January 2023
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Cool Campus Challenge is Launched!

The Cool Campus Challenge is back and we invite everyone in the UCSC community to join. See more information on how to get involved and join the fun!

January Sustainability Champion 
Matt Miller


Matt Miller, Senior Program Specialist at Ecology Action (and slug alum), is the Sustainability Champion this month. Read more to learn about Matt and his amazing work in the city of Santa Cruz and beyond!
Sustainability Certificate Program

2022 - 2023 Program Is Ongoing!
The Sustainability Certificate Program is happening and there is still time to participate. Join us!
Classes for the remaining of year:
Jan. 12 - Intersections Between Diversity & Environment
Jan. 18 - Sustainability in the UC - offering #2
Feb. 1 - Green Offices
Feb. 8 - Intersections Between Diversity & Envirnmt. - offering #2
Feb. 22 - Climate Science & Policy - offering #2
March 8 - Sustainable Cities & Social Equity
March 22 - Transportation for All: Sustainability, Land-Use, and Mobility Justice - offering #2 
April 26 - Beyond the Blue Bin: Understanding Zero Waste - offering #2
May 10 - Green Offices - offering #2
May 17 - (NEW) - Community Engagement

For information about other classes and the 2022-2023 program, please visit our website.
Watch, Listen & Read

The Sustainability Office puts together a hand picked list of movies to watch, podcasts to listen to and books to read. Enjoy!
Sustainability Office Student Team Highlight 

Carbon Fund 


The Carbon Fund has allocated grants to a wide range of sustainability projects over the past ten years. Two of the many sectors these outstanding projects pertain to are transportation and energy. In light of our recent ten year anniversary, the Carbon Fund committee is pleased to share some of our campus community success by highlighting transportation and energy projects on YouTube.
Check our first video on energy and lighting, and stay tuned for the release of the transportation video coming up in February!


UCSC Decarbonization & Electrification Town Hall January 26 from 10 - 12 pm, hosted by the Sustainability Office. Don't miss it!

Also, check out the upcoming events page for other campus and community events.


UC Implements an Equity Weighted Social Cost of Carbon

UC Santa Cruz Cal Teach program connects area STEM majors with local public schools

UC Santa Cruz scholar receives major new grant to support inclusive community development throughout California

Bering Land Bridge formed surprisingly late during last ice age, study finds

UCSC Zero Waste Events Guide is launched

Undergraduates in UC Santa Cruz’s Human Rights Investigations Lab fight for migrant rights

Breaking up is hard to do: Separation of Fiji and Vanuatu tied to Samoan seamounts

Sustainability Office will report to Edward Reiskin the next Vice Chancellor for Finance, Operations and Administration

Report provides guide to funding for coral reef restoration projects for risk reduction

UC Santa Cruz earns Agricultural Experiment Station designation

Zero Waste: Diving deeper into data

The City of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications for its Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program

State Approves over $115 million for Coastal Rail Trail, Active Transportation in Santa Cruz County

California is getting drenched. So why can't it save water for the drought?
Go to for all things biking at UCSC including free bike safety events, mechanic checks and helmet giveaways. 

If biking is not an option for you:

Take advantage of the Vanpool Program! There is a new vanpool route from Salinas! Join the vanpool program for a better, and a lot cheaper, commute option that is already subsidized.


January is here and what a better way to begin the year if not with a fun challenge? Join Veganuary. Check out our January Green Tip to learn more.
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