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UCSC clearly has an amazing commitment to the environment! This is a partial list of campus and community organizations. Links marked with * have links to affiliates. If you would like to add an entry, please email See also UCSC people involved in green initiatives)

List of all UCSC student-led organizations. Sustainability office list of student projects


Food Organizations

Marine Biology

Sustainability Organizations


A-Z Index

Arboretum (video)Seeds from UCSC Arboretum may help threatened species in aftermath of recent fire. 10/ in its wildlife.

Banana Slugs for Animals

The Biomolecular Engineering (BME) Department within the Jack Baskin School of Engineering features an interdisciplinary blend of engineering, biology, chemistry, and statistics designed to foster collaboration with other departments. Trent is working on algae biofuels.

CALPIRG is an independent statewide student organization that works on issues like environmental protection, consumer protection, and hunger and homelessness.

The Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR), formerly the GIS/ISC Laboratory, is the central facility for spatially-focused research and training at the University of California, Santa Cruz. CISR is focused on integrating state-of-of-the-art spatial technology and methods (geographic information systems, global positioning systems, remote sensing, spatial modeling/statistics) with pressing interdisciplinary research and fostering cross-domain cooperation in the application of these tools, for example of The Farm

The Center for Creative Ecologies studies the intersection of art, culture, and environment. The aim is to develop useful interdisciplinary research tools to examine how cultural practitioners—filmmakers, new media strategists, photojournalists, architects, writers, activists, and interdisciplinary theorists—critically address and creatively negotiate environmental concerns in the local, regional, and global field. These concerns include anthropogenic climate change and global warming, and relate to factors such as habitat destruction, drought, species extinction, and environmental degradation.

Center for Global, International, & Regional Studies Innovation Sustainability

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society CITRIS video overview. Offers annual $30K design competition.

Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community Sadly, being discontinued due to budget cuts.

Center for Remote Sensing (CRS)

Center for the Study of the Dynamics and Evolution of the Land-Sea Interface

Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems update on partnership with Hartnell.

Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Center for Tropical Research in Ecology, Agriculture, and Development (CenTREAD)

Chadwick Garden begun by Alan Chadwick (se also Slugs in Action) video

Chemical Screening Center robotics, which looks at chemicals in the ocean, for example. video

Climate Change and Impacts Laboratory

Coastal Science Campus 2016

College Eight has numerous green entrepreneur and design initiatives and College Eight Sustainability Office.

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.

Community Agroecology Network (CAN)

Demeter Seed Library You can borrow seeds by attending a bi-monthly seed exchange or by simply contacting us and arranging a day to meet. The physical Library is located at the Oakes offices, room 307. Staff can be found in Oakes 309 and 311.

Digital Arts and New Media is creating Social Cost Tracker, an open-source mobile technology designed to promote just labor and ecological practices by informing consumer choices at the point of purchase. They have also done eco-art and games. Associated with OpenLab.

Earth & Planetary Sciences Department

EcoLogic Design Lab Seeking to innovate, create and educate, the EcoLogic Design Lab was formed to facilitate a transition from ego-centric to eco-centric in the built environment – from detached ecological awareness to expansive connection with the local ecology and environment using evolutionary awareness and design tools to create high performance design.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology *

Electrical Engineering, including Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems

Environmental Studies Department *

Environmental Toxicology Department

UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program (TSR&TP) is a University of California Multicampus Research Unit supporting research on toxic substances in the environment and teaching of graduate students through funding of grants, fellowships, and lead campus programs.

Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP)

Food Systems Working Group*

GIS Lab Geographic Information Systems and Interdisciplinary Sciences Computational Laboratory (GIS/ISC)

Global Information Internship Program is working with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UCDC program. WRI is an environmental think tank based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on objective research and analysis to produce real solutions to environmental and human problems. The UCDC program provides housing and credits for UC students to live for a school quarter in Washington, D.C. and intern with a governmental or non-governmental organization.

Green Technology


Institute of Marine Sciences* Greg Rau, a senior scientist in the Institute of Marine Sciences and his team have found a carbon capture technique that produces hydrogen fuel, offsets ocean acidification 5/13.

Long Marine Lab video tour. AffilatesVolunteer opportunities(video)

Marine Biology major

Museum of Natural History Collections (MNHC) (article). The collections are organized for research and classroom use, but the museum has opened its collections for public view once a year since 2009. Randall Morgan's, a 1970 UCSC grad, plant and insect collections are the centerpiece of the museum and provide an invaluable resource for understanding local biodiversity and a unique opportunity for further research into plant/pollinator dynamics. Museum of Natural History Collections (location/hours) houses collections of plants, fungi, lichens, marine algae, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and skeletons, for use by researchers, teachers, students, and the community.

Ocean Sciences Department courses

Natural History Club

UCSC Natural Reserves the larger system includes live webcams. UCTV series profiles. Yosemite station has internships. Yosemite article. The nearly 15-acre Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP) located within the UC Santa Cruz Campus Natural Reserve has been accepted into the global network of the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) / Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO). Younger Lagoon as outdoor classroom.

The OpenLab Network is a new UCSC research initiative which targets a complex education issue of national significance regarding the ability of art and science researchers to collaborate on research endeavors. The goal of the OpenLab Network is to help change the current status by providing shared research facilities and create a network for collaborative discourse fueled by academic communities, arts and science communities, and industry. Ocean Scales on plankton. See Art

Path to a Greener Stevenson

Predatory Bird Research Group

Program in Community Agroecology (PICA)

Recycling Program

New Robotics major.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, founded in 1903 and joined the University of California in 1912. The Innovative Marine Technology Laboratory (IMT Laboratory) is a research group of the Marine Physical Laboratory. As part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. [ A talk by research oceanographer and photographer Dale Stokes for a global photographic journey featuring ships, submarines, underwater habitats, and both poles. This presentation includes a decade of images documenting exotic locations underwater and topside and a variety of unusual vessels and research instruments.


STEPS Institute for Innovation in Environmental Research was established in 2002 as a campus-wide effort to facilitate interdisciplinary environmental research across the university’s Division of Physical and Biological Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, and Baskin School of Engineering. Provides funding for student research.

Student Environmental Center

Students for Organic Solutions

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

Sustainability, Campus*

UCSC Green Campus Program

White Mountain Research Station near Bishop CA, alpine research. Google Earth project