UCSC offers a breadth of academic programs and curriculums focused on sustainability; many of these programs incorporating student initiation. In 1967, the Alan Chadwick garden was founded and in 1974 the UCSC farm was started. Both had student engagement and apprenticeship programs, which is not directed by the research and educational Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. The Education for a Sustainable Living Program is a student-led course created as a statewide coalition in 2004 offered every spring quarter at UCSC, bringing multidisciplinary speaker series related to Blueprint Topics. In 2006, the Sustainable Engineering and Ecological Design Group was formed as a joint collaboration between the Engineering and Social Sciences faculty to promote sustainability courses and research opportunities on campus, locally, and internationally.
Vision: Providing hands-on and experiential learning, increased student-led education, and utilize community partnership with similar local programs.
Vision: Host Sustainability Week with picnic days (partner with OPERS Festival)
Vision: Involve the Career Center
Education for a Sustainable Living Program: eslp.enviroslug.org
Sustainable Engineering and Ecological Design: seed.soe.ucsc.edu/current-courses
Common Ground Center: kresge.ucsc.edu/commonground/academics
Committee of Education Policy (Course approval forms for student seminars, etc): http://senate.ucsc.edu/committees/cep-committee-on-educational-policy/
Office of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports (OPERS): http://opers.ucsc.edu/
College Eight is collaborating with Environmental Studies, the School of Engineering, the Program in Agroecology and Community and other UCSC programs in developing a Sustainability minor, to be launched in 2014.
Since 2004 ESLP has given over 2000 students credit, incorporated over 100 guest speakers, and created over 50 student led sections. In 2012-2013 alone, the ESLP organizers, students and facilitators bridged over 35 majors.
Campus Sustainability Plan
Develop a Strategic communications plan to publicize campus sustainability opportunities and progress.
Integrate sustainability into campus tours and orientation activities
Engage faculty to identify and implement strategies to support sustainability research and teaching
Utilize the Campus as a living laboratory in order to link the operational and academic aspects of the University.