Student Organizations with Environmental Affiliation

 


UCSB has a rich environmental culture. Students engage with over 30 on-campus organizations that are affiliated with environmentalism and sustainability. Below is a comprehensive list of organizations – click on a specific organization for detailed information about it.

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 Associated Students’ Bike Committee* Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 4.47.55 PM


 

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Who We Are

The AS Bike Committee is a unique component of the Associated Students community; it is a place where passionate advocacy for bicycle safety and a clear voice for consideration of bicycles in campus planning have come together.  We fund bike improvements on campus, and participate in social and outreach events throughout the year with our $2.96 per student per quarter lock-in fee.

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Associated Students’ Bike Shop Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 5.41.10 PM


 

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Who We Are

Serving the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of UCSB since 1974, the Associated Students Bike Shop is a student-funded non-profit organization dedicated to education, service, and safety. We have everything needed to get your bike running safely and smoothly. You bring your ID card, your bike, your time, and an inclination to learn. We provide the tools and the advice. Anything else you need, we offer at the lowest possible prices.

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Associated Students’ Coastal Fund* Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 5.43.50 PM


 

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Who We Are

The Coastal Fund is a student initiative to enhance the UCSB campus coastline. The Coastal Fund provides funds to the local community to enhance, protect, and restore the shoreline through preservation, education, open access, research, and restoration.

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Who We Are

The AS/UCSB Community Affairs Board (CAB), UCSB’s Volunteer Action Center, is dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of all UCSB Students by providing information and easy access to community service work. CAB works to bring UCSB and the community together in a meaningful way.

Projects

CAB engaged in a variety of community service activities including Channel Islands Restoration Trips, Adopt-A-Block clean-ups, and others. Our goal is to collaborate with other groups to host events that follow our mission statement.

Resources to Offer

If you need volunteers for an event, CAB is the place to go! We help advertise events in need of volunteers.

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Commission On Student Well-Being (COSWB) 


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Who We Are

The Associated Students Commission on Student Well Being (COSWB) is committed to the general well being of UCSB undergraduates, with a particular emphasis on physical, mental, and nutritional well-being. Its purpose is to increase awareness, educate, advocate, and serve as a reference point for student social services. COSWB creates programs that provide a positive and comfortable environment for everyone on campus in order to stay true to our values of appreciating and preserving student well-being. Some events we host include, but are not limited to our Free Fitness Series, Meditation Sessions, Food Demos, Movie Screenings, Positive Psychology Workshops, and Guest Lectures.

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Associated Students’ Department of Public Worms*


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Who We Are

Associated Students’ Dept. of Public Worms is dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable practices and educating fellow students about hot composting, vermicomposting, and closed-loop food systems. We believe these practices are excellent ways to reduce the pressure of waste on landfill, improve landscapes and gardens, and reduce the use of synthetic and artificial fertilizers. We highly value hands-on experience and aim to get our community involved first-hand through educational demonstrations and outreach events.

Current Projects

DPW is the on-site composting program at UCSB, where we reduce the amount of food waste created by the Dining Commons that gets transported off campus. We are closing the loop of our local food cycle as we draw ever closer to the breaking ground for the soon-to-be campus farm as the main worker-bees for the Edible Campus Program.

Future Projects

In the future we look to improving our composting methods by upgrading the quality or our measuring devices and exploring innovative composting practices to expand the volume and types of food we collect.

Resources to Offer

Departmental Trainings on how composting works at UCSB, Worm Tea! DPW regularly produces worm tea and is looking for more ways to share this “liquid gold” with our fellow students and community, Collaboration for all things waste related on all types of events, **Social media support!** One of our biggest advertising resources is each other! Email us if you need another place to advertise on FB, Insta, or our website.

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Associated Students’ Environmental Affairs Board (EAB)* Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.10.32 AM


 

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Who We Are

The Environmental Affairs Board (EAB) protects, preserves and enhances the natural environment, principally at UCSB and its surrounding communities, but also broadly. EAB focuses on sustainability within ecology, agriculture, energy, climate change, health, the economy, and environmental justice and racism, as such issues have a direct relation to the environment. EAB coordinates with other groups to promote environmental awareness throughout the University and the surrounding communities, as well as the state, national and global level.

