alto (webcast)

TEDxYouth was inspired by a group of TED 2010 attendees in an effort to bring the TED universe to youth. Dreams have become reality. Now in our second year, TEDxYouth happens again November 20, 2011. Webcast available.

The "unXpected!” will share and inspire both possibilities and solutions. Four 70 minute speaker sessions will be organized around the concepts of “Ideas”, “Solutions”, “Actions” and “Go Forth. The day will include a mixture of fascinating thinkers and doer speakers, seasoned experts and a selection of recorded TEDTalks addressing technology, entertainment, design, science and the humanities.

Alternative Spring Break CAN
11/9 Orientation 5 pm.

Engage in meaningful intercultural exchange in a rural Mayan community as you work in local school gardens with youth and community leaders. Application Deadline: Friday Dec. 2, 2011 Download application. Return completed application to: fieldstudy@canunite.org For more information email fieldstudy@canunite.org or call 459-3619 Link

Internship Search Workshop

11/09/2011 Wednesday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Get started on your Internship search today! Balance your studies with work experience! Discover resources for finding internships and what is needed for the application. Learn how to think "out of the box" when seeking internships and/or creating your own internship. Presented by Sheila Rodriguez, UCSC internship adviser Location: Bay Tree Bookstore - East part of campus Room: Muwekma Ohlone Conference Room Bay Tree Conference Center (Bookstore Building), 3rd Floor Invited Audience: Open to UCSC Students only. Admission: Free Sponsored by: Career Center See also fair below

Contact information for this event: Name: Pete Norton Phone: (831) 459-4024 Email: phnorton@ucsc.edu Link

renewable energy from our oceans

Panelists to discuss renewable energy from the ocean in annual Norris Lecture November 10. Panelists will explore the current prospects of deriving renewable energy from our oceans in the annual Ken Norris Memorial Lecture at the Seymour Center at Long Marine Laboratory on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7 p.m. The event, "Renewable Energy from the Sea," is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and admission is first come, first served.

The panelists represent a broad range of expertise in issues related to public policy and regulatory guidelines, the physical challenges involved in developing the technology to harness energy from the ocean, and understanding its potential impacts on the ocean environment and ocean life. More

Frances Moore Lappé Headlines November 11th Food Presentation

Frances Moore Lappé headlines a panel that includes John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, along with Transition Santa Cruz founder Michael Levy and ocean scientist, author and advocate Dr. Wallace J. Nichols for a talk based on Lappé’s new book, EcoMind: What’s in Your Head Can Heal Our Planet. Video CASFS is cosponsoring this event, which will take place at Cabrillo College’s Crocker Theater on Friday, November 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm. $12 general admission, $8 students/seniors, available at Greenspace, Capitola Book Café, and online. Additional details here. see also Crocker Center, Cabrillo College. Frances Moore Lappé headlines a panel discussion with John Robbins, Michael Levy, and Wallace Nichols about her new book, EcoMind. Start Time: 18:30 Date: 2011-11-11

Fall Job and Internship Fair
T 11/15

11/15/2011 Tuesday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Meet representatives companies of various fields face-to-face. This fair is a great opportunity for you to "get your foot in the door" with employers who are interested in recruiting college students. As with any job fair, dress to impress and bring multiple copies of your resume. Location: Stevenson College - East part of campus Room: Stevenson Event Center Invited Audience: Open to UCSC Students only. Admission: Free Sponsored by: UCSC Career Center Estimated Attendance: 300

Contact information for this event: Name: Lindsey Rice Phone: (831) 459-2185 Email: lbrice@ucsc.edu Link

Arboretum First Saturday Tour
Sat 11/5

Around the World in 80 Minutes 11/05/2011 Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM The first Saturday of each month, the Arboretum offers a docent or staff-led tour of the Arboretum. Sometimes you will see New Zealand, South Africa, or California and Australia. Sometimes you might see combinations of several gardens or the developing World Conifer Collection or Rare Fruit Garden. Tour length varies depending on what's in bloom and what the participants request. Location: Arboretum Meet at Norrie's Gift Shop to begin the tour. Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Arboretum admission: $5 adults, $2 youth between 6-17 years. No additional charge for tour. Sponsored by: Arboretum Estimated Attendance: 15

Contact information for this event: Name: Susie Bower Phone: (831) 427-2998 Email: susiehb@ucsc.edu link

Jacqueline Novogratz, Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap…
Oct 19

The October 19, 2011 What’s Next Lecture Series will showcase Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture capital fund that utilizes innovative entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems involving global poverty.

Jacqueline will discuss her 2009 New York Times bestselling book, Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor in an Interconnected World. The book is Novogratz’s firsthand account of her life’s journey from international banker to socially conscious entrepreneur and founder of Acumen Fund.

The discussion will begin at 7 pm, location T.B.D. What’s Next Lectures is a collaboration between NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, College 8 at UC Santa Cruz, and the City of Santa Cruz. Link

Baskin School of Engineering showcases research
Th Oct 20

Advances in three exciting areas of technological innovation--computer games, genomics, and network science--will be presented by faculty in the Baskin School of Engineering at the school's annual Research Review Day on Thursday, October 20, at UC Santa Cruz. In addition to faculty research presentations, the event will include plenary talks by experts in the three focus areas and a graduate student poster session. The event is free, but advance registration at rr.soe.ucsc.edu is required.

"We are very excited about the lineup of speakers and topics for this year's event. These are areas of research in which our faculty and students are making important contributions and where we have strong connections with Silicon Valley industry," said Art Ramirez, dean of the Baskin School of Engineering.

Bill Mooney, studio vice president at Zynga, will give a plenary talk on "Behavioral psychology and economics in the virtual world: Giving people free stuff and controlling the variables." Mooney will discuss interesting unanswered questions regarding optimal pricing of virtual goods, predicting user behavior, and other considerations in social games such as Zynga's Farmville.

David Haussler, distinguished professor of biomolecular engineering at UC Santa Cruz and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will give a plenary talk on cancer genomics. As the cost of DNA sequencing continues to fall, cancer genome sequencing may become a widespread clinical practice. Haussler's group is in the forefront of efforts to establish a national infrastructure for handling cancer genome sequencing data.

The plenary talk on network science will feature Cisco distinguished engineer Flavio Bonomi, vice president and head of advanced architecture and research at Cisco. Bonomi has led a number of Cisco's advanced architecture activities and contributed to the establishment of Cisco's virtual, distributed research organization, collaborating with a growing network of industry and university partners. A broad range of faculty presentations will take place throughout the day. More.

