UC Santa Cruz hosts 11th annual Earth Summit

Earth Summit poster

On Saturday, March 3, the Student Environmental Center will host the 11th Annual Campus Earth Summit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the College Nine/Ten Multipurpose Room on the UC Santa Cruz campus. The Earth Summit is a space for students, staff, faculty, administrators and community members to come together and celebrate the history and current actions in campus sustainability, reflect on the 2011-12 Blueprint Breakout events, plan for future sustainability projects and strengthen student involvement.

In spring of 2003 and 2006, the students at UC Santa Cruz passed fee Measure 9 and 14, "Campus Sustainability Programs Fee," establishing a $6.00 per student, per quarter, to fund student organizations, research, and projects to help reach goals set by the Campus Sustainability Plan according to the Blueprint for a Sustainable campus.

The purpose of this event is to highlight efforts that will encourage the university to reach environmentally, socially, and economically responsible benchmarks. The event will feature skill workshops, student/staff opportunities and learning models for student involvement on the UCSC campus, as well as provide excellent educational tools for academic integration and those working alongside the student population to serve as an example of environmental activism for those our campus community.

Program, workshops and presentations will include the following members/organizations:

Program in Community & Agroecology (PICA), Campus Sustainability Office, UCSC Purchasing Dept.. Friends of Community Agroecology Network (FoCAN), CAN Coffee, The Bike Library, Green Building representative Alex Sassoon, and others.

Speakers will include Mayor Don Lane and Eric Holt-Giménez of Food First!

Food from organic and local vendors including India Joze, Redwood Pizzeria, Alfresco, Wild Iris, and more will be served throughout the day.

The Annual Campus Earth Summit continues a tradition of inclusivity and education for a sustainable future for at the University of California at Santa Cruz. We welcome your participation and input at our event.

Sponsored by: The Student Environmental Center

Contributors: The Sustainability Office, Programs in Community and Agroecology (PICA) and other student gardens, Friends of Community Agroecology (FoCAN), Food Systems Working Group (FSWG), College 9/10 Co-curricular office, College 8 Programs, Sustainabiliteam, Green Campus, Take Back the Tap, and Occupy Education.