Past Projects

  • Isla Vista Earth Day
  • Main contributor to California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC)
  • Drought Campaign
  • Oak Tree Protection in Santa Barbara
  • Established Coastal Fund
  • Established AS Recycling
  • Fossil Free UCSB

Current Projects

  • Student Thrift Shop
  • Renewable Energy Project
  • Students of Color Collective

Resources

  • AS Entity
  • General meetings (Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, GSA Lounge)
  • Funding

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Associated Students’ Food Bank* Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.23.19 AM


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Who We Are

The AS Food Bank is an on-campus pantry service that aims to both alleviate hunger and resolve the systemic issue of food insecurity within our student community. Recently, the Food Bank was approved to expand its current location in order to provide more space to our growing client-base, along with the possibility of housing refrigeration in the future.

Beyond finalizing the upcoming renovation, the committee is dedicated to working on an outreach campaign to ensure students are aware of the resources available to them. Our core team is comprised of individuals knowledgeable about food security. We’re always willing to collaborate with organizations that want to help provide students with resources for leading a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Past Projects

Donation Walks in IV, Alumni Association Holiday Dinners & All Gaucho Reunion, Healthy Cooking Coalition, and Parents Night In Food Demo event at Family Housing.

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Associated Students’ Human Rights Board* 10172594_744027595616340_1892302262_n


 

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Who We Are

The Human Rights Board of Associated Students serves as a forum centered on facilitating and amplifying the interaction of students groups – both within UCSB and our greater community. The Board recognizes their mission of inclusively by creating forum that encourages, advocates, and promotes respectful and honest communication regarding the education and awareness of basic human rights principles.

Current Projects

Currently we are working on Humyn Rights Week, the theme of which is: “My Existence is Resistence: Intersectional Identities Challenging the Paradigm.” We hope to demonstrate, through a collaboration with social justice and cultural organizations, how one’s identity leads to mobilization.

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Associated Students’ Recycling* Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.44.37 AM


 

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Who We Are

Our mission is to reduce waste at UCSB both through direct collection and through education and information sharing. We believe that true environmental progress requires direct, hands-on action and personal responsibility, not just ideals and slogans. We, therefore, are deeply committed to the day-to-day recycling, compost, and electronic waste collection services that have helped make UCSB a state and national leader in waste reduction for nearly 20 years. At the same time, we recognize that teaching students and staff how to recycle, compost, and reduce waste can have a huge impact both on and off campus, and is the only way to achieve lasting change. UC Santa Barbara’s now robust recycling program began with AS Recycling, and has since grown to include ASR, Facilities, Central Stores, Environmental Health and Safety, Housing and Residential Services and other campus departments all working alongside our campus waste hauler Marborg. Recycling is a great way to decrease not only the amount of waste being sent to landfills every day, but also to reduce the need to harvest new materials from environmentally destructive processes like mining and timber collection. AS Recycling also focuses on is setting up and maintaining the recycling infrastructure to make sure everything get to the right place. E-waste is another growing concern that AS Recycling’s Techno staff addresses as more and more electronic devices are replaced and discarded. The UC system took a strong position against e-waste several years ago, and requires that all e-waste from a UC campus is always recycled with the strongest environmental standards and is never sent overseas. We value our campus and community, and are committed to a goal of zero waste by 2020 at UCSB!

Past Projects

ASR has established over 45 free e-waste drop-off locations all over campus as part of the Techno program. Techno allows students, staff, and faculty to easily recycle small items such as batteries, ink cartridges and small appliances without the need for a scheduled and somewhat expensive pickup from Central Stores. This program has increased the amount of e-waste that is recycled at UCSB.

and have limited equipment and a small vehicle, we cannot handle very large or heavy items. If your items cannot be comfortably handled by two people without special tools, please contact Central Stores at at (805) 893-2732 for assistance.