9th Annual Practical Activism Conference
Oct 22

Tools for Local and Global Change 10/22/2011 Saturday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM The Practical Activism Conference is a daylong, student-led, conference with speakers, organizations, and hands-on activism sessions. The conference is planned by a group of dedicated College Nine, College Ten, and Oakes College students. Location: College 9 and 10 multi-purpose room - North part of campus Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Sponsored by: College Nine, College Ten, & Oakes College Estimated Attendance: 400

Contact information for this event: Name: Rachel Ogata Phone: (831) 459-1253 Email: rogata@ucsc.edu Link

2011 Food Day
Oct 24

Throughout the day, UCSC Dining will feature entirely local and organic specials in each dining hall on campus. In the evening there will be a film screening, pumpkin carvings, lively discussion on our food system, snacks and warm beverages at the UCSC Farm from 7-9pm.This evening event is free and open to students and community members!

Food Day will be October 24—in 2011 and in years to come. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. We will work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) are the Honorary Co-Chairs for Food Day 2011, and the day is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit watchdog group that has led successful fights for food labeling, better nutrition, and safer food since 1971. Like CSPI, Food Day will be people-powered and does not accept funding from government or corporations—though restaurants, supermarkets, and others are certainly encouraged to observe Food Day in their own ways.

Food Day is backed by an impressive advisory board that includes anti-hunger advocates, physicians, authors, politicians, and leaders of groups focused on everything from farmers markets to animal welfare to public health. But the most important ingredient in Food Day is you—and we invite you to organize an event and help make Food Day a success. Link

Cowell Lime Works Ghost Tour

10/29/2011 Saturday 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Halloween walking tour of the UCSC Cowell Lime Works Historic District. For more information, contact limeworks@ucsc.edu. Walking loop of about 1 mile. Appropriate for all ages. Location: Barn Theater - Base of campus Park and gather at the Barn Theater parking lot Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Sponsored by: Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District Contact information for this event: Name: Sally Morgan Phone: (831) 459-1254 Email: morgans@ucsc.edu link

Arboretum Fall Plant Sale
Oct 8

Two Plant Sales: Arboretum and CNPS! 10/08/2011 Saturday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM FALL: It's the "New Spring" as the best time to plant. UCSC Arboretum will sell California Native plants and plants native to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. CNPS sells a lovely selection of California natives. The sale opens to the public at noon and ends at 4 pm. Members of either organization may enter both sales between 10 am and noon. Memberships in either organization are available at the gate for early entry. The Arboretum plant list will be online at arboretum.ucsc.edu by Oct. 1. (831) 427-2998 or e-mail arboretum@ucsc.edu. Location: Arboretum Arboretum Eucalyptus Grove on Empire Grade at Western Dr. Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free

Contact information for this event: Name: Susie Bower Phone: (831) 427-2998 Email: susiehb@ucsc.edu Link

GREENPEACE Information Session
Oct 10

10/10/2011 Monday 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM Passionate about the environment? Check out GREENPEACE's semester long program that combines workshops in a classroom setting with travel and hands-on field experience. GREENPEACE is the leading global environmental campaigning organization. Don't miss this excellent opportunity! Location: Bay Tree Bookstore - East part of campus Room: Amah Mutsun Conference Room Bay Tree Building- 3rd Floor Invited Audience: Open to UCSC Staff, Students, and Faculty only Admission: Free Contact information for this event: Name: Lindsey Rice Phone: (831) 459-2185 Email: lbrice@ucsc.edu

Bioneers Conference
Oct 14-6

The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum presenting breakthrough solutions for people and planet. Join us on October 14-16, 2011 for the annual conference. Link

Oct 15 note correction


Inquiry is at the heart of progress. Research fuels discovery and eventually touches our everyday lives. Evolutionary/Revolutionary begins with a glimpse into the groundbreaking world of research, featuring a conversation with some of UC Santa Cruz’s faculty members at the forefront.

The second act guides you on a spectacular ride back through the origins of life, with a multimedia performance that will spark the senses and ignite the imagination. Link

Alum Frans Lanting’s multimedia show to highlight UCSC evening at Flint Center
Oct 15 The Oct. 15 event will also feature dynamic conversation with UCSC scientists on the origins of life and the future of research. UC Santa Cruz professors (from left) David Haussler, Richard E. (Ed) Green, and Sandra Faber will be featured in a panel discussion about the origins of life and the future of scientific research. NPR science correspondent--and UCSC alumnus--Joe Palca (below) will serve as moderator of the panel.

For more than two decades, acclaimed nature photographer Frans Lanting has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica, in an effort to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history.

A frequent contributor to National Geographic—where he served as photographer-in-residence—Lanting has been honored as “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year,” and received the Sierra Club’s "Ansel Adams Award."

And on October 15, he will join with the campus for a remarkable evening of art, science and life, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

Titled Evolutionary-Revolutionary, the event will open with a panel of top faculty from UC Santa Cruz, in a dynamic discussion about the origins of life and the future of scientific research—from the Big Bang to big breakthroughs.

That conversation will be moderated by National Public Radio’s award-winning science correspondent Joe Palca, who graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1982.

The second half of the event will feature Frans Lanting’s LIFE: A Journey Through Time—an original multimedia orchestral performance that chronicles the history of life on earth through Lanting’s imagery and the music of composer Philip Glass--with Carolyn Kuan conducting Symphony Silicon Valley. Link

Life Lab Workshop
Oct 16

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education 10/16/2011 Sunday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: UCSC Farm - Base of campus The Life Lab Growing Classroom Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: $150 Estimated Attendance: 25

Contact information for this event: Name: Whitney Cohen Phone: (831) 459-3833 Email: education@lifelab.org link

24 Hours of Reality

What is 24 Hours of Reality?

24 Presenters. 24 Time Zones. 13 Languages. 1 Message. 24 Hours of Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis. It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, representing every time zone around the globe. Each hour people living with the reality of climate change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events — including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the-globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage. We have reality.

24 Hours of Reality will be broadcast live online from September 14 to 15, over 24 hours, representing 24 time zones and 13 languages. Link

Fall Harvest Festival
Sun Sept 25

Celebrate the bounty of fall at the 17th annual Fall Harvest Festival, Sunday, September 25 at UC Santa Cruz’s 25-acre organic farm.

The festival features live music, hay rides, kids’ crafts, an apple variety tasting and apple pie contest, pumpkin and produce sales, and campus and community group information tables. Also on tap—workshops on making chutney and other apple treats, saving seeds, making compost, and “cupping” the perfect cup of coffee, along with farm tours and herb walks through the garden.

The festival will take place at the UC Santa Cruz Farm on Sunday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for UCSC students, kids 12 and under, and for members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden; general admission is $5. See full schedule of the day's events.

