Ecologically diverse and physically spectacular, the UC Santa Cruz campus comprises over 2,000 acres with approximately 1,400 acres consisting of undeveloped natural areas. The campus supports diverse vegetation communities ranging from coastal terrace prairie grasslands and chaparral to mixed evergreen forest to stands where redwoods predominate, all within four distinct watersheds. 55% of the campus is designated in the 2005 Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP) as Campus Natural Reserve, site research area, and other land use designations that restrict development. UCSC has successfully used an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to control weeds, diseases, insects, and rodents on campus for approximately 15 years. With the campus community expanding, climate change, and endangered species posing many challenges to the future of Land, Habitat, and Watershed on our campus, student involvement and restoration projects are crucial.
Vision: Greater transparency between stakeholders of the LRDP and UCSC students
Vision: Educating students and public: Better understanding of Natural History of campus
Vision: Address invasive species
Land, Habitat, and Watershed Working Group: http://sustainability-dev-2.ucsc.edu/governance/committees/working-groups
UCSC Storm Water Management Plan: http://cleanwater.ucsc.edu/about/
Grounds Services: http://ucscplant.ucsc.edu/ucscplant/Grounds/index.jsp?page=home.jsp&layout=print
UCSC Greenhouses: http://greenhouse.ucsc.edu/
Natural History Museum: http://mnhc.ucsc.edu/
Physical Planning and Construction: http://ppc.ucsc.edu/
Campus Assessment: http://sustainability.ucsc.edu/governance/plans-reports/campus-assessment.html
UCSC Campus Natural Reserves: http://ucsantacruz.ucnrs.org/
Long Range Development Plans: http://lrdp.ucsc.edu/
Local Agency Formation Commission: http://www.santacruzlafco.org/
Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems: http://casfs.ucsc.edu/
The Arboretum: http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/
Annually, outreach and education efforts engage more than 500 student interns and volunteers in support of education, research, natural lands management, and restoration efforts - making the campus a model of balance between ecological stability and successful operation of a vibrant university.
The UCSC Site Stewardship Program holds invasive weed removal volunteer workdays to maintain restoration sites on and off of the main UCSC campus. WIth help from the UCSC Greenhouse, this program returns native species to their natural habitat, maintaining the genetic integrity of the campus ecosystem.
Campus Sustainability Plan
By 2020: Increase student, faculty and staff engagement on campus natural lands through research, stewardship, and informal and formal learning.
By 2020: Support public safety and protect sensitive species and habitats on the UCSC campus by engaging effective and proactive stewardship and maintenance practices for campus natural lands.
By 2020: Increase campus and broader community appreciation and understanding of campus natural lands through development of outreach programs focused on stewardship, citizen science research, and environmental education.