Current Projects

ASR Outreach is currently working to include more sustainability information for freshmen and incoming transfers at orientation. Additionally, Outreach continues to work on providing workshops to students that teach “what goes where” with their waste.

Future Goals

ASR hopes to increase composting on campus with the addition of indoor compost bins. While the campus uses a great deal of compostable service-ware, compost disposal bins are generally restricted to the main food service areas and are not available to those who may take meals or cups of coffee back to their offices. By making more bins available, we can prevent this waste from being sent to the landfill. ASR will continue to work with groups such as the Zero Waste Committee and Facilities to ensure that every location has recycling bins specialized to its needs, including clear signage, visible placement and adequate capacity.

Resources

  • Special Event Services: AS Recycling can help reduce your event’s environmental impact by providing recycling, compost and trash bins to help reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.
  • E-waste Pick-ups: You can drop off your e-waste at any of AS Recycling’s e-waste collection bins. If multiple bins are present, please sort your waste according to the signage. If your item will not fit in the bin, you can either leave it on the floor nearby (do not impede foot traffic) or contact us for a special pickup. Please keep in mind that because we are staffed by student workers
  • Hazardous Waste: If you have a small amount of paint or other universal waste, contact us and we will determine if it is something we can handle as a special pickup. If you have other hazardous waste, such as those from a lab or machine shop, contact your building manager or UCSB Environmental Health and Safety for help.
  • Workshops: To learn more about “what goes where” and what your organization, department, or what you can do to be more sustainable in terms of waste reduction, please contact Sarah Siedschlag for a 40-minute, interactive workshop.
  • Recycling Pick-ups: If you have need a special one-time pickup of recyclable material not normally collected by either AS Recycling or Facilities staff (for example, a big office cleanout) please call us at (805) 893-7765.

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Associated Students’ Zero Waste Committee* 10172594_744027595616340_1892302262_n


 

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Who We Are

The Zero Waste Committee is comprised of a group of students determined dedicated to designing and implementing projects to help UCSB achieve the UC-wide Zero Waste goal by 2020. We collaborate with other environmental groups on campus to increase public awareness through events. We work with various entities on campus to help eliminate sources of waste and encourage zero waste habits.

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Bren School Sustainability Coalition (BSSC)* Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.46.15 AM


 

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Who We Are

The Bren School Sustainability Committee is composed of Masters students from the Bren School committed to improving the school’s environmental performance. The BSSC is made up of a diverse set of people who have an interest in creating a more sustainable community at Bren, UCSB, and our community. Combining the talents of members, BSSC is always involved in interesting activities that promote sustainable action and education. Everyone in the Bren community is welcome to attend meetings and to provide input on what events or changes they would like to see at Bren Hall.

Past Projects

The BSSC has been involved in numerous small green projects including Coal Oil Point restorations, Fairview Gardens farm workdays, and solar panel cleanings.

Current Projects

In Winter 2016, the BSSC submitted a TGIF grant to replace Bren lighting with LEDs to save upwards of $2,000 in energy costs per year.

Future Projects

Styrofoam is a persistent and seemingly unavoidable environmental issue. The BSSC is currently researching the feasibility of implementing a styrofoam diversion program for UCSB and perhaps all of UC.

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California Student Public Interest Research Group* Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.58.47 AM


 

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Who We Are

CALPIRG Students is an independent statewide student organization that works on issues like environmental protection, consumer protection, and hunger and homelessness. For nearly 35 years students with their campus PIRG chapters have been making a real difference in people’s lives and winning concrete changes to build a better world. We give students the skills and opportunity to practice effective citizenship. Both here on campus and out in the world, we mobilize students to investigate big social problems, come up with practical solutions, convince the media and public to pay attention, and get decision-makers to act.