Winter 2011 Food Systems Learning Journeys

Canning, cooking, a “pizza tour” and an exploration of Cabrillo College’s Horticulture Center are all on the menu for 2011 through the upcoming Food System Learning Journeys. Get the details and sign up for one or more journeys starting on Tuesday, January 11 (January 12 for community members).

Santa Cruz Film Festival


i have listed the green ones on Environmental Films page, but might have missed a few.

Creativity and Innovation

On March 31, the UC Santa Cruz Arts Division will debut a new series of free public lectures on the subject of “Creativity and Innovation.” Arts Dean David Yager has selected nine speakers—all noted for their unique ability to bridge innovation and creativity within their professional career paths—to launch the new series.

The lectures are designed to challenge conventional ways of thinking and working in the world, and are presented in affiliation with the Art Department’s Issues and Artists course, taught by associate professor Lewis Watts.

“It’s always been a passion of mine to motivate students to think about creativity and innovation," explained Yager, "and to provide them with opportunities to think in new ways—ways they might never have imagined.” The list of speakers includes Philip Brookman, curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Darrin Caddes, VP of Corporate Design for Plantronics; Dan Roam, author/founder of Digital Roam; Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse; Annie Morhauser, artist/entrepreneur of AnnieGlass; Scott Summit, designer/founder of Summit ID and cofounder of Bespoke prosthetics; Stephen Huyler, cultural anthropologist; prosperity trainer Darrell Brown, and Playtex Corporation director Nicholas de Monchaux, whose pioneering plastics firm created the spacesuits worn by the astronauts who landed on the moon’s surface in 1969. See June 2 below More

Education for Sustainable Living Program

Monday Night Speaker Series 7pm-10pm Classroom Unit II

The ESLP Lecture Series is open to all members of the Santa Cruz community. ESLP's Heart Sphere brings lecturers in from all over the country and the world. In the past, ESLP has played host to such amazing speakers as Vandana Shiva, Derrick Jensen, Van Jones, Paul Stamets, Debra Rowe, and so many more.

April 4th- Mark Lakeman: Grassroots organizing, Place-making, and Building Sustainable Community

Mark Lakeman is a co-founder and sustainer of numerous city-changing initiatives and organizations, including The City Repair Project, the Village Building Convergence, Communitecture, Inc, Dignity Village, and the new Planet Repair Institute. Each of these entities is an aggressive, multi-disciplinary creative culture, working in partnership with numerous others. All of Mark's work engages and inspires place-based communities to creatively transform the social and environmental infrastructure of the public commons and private realms where people live. Often featuring permaculture or natural building techniques, each local initiative builds relational networks while leaving gorgeous footprints on the path to a better world.

April 11th-Leith Sharp & Ari Lesser:Sustainable Relationships on Campus & Political Hip-Hop

Leith Sharp has worked with universities for the last 18 years to achieve organizational change in the pursuit of environmental sustainability.In 1999 Harvard recruited Leith to be the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Under Leith’s leadership by 2008, Harvard had the largest green campus organization in the world including a $12 million revolving loan fund and over 50 LEED buildings. Leith has presented internationally, has consulted to over 100 organizations, and continues to teach at Harvard. She is currently the Executive Director of the Illinois Green Economy Network, a partnership of 48 community colleges coordinating large-scale green workforce training. She is also the Chair of the Sustainability Futures Academy, an international collaboration to accelerate the capabilities of executive leaders to drive sustainability into the core business of higher education. Leith has a bachelor of engineering (environmental engineering) from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Education (human development and psychology) from Harvard University.

Ari Lesser writes and performs intelligent, conscious, and often political Hip Hop music. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Ari Lesser is a spoken word artist and MC, performing at some of the best festivals in the Northwest. This multi-talented performer has recorded with Grammy -winning producers in LA and Miami and is one of the most approachable artists on the scene. Ari is not to be missed.

April 18th- Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander & Tim Galarneau:Food Systems

Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander, Author of “Comfortably Unaware: Global Depletion and Food Choice Responsibility,” Dr. Oppenlander is a sustainability advocate, writer, and speaker committed to improving the health of our planet. Through literary work or in person, he brings an eclectic combination of experiences regarding this topic spanning the past 40 years. Since the early 1970's, Dr. Oppenlander has extensively studied the effect our food choices have on our health and the immense impact those choices have on our environment. He is president and founder of an organic vegan food production and education business, and has given hundreds of lectures, presentations, and open discussions on the topic of food choice. He has been a featured guest appearing on radio shows, in newspapers and magazines. With "Comfortably Unaware" as well as with his speaking engagements, Dr. Oppenlander addresses the fact that our current choices of foods are causing Global Depletion-the loss of our land, water, air/atmosphere, food supply, biodiversity, energy resources, and our own health. In compelling fashion, he reveals serious inefficiencies and unsustainable practices in our current food production systems and explores unique solutions. Along the way, Dr. Oppenlander challenges audiences with new insights regarding how this has happened- exposing our cultural, social, educational, governmental, and even media influences.

Tim Galarneau is a past Roots of Change Fellow who works as an education and research program specialist on social issues for the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) focusing on farm to institution, community food systems, and student education and empowerment. He also serves as an advisor to campus farm to college efforts as a Board member for the California Student Sustainability Coalition and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. In addition, Tim is a co-founder of the Real Food Challenge that is working to shift over $1 billion in annual food procurement and consumption in colleges and universities in the United States by 2020 toward greater sustainability. Most recently, Tim is part of a diverse network of young leaders across the country, known as Live Real, that are creating a new “move-entity” for empowering youth and vulnerable communities toward changing their food systems

April 25th- Dr. Kevin Danaher: Green Economy for Social and Environmental Justice

Dr. Kevin Danaher is a Co-Founder of Global Exchange (1988), Founder and Executive Co-Producer of the Green Festivals (2001), and Executive Director of the Global Citizen Center (2004). Dr. Danaher has spoken at universities and for community organizations throughout the U.S. He conducts workshops on issues ranging from the dynamics of the global economy to how we can replace the power of transnational corporations with local green economy networks. A longtime critic of the so-called "free trade" agenda, Dr. Danaher explains how we can create 'grassroots globalization', empowering local communities to create sustainable local economies. Dr. Danaher has published numerous articles and is the author and/or editor of thirteen books, including his two latest: "The Green Festival Reader: Fresh ideas from Agents of Change" (2008); "Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots" (2007).

May 2nd-Gage Dayton & Chris Lay:Natural Reserve System & Natural History

Gage Dayton is the administrative director of the Natural Reserve System (NRS). He has a B.S. in wildlife management from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Texas A&M University. Gage works with undergraduate and graduate students both in the classroom and in the field through the UC Natural Reserve System. Picture Chris Lay is the Senior Museum Scientist for the Museum of Natural History Collections, as well as a course instructor for the Environmental Studies department, California Natural History Field Quarter. Chris has a Masters of Science degree from San Jose State University where he completed his thesis on the distribution of the American badger (Taxidea taxus) in the San Francisco Bay area.

