Summer 2022
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UCSC's Carbon Fund Celebrates 10 Years


Dr. Rebecca Hernandez, Elida Erickson and Dr. Flora Lu

This year, UCSC Carbon Fund has completed 10 years of sponsoring sustainability and innovation projects on our campus.  Learn more.

Summer Sustainability Champion - Sarah Woodside Bury

Sarah Woodside Bury, Senior Director of College Student Life, is the Sustainability Champion this month. Read more to learn about Sarah's amazing work.
Sustainability Certificate Program

Congratulations Class of 2022!

The 2022 Graduation cohort was celebrated this past June 16th with Chancellor Larive and a few guest alumni speakers.
We are so proud of all of you for finishing the program!

For information about the 2022-2023 program. please visit our website at the beginning of fall quarter.

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!

Take advantage of warm Summer days to catch-up.
Cool Campus Challenge

Help us beta test the new Cool Campus Challenge! The goal of this friendly online competition is for the university community, students, faculty and staff, to engage in diverse sustainable and socially just actions.

Sign up for the Challenge and let Water & Climate Action Manager Ellen Vaughan know if you find any glitches by emailing Prizes for early adopters!

Sustainability Office Student Team Highlight 

Carbon Fund 

The Carbon Fund has wrapped up another successful year after receiving and considering 24 applications from organizations across campus and throughout the community.

They ended up awarding $116,968 in funding to 13 projects. Download their 2022 report here so see what exciting projects will be rolling out across our campus soon!

The Carbon Fund committee is looking forward to reading your proposal for their next application cycle!
Submit by November 7, 2022 to be considered. 
Check out the upcoming events page for campus and community events, as well as events hosted by the Sustainability Office here.


Allied for exponential impact

Reefense project aims to meld biology and engineering in novel structures for coastal protection

Study shows mangrove and reef restoration yield positive returns on investment for flood protection

UC Santa Cruz joins in forming alliance to increase Hispanic opportunity

Grant funding will support university-community partnership on inclusive economic development in neighboring city of Salinas

100,000-year-old polar bear genome reveals ancient hybridization with brown bears

Graduate student’s research helps environmental organizations better serve coastal communities of color

Seeking Okinawan rights

Free public beach tours of Younger Lagoon Reserve have resumed

Sociology doctoral candidate wins national fellowship for research on travel programs that teach youth about the African diaspora

Marcella Gomez appointed as the Baskin School of Engineering's inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Nicole Rudolph-Vallerga wants to "make museums more inclusive"

The daughter of Oaxacan migrants, Candy Martinez just received her Ph.D. in Latin American and Latino studies


Go to for all things biking at UCSC including free bike safety events, mechanic checks and helmet giveaways. Check out the upcoming bike events.

Sign up for TAPS' new newsletter, Slugs on the Move, to stay up-to-date on all things transportation at UCSC.

The Bike Shuttle is up and running for the Summer! Trips depart Mission and Olive at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Monday-Friday. 

Go Santa Cruz County provides you with rewards just for choosing sustainable travel! UCSC affiliates are eligible for additional rewards this fall.

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.


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Summer Green Tip
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President's Award for Outstanding Student Leadership

The President's Award for Outstanding Student Leadership 2022 is accepting nominations. The deadline has been extended to July 15, 2022.
Please consider nominating a student or campus-based student organization for this award!

Read UC President Drake's letter, and learn more.

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