Past Projects

We helped ban bags in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Davis and Santa Barbara. 87 cities or counties have now banned single use plastic grocery bags, reducing our plastic pollution in our ocean. We helped protect California’s landmark global warming pollution law by defeating Prop 23. After making more than 160,000 get-out-the-vote contacts, CALPIRG, coalition partners, and voters defeated the Dirty Energy Proposition. We partnered with AmeriCorps to launch Energy Service Corps, to reduce energy use and take the mystery out of energy efficiency. We give people the tools and knowledge they need to stop energy from seeping out of their homes. We serve their immediate needs while also acting as the catalyst in the community to greater energy efficiency. Since 2010 we have educated over 60,000 kids about easy the can save energy. Our most recent successes include winning Prop 67 to protect our oceans by saving CA’s plastic bag ban, and New Voters Project- we registered 10,000 students to vote across the state, made 150,000 get out the vote contacts.

Current Projects

We are working on a campaign to fight global warming. We are doing this by pressuring CA to ban fracking and having UCSB become the fort Uc to commit to going 100% renewable in its energy use.

Resources to Offer

CALPIRG offers a network of 60,000 members statewide to make a difference on a broad scale. We take campaigns and bring them to the statewide/nationwide level. As a non-profit for students, we give students at UCSB a voice in congress and a outlet for social change. We also offer training on grassroots organizing skills AKA how to lobby, how to petition, how to run an effective meeting, etc. , and people power to help make your events bigger or hit your goals, collaboration, etc.

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Climate Justice Hub*


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Who We Are

It’s our vision to build a group of student activists at the UCSB campus that can work on local campaigns as “student lobbiests”, lobbying around climate change issues, such as climate and environmental justice, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and transforming our reliance on fossil fuels by supporting renewable’s and rearing away from extreme energy extraction such as Fracking. This group will also act as a “Climate Justice Hub”, where we can bring together all social, cultural and environmental justice groups that want to advocate for the fair and just treatment of all peoples building campaigns around climate and environmental justice. We aim to do this through: Grassroots Pressure, Recruitment and Leadership Development, Events, Coalition Building, Media, Petitioning, Rallies, Press Conferences with Local Officials, Getting Local Officials to Endorse Campaigns etc.

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ECOalition UCSB Sustainability Logos_UCSB_Blue&Yellow2


 

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Who We Are

The Ecological Coalition (ECOalition) is a resource and information-sharing network open to all student organizations whose work relates to sustainability or the environment. There are more than 40 student-led groups who are dedicated to furthering sustainability at UCSB. ECOalition assists those groups with coordination and collective action.

Current Projects

The ECOalition is in the process of securing representatives from each of its member groups to form the ECOalition Council. This council meets twice a quarter, providing an unbroken link to all things related to sustainability on UCSB’s campus. Additionally, project or campaign resolutions presented by student organizations at these meetings have the opportunity to be voted upon for the endorsement by the ECOalition. Other projects that the ECOalition is currently involved with are the Edible Campus Program, Associated Students’ Humyn Rights Week, and Santa Barbara’s own CycleMAYnia.

Future Projects

In the future, the ECOalition hopes to streamline its ability to facilitate collaboration by establishing itself as an outstanding resource for student environmental organizations. Primarily a network whose success is built by its member groups’ interaction, the ECOalition will make its resources as available and helpful as possible through publicity and promotion among members.

Resources

The ECOalition offers student organizations resources regarding knowledge of ongoing campaigns and projects, financing and grant opportunities, and more. To discuss possible collaborations with campus organizations, please contact the coordinators via the email listed above.

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Edible Campus Program*


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Who We Are

The Edible Campus Project aims to address local food insecurity by repurposing underutilized spaces for food production, turning waste into food, and engaging students as growers and producers. Co-led by the AS Department of Public Worms, AS Food Bank, and the UCSB Sustainability Program, this project empowers the campus community, especially students, to be responsible stewards and leaders of our food system. We train students in practices that address social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability and help them to reclaim their personal connection to the land and their food.

Past Projects

In conjunction with Kim and Jack Johnson of the Johnson Ohana Foundation, the first project of the Edible Campus Program was launched in Spring 2015. Two orange trees were placed in Storke Plaza, and they are already producing fruit! The first harvest was given to the AS Food Bank for Thanksgiving, and we are continuing to harvest more oranges.