May 9th- Micah Posner: Transportation

Micah Posner has been a bicycle advocate in Santa Cruz for 20 years. He is currently the director of People Power- a grassroots group dedicated to sensible transportation in Santa Cruz with 500 members. He also serves on the Board of the Hub for Sustainable Transportation (housing the Bike Shack) and the Board of Friends of the Rail Trail. He has also served as the Bike to Work Day Coordinator and is a co-founder PedX- a local bike messenger company. Micah has ridden across the United States and through Israel and Egypt. His most recent tour was through Japan with his wife and 3 year old daughter. He has lived happily without a car for the last 23 years.

May 16th- Dr. Flora Lu & Friends of CAN: Fair Trade and Global Justice

Dr. Lu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at UCSC. She received her B.A. in Human Biology with honors from Stanford University in 1993 and Ph.D. in Ecology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1999. Specializing in Ecological Anthropology, she studies the interrelationships between human societies and the natural environment with a geographic emphasis in the Neotropics. Since 1992, Flora has been conducting research with the Huaorani Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon, a predominantly subsistence-based population of hunter-gatherer-horticulturalists. This work has been featured on two programs on the National Geographic Channel—“Inside Basecamp” in the Fall of 2002 and “Next Wave II” in Spring 2003. Using interdisciplinary approaches, she examines changes in resource use, household economic patterns, and social organization among indigenous rainforest communities in a context of rapid cultural, demographic, economic and ecological change. A National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, UNC Royster Society Fellow, and Lang Post-doctoral Fellow at Stanford University, Flora has published in journals such as Conservation Biology, Human Ecology, Journal of Ecological Anthropology and the Current Anthropology. She was awarded the UCSC Division of Social Sciences Teaching Award (the "Golden Apple Award") in Fall 2010.

May 23 -Sage Lavine & Andy Couturier: Self-Sustainability & Simple Living

Sage Lavine, MA, CLC is a gifted Speaker, Business Coach and Life Purpose Mentor. Sage is the CEO of Purpose2Prosperity and host of the Women on Purpose telesummit series. Sage speaks to groups all over the country and has helped inspire over a thousand people to clarify their Life Purpose and live it through creating a business they love. Sage helps women entrepreneurs define their divine right market and teaches them to use their authentic self as a magnet to attract clients who areperfect for them. Sage has presented alongside women like Janet Attwood, Reverend Deborah Johnson, Dr. Sue Morter and Loral Langemeier. Last year Sage hosted a telesummit called the Women on Purpose Entrepreneurial Telesummit which launched her business into the 6-figure world and helped her reach over 3000 women entrepreneurs in 17 different countries. Sage filled her practice and is having more fun in her business than ever before, speaking around the world and hosting retreats in Bali and California. You can find out more about Sage’s work at www.purpose2prosperity.com

Andy Couturier, MA, is the author of A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance (Stonebridge Press, 2010) and Writing Open the Mind: Tapping the Subconscious to Free The Writing and the Writer (Ulysses Press, 2005). He is an essayist, a poet and a professionally-trained writing teacher. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including Adbusters, Creative Non-Fiction, The Japan Times, The North American Review, The Oakland Tribune, Kyoto Journal, Fiber Arts, The Writer, and others. One of his essays received an editor's nomination for a Pushcart Prize and another appeared in an anthology of ecological writings put out by MIT Press. He has taught writing at California State University, Hayward, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and JFK University Link

Scott Summit “The Body-Integrated Design Process”

A free public lecture by product designer Scott Summit, part of the Creativity+Innovation series.

The presentation will explore the changing tools used by designers, and how this impacts the resulting products, thought process and market. As we think of product creation as less of a one-way process and more of a participatory process, we need to reconsider the assumptions that we've been conditioned to accept from the mass-production age. Examples will be given that show how Bespoke uses 3D Scanning and 3D printing to solve challenges faced by amputees and others with unique medical needs.

Scott Summit founded Summit ID in 1997. Since then it has built a reputation for transforming innovative ideas into unique, often attention-grabbing products. The work range includes sporting equipment, medical devices, audio products, and a wide array of new technology and consumer products. Bespoke, which creates innovative prosthetic devices, resulted from a collaboration between Summit and an orthopedic surgeon. Summit holds 20 patents and numerous international design awards, and has taught design at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, and Singulaerity University. Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 6:00pm Media Theater, Theater Arts Center (UCSC) More

TEDx San Francisco
6/4 The San Francisco TEDx community seeks to extend the TED experience at a regional level, highlighting exceptional people and creative works, connecting people across disciplines, creating conversations and driving action.

Live streaming (free). On Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/TEDxSanFrancisco On Twitter: TEDxSF

Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Location Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Videos from previous events.]

Summer Field Course: The Social and Ecological Dimensions of California

Join us this summer for an exploration of California food systems. Expand your knowledge of sustainability and get your hands dirty on working farms and ranches, June 22-July 15, 2011

Join our summer field course! The Social and Ecological Dimensions of California Agrifood Systems will be taught this summer at the coastal Swanton Pacific Ranch just north of Santa Cruz, CA. An interdisciplinary, hands-on field experience, this course will be team taught and is for students who want to deepen their understanding of agriculture and food systems.

Register today! at NRI

Offered jointly through New Roots Institute and CalPoly State University. Course space limited to 20 students ~ register now! The class will meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with one weekend overnight field trip July 9th and 10th. Optional on-farm housing: $500/student.

Registration options:

  • UCSC students can transfer for 5 units of ENVS internship credit.
  • All other students can apply for transfer credit from CalPoly or internship credit at their home institutions.
2011 Silicon Valley Energy Summit

The Silicon Valley Energy Summit is a signature event of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Stanford University Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, attracting a broad range of executives and representatives from influential Silicon Valley companies and organizations. Practical and inspirational, this "action conference" serves as a manual for sustainable business by combining current best practices with a guide to upcoming technologies and government regulations. Limited number of university student discount tickets. link Friday, June 24, 2011 from 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM (PT) Stanford, CA

Sramana Mitra: 1M/1M

Thu, August 11, 2011 Sramana Mitra

Founder, 1M/1M; Author, Vision India 2020

Mitra looks at the current challenges facing India and the untapped opportunities in technology, technology-enabled services, rural and slum development, energy, infrastructure, health care, film and education. She believes start-up companies in India could develop into billion-dollar enterprises in the next 10 years. She will also speak about her global initiative, One Million by One Million, which aims to help a million entrepreneurs reach a million dollars in annual revenue by 2020.

