The Student Environmental Center produces a new Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus each year. We began issuing this document in 2001. The purpose of the Blueprint is to codify students' unique visions for how the UC Santa Cruz campus should become more sustainable. The Blueprint sets a direction for student organizing. Students identify visions (and actions) for a more sustainable campus during events called Blueprint Breakouts.
The Green Building Campaign works towards transforming the campus' environment through sustainable building designs and projects. The campaign aims to increase student voice to protect and conserve our campus' landscape as well as to create awareness about new development projects in UCSC.
Students for Organic Solutions (SOS) is a group of students committed to raising awareness on the impacts of our current food system, as well as increasing participation in sustainable food practices. We work to bring about environmental change through on-campus food systems. Whether it's working with the college gardens, collaborating with various sustainability groups, or educating other students on the impacts of their food choices, SOS is making a difference on campus.
The Transportation Campaign is dedicated to increasing awareness of alternative-to-car transportation (bikes, walking, bus, train) and challenging the current transportation system that relies so heavily on vehicle use.
The Waste Prevention Campaign seeks to help everyone understand their relationship with their waste. It has been made so easy to toss anything and everything into waste receptacles that now our trash bins are treated like black holes. In order to help others understand that landfills are a finite space, we seek to educate the student body on where their waste goes and how to properly divert waste from the landfill.
Join the Student Environmental Center, along with Education for Sustainable Living Program and Campus Sustainability Council, for our the 16th Annual Earth Summit on Friday, April 21st at the Colleges 9&10 Multipurpose room from 10am-3:00pm!