Current Projects

We are working on three different projects of urban farming, that together will produce 25,000 pounds of food a year that will be given to UCSB students through the AS Food Bank or other direct venues.

Campus Farm 

The campus farm will transform a barren and non-productive space into a flourishing student run farm that will produce up to 1,000 pounds of food a month through traditional and non traditional methods of farming.

Vertical Gardens 

We are looking at the option of using vertical gardens to turn concrete spaces into areas of food production. Vertical gardens maximize space, use less water, and demonstrate a new and unique method of urban farming.

Urban Orchard

Citrus trees will be placed across UCSB in spaces as small as a few square feet, utilizing what space we have to produce sustainable and nutritious food.

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Engineers Without Borders (EWB)*


 

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Who We Are

Engineers Without Borders – UCSB is a student run organization that partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life. We do this through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. We are a chapter of the much larger national organization, EWB – USA. As a part of this organization, it is our duty to form relationships with specific communities in need, and develop the necessary solutions to assist these communities. For example, we have two projects, one in Kenya and one in Rwanda. Our Kenya team is helping the local community gain access to clean water, while our Rwanda team is helping a village build a schoolhouse. Our organization is open to all majors!

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FeelGood SB


 

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Who We Are

FeelGood is a youth movement, a social enterprise whose mission is to “end world hunger, one grilled cheese at a time.” FeelGood empowers college students to run non-profit Delis on their campuses, giving away gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches in exchange for a donation. At these FeelGood Delis, students develop hands-on skills necessary to run a business, launch effective educational campaigns, and initiate substantive dialogue about the root causes of and solutions to hunger, and our responsibilities as global citizens. 100% of the profits the students raise are invested in organizations with a proven track record of sustainably eradicating extreme global hunger and empowering self-reliance. Do Good. FeelGood.

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Growth International Volunteer Excursions at UCSB (GIVE)*


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Who We Are

This organization is the student group for the accredited International volunteer agency, Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE). As a volunteer agency, GIVE aims to promote sustainable development projects and teach English in the four communities they work with in Thailand, Laos, Nicaragua and Tanzania. As our student group, we aim to bring back the message of GIVE to UCSB by promoting community activism, global citizenship and environmental stewardship.

Current Projects

Our most important and newest project has been in the works for a whole quarter now and will be a benefit concert THIS THURSDAY in The Hub. The concert is called Rock n’ Roll for a Reason and all ticket proceeds (that are not needed to cover start up costs not currently funded by sponsors) will go towards GIVE’s Students4Students fundraiser which will fund the full-time, year-long salaries of the local teachers employed by GIVE in the communities they work with.

Resources to Offer

The resources that we can provide are a dedicated and excited work force in any volunteer projects regarding sustainability. Also, we can provide networking to professionals around campus and fundraising techniques for clubs and individuals alike.

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)*


 

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Who We Are

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects which “green” our campus and reduce the University’s impact on the environment. TGIF allocates funds to projects that increase the amount of renewable energy used on campus, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the amount of waste created (GHGs) by our University. Portions of the fund will support education initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is administered through a student majority governance board. TGIF was the first green fee in the UC system. It was created by students in the spring of 2006 with a charge to “reduce the University’s impact on the environment.” Students voted with an overwhelming majority to pay $3.47 per quarter, contributing approximately $170,000 a year towards TGIF. The fee was renewed in the spring of 2010 for another four years.

Past Projects

Learn more about the most recently funded TGIF Projects

Resources

The main resource we offer is funding for sustainability projects. Jewel also provides assistance to students, faculty, and staff who are interested in applying for a grant.

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Greenhouse and Garden Project*


 

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Who We Are

The Greenhouse and Garden Project is an enjoyable and educational organization at UCSB that welcomes students, faculty, and staff to maintain their own plot to garden on. Many students live in apartments that do not allow anywhere to plant a garden, which is what makes the GHGP so unique. We currently have over fifty members, each with their own plot(s) and full access to the greenhouse. With workdays and meetings once per quarter, it gives members a chance to interact with other gardeners, help with the upkeep of the whole garden/greenhouse, and discuss current issues.