Location: SV Bank, 3005 Tasman Dr., Santa Clara Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. book signing Cost: $20 standard, $12 members. Link



Jonathan Safran Foer, Author, Everything Is Illuminated and Eating Animals

Foer looks at our dining habits, insatiable appetites and the cultural meaning of food. He explores the ethical, environmental and health risks behind commercial fishing and factory farming and discusses his journey from carnivore to vegetarian. Hear from the man that actress Natalie Portman claims changed her from a "20-year vegetarian to a vegan activist."

Location: Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing Cost: $12 members; $18 non-members Sponsored by the Commonwealth Club

Sarah Rabkin reading
5/24 UCSC's Sarah Rabkin will be reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Tuesday May 24th at 7:30 p.m. (The time that originally appeared on Bookshop's website was incorrect.

Although this is billed as a "community book group" event and will include some discussion, you do not need to have read What I Learned at Bug Camp before attending! She will be reading selections from the book, and everybody's welcome.

Darrell Brown:“Managing in an Ever-Changing Economy”

A free public lecture by Darrell Brown, Senior Vice President, US Bank, part of the Creativity+Innovation series. Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 6:00pm Media Theater, Theater Arts Center (UCSC)

Santa Cruz Film Festival


i have listed the green ones on Environmental Films page, but might have missed a few.

Anna Lappe Author, Diet for a Hot Planet


May 18 2011 - 7:00pm

recorded Audio

Anna Lappe, Founding Principal, Small Planet Institute; Author, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It

Steve Wright, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Silicon Valley Leadership Group - Moderator

With as much as one-third of total greenhouse emissions related to food production, the cost of our eating habits on the environment has never been more apparent. Lappe highlights the hidden cost of America’s culinary culture and outlines seven principles for a climate-friendly diet.

Location: Carriage House Theater, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga Time: 6:30 pm check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID) Also know: In association with Montalvo Arts Center. Photo: Bart Nagel. Location Montalvo - Carriage House. Link

Live Interview with Social Entrepreneur

Ryan Eliason says "...I learned that Tyler 23 year old and a couple of his college buddies had written a business plan for a company that would change the world for the better, provide right livelihood for indigenous farmers and US families, protect the rainforest, and generate a profit for investors... Over the next year I watched Tyler grow his company from an “idea” into a rapidly growing business both in Ecuador and the US. They’re now selling through over 120 retail accounts including Whole Foods, have a 30 person staff, and a high level Board of Advisors. They've raised over $1.2 million in convertible debt investments, $350,000 in grants, and recently were approved to receive a $500,000 investment from the Ecuadorian National Government.

In their first year of operations they reforested over 200 acres of Ecuadorian rainforest and helped provide right-livelihood to over 600 farmers.I’m excited to announce that Tyler will be joining me this Thursday to share his story with all of you. I’ll be interviewing him at 11:00 am Pacific time, Thursday, May 19th.

There will be a recording of this interview emailed to those who register, so be sure to register here even if you can’t make the live event. However, please join us live if possible. We’ll be making plenty of time for your questions, and Tyler has a wealth of real-world, current-time, super-relevant experience when it comes to growing a socially conscious startup company which truly values and honors a triple bottom line…people, planet, and profit.

Tyler and I are doing this teleclass to serve the social entrepreneurship community. Register here

Eco Knievel

May 19 2011 - 6:30pm
/ Saul Griffith, Co-founder, Squid Labs, Instructables.com, Makani Power; Inventor; Author Chris Lindland, Founder, Betabrand.com

Being "green" has a longstanding association with things like organic granola and natural-fiber clothing, but dirt bikes and extreme sports? Our panel of eco-revolutionaries is kicking environmentalism into high gear and showing how we can make the environment more macho. Enviro-innovators Griffith and Lindland will also showcase their latest Eco Knievel project, including the world’s first green stunt. Link

Native Survivance: History, Landscapes, and Sovereignty

Amah Mutsun Speaker Series UC Santa Cruz's American Indian Resource Center, in conjunction with the Amah Mutsun Tribe, and UCSC faculty and students, will be hosting its second annual Amah Mutsun Speakers Series. This year's symposium will focus on Native Survivance: History, Landscapes, and Sovereignty and faculty will be presenting on topics of Indigenous Studies. Keynotes include Dr. Deborah Miranda, a member of the Esselen Nation Ohlone and Hawk Rosales, Executive Director of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. The event will take place on May 6 throughout the day, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, in the Bay Tree Conference Rooms. For accommodations and more information, please call the AIRC at 831-459-2881

The Future of Food

What's Next Lectures: The Future of Food Wednesday, May 11 7:00p at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA

The May 11, 2011 What’s Next Lecture Series will bring some of the Central Coast’s most knowledgeable thought leaders together to discuss the seismic changes in the production, distribution and sale of food. The business of food has transformed from sustenence to include questions of safety, sustainability and lifestyle. Panelists will explore ways that science, innovation and collaboration are having an impact and creating opportunities within the economic and social challenges facing those who grow our food. Panelists include Maureen Wilmot, executive director of the Organic Food Research Foundation, Bonny Doon Vinyard founder and biodynamic farming proponent, Randall Grahm, Scott Roseman, founder and owner of New Leaf Community Markets and Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue who is also president of Royal Rose, one of the largest producers of radicchio in the world. Sandy Skees, CEO of Communications4Good, will moderate the lively discussion and guide a comprehensive conversation with representatives from across the entire food system. The conversation will begin at 7 pm in the Kuumbwa Jazz Center located at 320 Cedar Street. What’s Next Lectures is a collaboration between NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, College 8 at UC Santa Cruz, and the City of Santa Cruz. The Future of Food, Plow to Plate event is sponsored by Santa Cruz County Bank and Project 17. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 for advance purchases, and $3 for students for students of all ages. more information. What's Next Lectures is a collaboration between College 8 at UC Santa Cruz, NextSpace Coworking + Innovation and The City of Santa Cruz.

Homeboy Industries

Pan Dulce Friday: A close Look at Homeboy Industries Film Screening Documentaries on HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES 05/13/2011 Friday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Director Jim McSherry, along with Spanish filmmaker Elsa Gonzalez, tackled a new project in the debut film, Homeboy. It chronicles three former East Los Angeles (LA) gang members whose lives have always been entrenched in that culture-as they share their dignity in the struggle to leave their violent lives behind through the triumph of the human spirit. Location: Cervantes and Velasquez Room Bay Tree Building Third Floor, Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free

Green Chef
5/13 Cooking competition. Fri, May 13, 5pm – 8pm

Village Kitchen (F Quad) Join us for a sustainable cooking competition featuring a fresh, organic, and locally grown "secret ingredient." You can sign up in teams and will be provided with a budget to buy the supplementary ingredients, or you can sign up to be a judge. Winner will get a special prize and bragging rights! Cooking begins at 5 PM; judging & tasting begins at 6 PM. Please RSVP or send questions to greenchefucsc@gmail.com 5 pm cooking 6 pm tasting.


Test Drive a Nissan LEAF

When: Monday May 16th 11 am – 7 pm Where: Base of Campus: Granary Parking Lot Test Drive a Nissan LEAF and You Could Win a Seat in a Pace Car at the Tour of California! Sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE: UCSC Chapter)

Strawberry & Justice Festival

Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems Join us on the CASFS/UCSC Farm on Thursday, May 5 from 4 pm - 7 pm for a Strawberry & Justice Festival. Enjoy organic strawberries and an afternoon of music and tours while learning about the many issues surrounding strawberry production in California.


MONDAY 5. AUDIO RECORDING Mark Kurlansky , Author, Cod, Salt and The World Without Fish

Former commercial fisherman and best-selling author Kurlansky examines the devastating effects of industrialized fishing and shares simple rules that families can use to help support sustainable fishing. In his new children's book, he depicts what's happening to the fish we commonly eat - tuna, salmon, cod and swordfish - and the domino effect it would have if it all disappeared in the next 50 years.

Location: Carriage House Theater, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga Time: 6:15 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (18 & under)Link


L. Hunter Lovins, President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions; Author, Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change

Time magazine Hero of the Planet Lovins makes an economic case for moving aggressively to solve such challenges as global warming, peak oil and the vulnerability of our energy infrastructure. She argues that climate protection, energy efficiency, renewable energy and other sustainable approaches will give us a stronger economy and a higher quality of life. Lovins demonstrates how communities and companies are successfully implementing these and many other strategies to cut their costs and drive innovation.

Location: Carriage House Theater, 15,400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing Cost: $20 standard, $12 members Coming up: 04/21/11 Wendy Kopp - Founder of Teach for America 05/02/11 Mark Kurlansky: World Without Fish 05/18/11 Anna Lappe: Diet for a Hot Planet


Earth Day

UCSC events run 15th-22nd. The keynote is Thursday, April 21st 7PM – 9 PM Oakes College Learning Center

Where on Earth are We Going: Environmental and Cultural Sustenance for our Times

In her writing and public presentations, Osprey Orielle Lake draws upon her life's work dedicated to environmental protection and cultural transformation as well as her collaboration with organizations around the world that are working to create a just and sustainable future. She insightfully weaves together history, ecology, culture, governance, women’s leadership and the arts to map out an integrated approach to working in partnership with nature. Using an elegant balance of artful narrative and considerable research, Osprey describes how a reconnection with nature in contemporary society can transform our human perspective, providing a solution-oriented and hopeful guide to change in this time of environmental and societal peril and promise.Link Here are some off-campus events: Earth Day Santa Cruz County is Saturday, April 16th in San Lorenzo Park, Downtown Santa Cruz,from 11 AM to 4 PM.



Anna Lappe, Founding Principal, Small Plant Institute; Author, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It

With as much as one-third of total greenhouse emissions related to food production, the cost of our eating habits on the environment has never been more apparent. Lappe highlights the hidden cost of America's culinary culture and outlines seven principles for a climate-friendly diet.

Location: Carriage House Theater, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga Time: 6:30 pm check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing Cost: $20 standard, $12 members. Link

Game Changers: Green Chemistry & Social Change Philanthropy

Join us for the Intellectual Forum where UCSC's interdisciplinary environment fosters innovative thinking.

Current Oakes Provost Kimberly Lau will moderate a conversation between alumni Michael Wilson (Stevenson '84), research scientist and pioneer in the emerging field of "green" chemistry and Drummond Pike (Stevenson '70), founder of Tides and Co-Founder of Working Assets.
Saturday, April 30 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register Now FREE EVENT Humanities Lecture Hall

Human Rights and Migration
3/10 Namaste Lounge College 9, 8 pm

Garden Cruz: A Week-Long Spring Break Gardening Intensive

The first ever week-long organic gardening intensive offered by staff of the CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship and invited experts will take place from March 9-16 (spring break week) at the UCSC Farm. The Friends of the Farm & Garden, CASFS staff, and UCSC's Recreation Department have teamed up to offer the "Garden Cruz" course for those who want to learn or improve their organic gardening skills through an intensive week of lectures and hands-on practice. "Garden Cruz" is an ideal program for students and community members involved in campus and community gardens, or looking to enhance their ability to grow food at home.

Read more about the class and sign up starting on Tuesday, January 11 (January 12 for community members) through the UCSC Recreation Department. Cost of the course is $295 for UCSC students, $495 for community members, with student participation supported by Measure 43 funding. Questions? Call 459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.

Southwest Wanderings: Pueblo Service Learning and New Mexico Wilderness Excursion

Steep yourself in the majestic landscape of New Mexico and the Southwest for an adventure into building relationships, assisting others, and exploring wild spaces. This service learning trip from March 18 - March 27 combines work with pueblo farmers and exploration of some of New Mexico's most beautiful wilderness areas. Read more about the trip and sign up starting on Tuesday, January 11 through the UCSC Recreation Department. Cost of the trip is $325 for UCSC students. Measure 43 funding help support this service learning expedition.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series

These take place at the legendary (formerly Xerox) PARC

TIME: The talk will take place from 6:00-7:00pm, with networking (including light refreshments) beginning at 5:30. WHAT: Thoughts on starting a company in 2011 WHO: David Lee, Managing Member, SV Angel

David Lee is a founding partner and Managing Member at SV Angel, an angel investment firm. He focuses on investments within the consumer Internet, mobile, video and other IT industries. Previously, David was at Google, where he led new business development efforts in video, media, and content/data partnerships. David also led all business development-related efforts for StumbleUpon; was a partner at Baseline Ventures; and represented high-tech companies in commercial transactions as an attorney at Morrison and Foerster. David is a graduate of Johns Hopkins; New York University, where he earned his JD; and Stanford, where he earned his MS in Electrical Engineering and was a National Science Foundation Graduate fellow.

May 12 -- Vivek Wadhwa, Harvard Law/ Duke University/ UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar: Entrepreneur-Turned-Academic (entrepreneurial spirit series)

May 26 -- Teresa Amabile, Harvard Business School: The Progress Principle - Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work (entrepreneurial spirit series)

See also Wave 2 - Social Entrepreneur Empowerment - February 8-17

Bioneers presents Social Entrepreneur Empowerment Wave 2, which "includes interviews and seminars with leading conscious business experts who will show you the key entrepreneurial mindset shifts and tangible skills that can skyrocket your positive social impact and your profit. Wave 2 will only be available on the day of the interview so be sure to mark your calendar and clear your schedule so you don't miss your favorite speakers. Listen via Phone or Webcast." Audio playback of Wave I includes Van Jones and Julia Butterfly Hill (see eco-Heroes.