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Isla Vista Community Relations Commission (IVCRC)


 

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Who We Are

Isla Vista Community Relations Committee is responsible for the education of the campus and student communities regarding issues within Santa Barbara County and Isla Vista that have an effect on students. Such issues may include but are not limited to: safety, police/community relations, landlord/tenant relations, emergency and other vehicle access in Isla Vista, parking, and County and University funding for programs and services in Isla Vista.

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Isla Vista Surfrider Foundation (IV Surfrider)*


 

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Who We Are

Isla Vista Surfrider is a chapter of the international Surfrider Foundation. We are a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. Started by surfers, our group consists of surfers and ocean enthusiasts alike who are dedicated to protecting local coastlines.

Current Projects

  • Main Projects: Ocean Friendly Gardens, Blue Water Task Force, Rise Above Plastics, & Beach Clean-Ups.
  • Side-Projects: Ocean Friendly IV Restaurants, Surfboard & Wetsuit Reclamation, & Surf Contest Fundraiser.

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LabRATS (Laboratory Research and Technical Staff)*

 

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Who We Are

The Laboratory Resources, Advocates, and Teamwork for Sustainability (LabRATS) Program at UCSB assists researchers on campus in reducing their impact on the environment while also improving safety, encouraging good laboratory management practices, and promoting communication and resource sharing. Our program is uniquely prepared to adapt campus recycling, energy management, and sustainability practices to the unusual materials used and processes implemented in laboratories.

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Oxfam America Club at UCSB*


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Who We Are

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. With 70 years of experience in more than 90 countries, Oxfam takes on the big issues that keep people poor: inequality, discrimination, and unequal access to resources including food, water, and land. We help people save lives in disasters, build stronger futures for themselves, and hold the powerful accountable.

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Program for the Assessment and Certification of the Environment and Sustainability (PACES)


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Who We Are

PACES recognizes departmental leadership in campus sustainability and assists departments in identifying new opportunities where they can further reduce their impact on the environment. Departments and the staff, faculty, and students that make up those departments have a unique role in the sustainability movement. Their day to day choices determine whether the campus ecosystem works as it is designed to and whether sustainability policies are implemented correctly. We offer departments an office assessment, action plan writeup, and presentation for department members. Participants receive simple advice on how they can improve energy usage, waste disposal practices, and overall health in the office.

Past Projects

PACES has certified the Davidson Library, the College of Creative Studies, Geography, Music, and numerous other departments. A comprehensive list is available on the organization web page

Current Projects

PACES is in the process of assessing the Office of Student Life, Transportation and Parking Services, and other departments for a total of 15 departments this academic year. We are also developing an online course module for all staff and faculty about sustainability on the UCSB campus.

Future Projects

The future goal of PACES is to improve the habits of students, faculty, and staff on campus through continuing assessment and education on the importance of integrating sustainability into daily life.

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Plastics Solutions*


 

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Who We Are

Plastic Solutions at UC Santa Barbara is a student-led organization committed to educating students about the negative health and environmental impacts of single-use plastics. We are currently promoting the use of UC Santa Barbara Hydration Stations as an alternative to purchasing single-use plastic water bottles that pollute our coastlines. These stations provide filtered water to students free-of-charge at 31 different locations on campus. In addition to advocating the water stations, we have been involved with a campus-wide shift toward using 100% compostable products in campus eateries. In addition to this culture shift, the campus has successfully included language in their policies that promote the reduced use of harmful materials such as styrofoam. While we are very excited about the positive changes we’ve seen, we continue to work toward our goal of banning single-use plastics altogether on our campus.