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What’s Next Lecture Series: Mobilizing the Historical Narrative
1/29 Sat

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University. Brinkley’s most recent publications include “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom,” “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” (2009) and the New York Times best-seller “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast” (2006), which was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage, as well as a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. In a recent profile, the Chicago Tribune deemed him “America’s new past master.” Before coming to Rice, Brinkley served as professor of history and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane University. From 1994 to 2005 he was the Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. While a professor at Hofstra University, Brinkley spearheaded the American Odyssey course, in which he took students on cross-country treks on which they visited historic sites and met seminal figures in politics and literature.

Join us on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7pm in the Humanities Lecture Hall (across from Bay Tree Bookstore), University of California Santa Cruz Save 30% when you purchase your ticket in advance at Eventbrite. Tickets can be purchased at: Link

Nirvikar Singh, "Water Management Challenges in India"

with commentary by Ben Crow 03/07/2011 Monday 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM The CGIRS and College Nine Faculty Research Seminar Series is an inter-disciplinary venue in which UCSC faculty can present their research to the community of professors and students who are interested in international, comparative, transnational and area studies work. Our goal is to promote dialogue and awareness of the types of research we conduct on our campus. Please join us for our second year on the first Mondays of the month at Social Sciences 1 room 261 from 3:30-5:00 pm. Location: Social Sciences I - North part of campus Room: 261 Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Sponsored by: Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies and College Nine

Contact information for this event: Name: Elisabeth Nishioka Phone: 459-2833 Email: elnish AT ucsc.edu

Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus Breakout Event
2/23 Weds

Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus Breakout Event Waste Prevention, Energy, and Social & Environmental Justice 02/23/2011 Wednesday 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM Please join the Student Environmental Center for an evening of food, networking, and meaningful conversation. The purpose of these breakout events is to have a centralized discussion about the following topics: Waste Prevention, Energy, and Social & Environmental Justice. Specifically, the discussion will be structured to create shared long-term and short-term goals for the campus in these areas. This Breakout Event is the third in a series of four events leading up to the 10th Annual Campus Earth Summit, to be held April 22, when the results of our discussions will be announced. So please come out, mingle, enjoy an organic vegetarian meal, and have your voice represented in this year's Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus. Location: College Eight Room: 201 (Red Room) Admission: Free Sponsored by: Student Environmental Center Estimated Attendance: 60

Contact information for this event: Name: Tyler Pitts Phone: 709-2624 Email: tpitts AT ucsc.edu Link

Indigenous Peoples' Rights

Cultural Survival feat. John Trudell and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 02/23/2011 Wednesday 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Featuring a spoken word performance by John Trudell & Amah Mutson Tribal Representatives and Chair Val Lopez. John Trudell (Sante Sioux) is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work message. John was a spokesperson for the All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM). John has released numerous recordings blending traditional Native music with poetry, rock and blues. Location: College 9 and 10 multi-purpose room - North part of campus Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Sponsored by: American Indian Resource Center, College Nine & College Ten CoCurricular Programs, College Ten Ohlone House, Merrill College Indigenous Hall

Contact information for this event: Name: Rachel Ogata Phone: 459-1253 Email: rogata@ucsc.edu Location: College 9 and 10 multi-purpose room - North part of campus Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Sponsored by: College Nine, College Ten & others.

Food Justice
2/24 Thurs

As part of the CASFS “Speaking of Food Series,” professor Bob Gottlieb, director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, will discuss the growing food justice movement that seeks to transform our food system from field to table. The talk will take place on Thursday, February 24, from 12-1:30 at the Oakes College Mural Room (room 223). Gottlieb is the author of a dozen books, including most recently Food Justice (with Anupama Joshi, MIT Press) and a long-time social/environmental activist and historian of social movements.

Climate change scientists in the trenches
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour]

This year's tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2010/2011 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

  • February 25 & 26, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave (map)
  • More info: UCSC Recreation
Natural History of UCSC

02/26/2011 Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Let’s grab a copy of the new guide to The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus and hit the trail! In this class, we’ll search the campus for wildlife from Pacific Giant Salamanders and Snowy Tree Crickets to bobcats and Golden Eagles, while we discover signs of human history and past geological events. Between mushrooms, lichen, trees, and everything else there’s almost too much to study. How do we focus our learning as naturalists in a fun but effective manner? How do we even find some of the more elusive creatures? And if you’ve ever tried using a field guide to find that bird you saw, you know field guides can be difficult to use. We’ll learn how to get the most out of our field guides, and a few simple routines that will turn you into a ‘lean mean naturalist machine’! Bring lunch, water, and field journal (notebook). Be prepared for poison oak and ticks, wear a long sleeve shirt and pants. Location: East Field Center - East part of campus Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: $15.00 Estimated Attendance: 12

Contact information for this event: Name: Skye Leone Phone: 459-2800 Email: sleone@ucsc.edu

Whose City? Labor and the Right to the City Movements
2/26 Sat.

02/26/2011 Saturday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Workers, environmentalists, and urban social movements have recently converged under a new banner: “the right to the city.” The phrase refers to the right of city dwellers—now the world’s majority—to democratically control development and resources in the cities in which they live . In today’s global economy, this “right” is profoundly challenged. Social divisions are experienced increasingly in spatial terms—through gentrified housing markets and polarized job markets; unequal access to green space and unequal exposure to environmental risk; new modes of segregation and policing public space. Against this backdrop, the process of urbanization itself has become a site of political contestation, and the fight for the “right to the city” both a critique and call to organize. Bringing together leading scholars, practitioners, and activists from across California and the U.S., “Whose City?” will provide an opportunity to think critically and creatively about these emerging coalitions—from their historic roots to their possible futures, from their major challenges to their major victories, from their local to their global manifestations. Location: Other Campus Location UCSC Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206 Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free Sponsored by: The Center for Labor Studies & Urban Studies Research Cluster. Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.

Contact information for this event: Name: Courtney Mahaney Phone: 459-3527 Email: cmahaney AT ucsc.edu Link

CAN Intercambio

At the end of the month, five internship coordinators will travel from Central America and Mexico to live in Santa Cruz and speak at UCSC for the second annual Intercambio event.

Intercambio comprises four major events organized and supported by the Community Agroecology Network (CAN) on campus, and Friends of the CAN (FoCAN), which is mostly student-based.

“[Community representatives] come in and really share their story,” said Karie Boone, outreach coordinator for CAN and a former UCSC student. “They come and share what their life is like, how they are impacted by interglobal trading and coffee markets, and then they really encourage students to come learn [through internships].”

The 10-day series begins Jan. 27 and includes a luncheon, where interested students can learn about internship opportunites.

Internship coordinators will also speak at two of FoCAN’s weekly meetings, which explore international wealth disparities and possible solutions.

The main purpose of Intercambio is to promote CAN’s international internship program and recruit students to help further CAN’s mission — fair trade in countries where coffee is a main export, and where farmers make a fraction of their overall profit.


City on the Hill

John Robbins: The Food Revolution

Author, The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World

Meet the man who said “no” to ice cream. Heir to the Baskin-Robbins empire, Robbins choose to walk away from the multi-million dollar ice cream business to pursue a healthier and ecologically balanced lifestyle. He outlines why eating is not just a culinary act, but one with profound political, economic and environmental consequences. He offers mind-boggling information on factory farming, genetically modified foods and the economics of food production. (For example, did you know that it takes over 5,000 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of beef?) Join him for his views on why we need to re-evaluate our food choices and how becoming a food activist is essential to living longer and saving our planet.

Location: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 1400 Parkmoor Ave., San Jose Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m.


Everyday Hero Bike Ride

February 6th is the rainiest day of the year, a perfect day for a bike ride. With nothing but a few millimeters of plastic and a desire to truly live the bike lifestyle, join People Power Director Micah Posner on this celebration of all weather cycling for transportation and dub yourself an Everyday Hero. The ride is a slow and easy 8 to 10 miles that showcases safe, lesser known routes to town and around the Westside, as well as demonstrating equipment to keep you and your stuff dry. It includes winter soup and bread at the home of a local forager and a free bike map. Folks can ride back up to the University or jump on a Metro Bus downtown for the return trip. The sneak routes and secret places visited will be different from the Fall People Power ride. Bring a working bike, helmet and rain gear (rain gear can be rented at OPERS). This event is perfect for new cyclists! This ride is sponsored by Transportation and Parking Services. Cost: $5.00 Location: Depart from Recreation Office Porch

Date: Sun, 2/6/11 Times: 10:00 am-2:00 pm.


Cross-disciplinary Perspective on Human Rights in the Americas (day 1 of 2)

Women and Violence on the Borderlands 02/10/2011 Thursday 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Film screening, La Carta: Sagrario nunca has muerto para mí (English sub-titles) directed by Rafael Bonilla. The film documents the life of Paula Bonilla Flores and her struggle for justice on behalf of her daughter and other murdered and disappeared women. Q&A with Paula Bonilla Flores, Director of Fundación María Sagrario and mother of feminicide victim, María Sagrario González from Ciudad Juárez; and Patricia Blancas Ravelo, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social). This event will be bi-lingual (Spanish and English). Location: College 9 and 10 multi-purpose room - North part of campus Invited Audience: Open to Public Admission: Free

Contact information for this event: Name: Marissa Maciel Phone: 459-4136 Email: macielATucsc.edu


TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat

“Changing the Way We Eat” will take place February 12, 2011, in New York City. The one-day event will highlight several aspects of the sustainable food movement and the work being done to shift our food system from industrially-based agriculture to one in which healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all. Speakers with various backgrounds in food and farming will share their insights and expertise. Relevant clips from the TED conference will be shown. And, hopefully, we’ll have a few surprises during the day. A highlight of all TED and TEDx events is the ample time given for attendees to meet each other and look for new synergies and new ideas to help bolster the sustainable food movement.

The TEDx process is a little unique in that the audience is oftentimes hand selected, just as the speakers are. With TEDxManhattan, we will be looking for individuals with different backgrounds in the food and farming movement, including farmers, chefs, researchers, academics, activists, artists/creatives, health professionals, educational professionals, foodies and TEDsters. This is being done in an effort to bring different groups of people working on the same issue together to learn what each other are doing and to help create new partnerships and collaborations. Because the event can accommodate a maximum of 250 people, chances are not everyone who wishes to attend will be able to. In order to allow everyone the opportunity to experience TEDxManhattan, we will webcast the show and hold viewing parties around the country. Please visit our Viewing Parties page for more information. And if you would prefer to watch the event from the privacy of your own home, you will be able to watch the full webcast live while the event is happening. Link speakers

2nd Annual Strengthening the Roots Super Convergence

Date: Friday Feb 13th at 6:00pm to Sunday Feb 15th at 11 am Location: UC Santa Cruz

The Strengthening the Roots: Food, Justice, & Fair Trade Convergence will be held in Santa Cruz, CA from February 13th to the 15th. The convergence is organized by the California Student Sustainability Coalition’s Foods Initiative/West Coast Real Food Challenge, United Students for Fair Trade, & the Community Agroecology Network. This regional gathering of students, allies, and other key members of the Fair Trade & Sustainable Food Movement will build upon past accomplishments and serve as a catalyst for regional integration and leadership development. In addition to strengthening the roots of the movement through content explored, the convergence will broaden the leadership community by actively engaging new high school and middle school youth and deepening the commitment of our college level affiliates.

Students will gain skills to act for greater social, environmental, and economic justice in their local communities & institutions, learn from successful models and case studies, build lasting relationships toward future collaborations, and return home with an enriched skill set to foster problem-solving and change-based solutions. Contact Tim at westcoast AT realfoodchallenge.org Link

Non-Profit, Sustainability, and Government Job Fair]

02/15/2011 Tuesday 11:00 AM to 2:45 PM Students can meet recruiters from non profit organizations, government and sustainability businesses to discuss opportunities for full-time or part-time jobs and internships. As with any job fair, dress to impress and bring multiple copies of your resume. To see a list of companies recruiting at this event, please visit: http://careers.ucsc.edu/events/npf_intro.html Location: College 9 and 10 multi-purpose room - North part of campus Room: Multipurpose Room Invited Audience: Open to UCSC Students only. Admission: Free Sponsored by: UC Santa Cruz Career Center

Contact information for this event: Name: Lindsey Rice Phone: (831) 459-5107 Email: lbrice@ucsc.edu Link

Internship and Summer Job Fair

01/25/2011 Tuesday 11:00 AM to 2:45 PM Looking for an internship or summer job? This fair is a great opportunity for you to "get your foot in the door" with employers who are interested in recruiting college students. As with any job fair, dress to impress and bring multiple copies of your resume. To see a list of companies recruiting at this event, please visit: http://careers.ucsc.edu/events/intern.html Location: Stevenson College - East part of campus Room: Stevenson Event Center Invited Audience: Open to UCSC Students only. Admission: Free Sponsored by: UCSC Career Center

Contact information for this event: Name: Jan Carmichael Phone: 459-2185 Email: jmcarmic AT ucsc.edu Link

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