Past Projects

Day without a Bag (2012): This transition saved 3,000 bags from entering landfills each month. For their work, the UCSB PPC received the best student sustainability program in the state at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference in June 2012. Day without a Bottle (April 1, 2013): During the day, students from UCSB PPC (now Plastic Solutions at UC Santa Barbara) gave out free reusable bottles to students who pledged to refuse single-use bottles. To culminate the day’s events, there was a celebration on campus that included six student group performances and a special guest performer from San Luis Obispo, CA – Mr. Eco. The celebration also included a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses around Santa Barbara.

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Refuse, Recycling & Research Center (R3C) Refuse & Recycling Research Center logo


 

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Who We Are

The Refuse, Recycling & Research Center (R3C) is comprised of student researchers who are under the supervision of UCSB’s Refuse & Recycling Manager. These students conduct research on the various waste management practices and systems at UCSB in order to develop concrete strategies that will aid the University in achieving its goal of zero waste by 2020.

Current Projects

The R3C student interns are currently conducting a behavioral study on the waste sorting habits of both students and faculty members on campus.

Past Projects

During the winter and spring quarter of last year, R3C student researcher, Erin Gall, carried out two projects. First, she helped pilot a project that introduced front-end loader scales to UCSB. These scales have, and continue to collect useful data on the weights of various dumpsters around campus. In addition to this, she conducted a study on the possibilities of having on-campus and in-vessel composting at UCSB.

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Renewable Energy Initiative (REI)


 

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Who We Are

The REI GB was formed in September 2010 as a consultative and decision making student-majority governance board with fiduciary responsibility for the total proceeds from the Renewal Energy Initiative student fee that was passed in spring 2010 and went into effect fall 2010.

Past Projects

Parking Structure 22 Solar Array – 423kW DC Array which will generate around 650,000kWh per year, enough electricity to match the use of the Student Resource Building.

Future Goals

To be decided – though we plan to install more photovoltaics on campus and renew the charter in 2020 assuming we have a mandate from the students.

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Residence Hall Association (RHA)* 


 

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Who We Are

UCSB’s Residence Halls Association is the student government which represents the students living in UCSB’s Residence Halls. The students we represent vary in demographic makeup, abilities, identities, affiliations and other characteristics, yet we all are inhabitants of this world and care deeply about the environment. As we currently comprise around 8,000 students, our energy-, water-, and resource-usage is quite large, which is why we strive to create systems, programs, and collaborations which help to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on this planet.

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SB Student Housing Co-op


 

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Who We Are

The purpose of the Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (SBSHC) is to provide low rent co-op housing regardless of gender, race, social, political, or religious affiliation, and thereby influencing the community to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the community. SBSHC strives to engage in continuous educational programs that further the principles of cooperation through mutual, self-help living at a minimal cost. Members live sustainably through the direct sharing of everyday resources. From simply sharing one vacuum with eighteen people, to growing vegetables, to communal kitchens and bathrooms, living communally reduces energy and water consumption as well as the amount of everyday (often made of plastic) things that individuals use. SBSHC strives to keep rates affordable so sustainable living in accessible to everyone; the Co-op is run by a member-majority Board of Directors that meets approximately twice a month. E-coalition members should contact info@sbcoop.org if they’d like to be on the meeting agenda.

Resources to Offer

We have scholarships available for qualifying low-income undergraduate students. Our houses often offer their space to campus and community groups for events.

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UCSB Sustainability Internship Program


 

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Who We Are

The UCSB Sustainability Internship Program offers a wide array of opportunities for current undergraduate and graduate students to participate in campus and community based programs and initiatives. We serve as a launching point for new internship projects, much like an incubator for start-up companies. These opportunities include paid, academic credit, and volunteer-based internships and volunteer activities. Our home office is based in the Department of Geography.

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The Wildlife Society* 


 

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Who We Are

This organization is the student chapter of a larger national network of wildlife professionals. Our main goal is to work to prepare students for a career in the wildlife profession. Alongside this primary goal we aim to promote environmental stewardship, provide opportunities for jobs, internships and volunteer positions within the wildlife profession and gain a wholesome knowledge of local wildlife.

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