Earth Summit Campaign
2015 Earth Summit!
Our 14th Annual Earth Summit will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 11 am - 4:30 pm in the Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room (MPR)!
The Earth Summit is a space for the campus community to come together and celebrate past and current actions in campus sustainability, reflect on the 2014-2015 Earth Summit Forum events, plan for future sustainability projects, and strengthen overall involvement.
The theme of this year’s event is a fusion of activism and art, with a focus on increasing communication and community problem-solving through the avenue of art and personal expression.
Current Agenda (subject to change):
10:30 AM = Check In Starts
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM = Welcome and Blueprint highlights by students and alumnus Matthew Waxman
12:30 - 1:15 PM = Keynote Speaker Favianna Rodriguez
1:15 = People of Color Caucus
2:00 - 4:00 PM = Workshops
FoCAN: What is Your Coffee Worth? (Alumni Room): The purpose of the workshop is to give background of alternative agrifood systems that have emerged in support of specially coffee. Even though avid coffee drinker can different drink order there is still much to learn in the contrast in the production between organic and conventional.
Solar Charging Station Design / Build Workshop (Sentinel Room): This workshop will be a unique opportunity to plan, design and prototype a campus solar charging station for use on the UCSC campus. The workshop will teach practical skills in solar design, electrical engineering, industrial design, prototyping, and fabrication. Beth Ferguson, founder of Sol Design Lab will teach the workshops with assistance from a variety of technical professionals. Sol Design Lab has designed and built solar charging stations with students at universities such as Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Hampshire College.
Global Food Initiative Visions (Alumni Room): This workshop will serve to help students be more informed of the Global Food Initiative that was started in July 2014, and the possibilities of getting involved. GFI has received over 1 million dollars of funding from the office of the president this year, and funded the Higher Education Food Summit at UC Santa Barbara in January. Through this workshop, we would like students to understand how GFI is working to address food access and food equality on UC campuses, in California, and in United States.
Alternative Transportation: Electric Vehicles and Tesla (Sentinel Room): This workshop introduces participants to Electric Vehicles and the niche which they currently operate within. The discussion will adapt to the interests of the participants but will likely touch on the topics outlined below. Offered by Tesla employee and UCSC Enviroslug Alum.
2-4pm (2-hour long workshop):
Living Building Challenge (Namaste Lounge): The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is an international sustainable building certification program created in 2006 by the non-profit International Living Future Institute. This green building rating system is pushing the boundaries of what constitutes sustainable infrastructure. A Living Building is a demonstration that the built environment can actually help restore the natural environment focusing on seven performance areas: site/place, water, energy, health/happiness, materials, equity, and beauty.
Two guest speakers will lead the discussion: Renata Abma, a Living Building Challenge a Volunteer Ambassador and Facilitator with the International Living Future Institute for the last 2 years, and Katie Bachman, LEED AP+ Project Manager at Environmental Building Strategies (EBS) an alumni from UC Santa Cruz specializing in guiding projects to reduce environmental impact by achieving LEED, Collaborative for High Performance Schools, Living Building Challenge and WELL Building certification. They will present and facilitate the discussion on the basics of Living Building Challenge and green building and how to implement these skills and ideals into our campus.
Workshops are free of charge and open to all. No pre-registration is required, just show up on April 24th at the Multipurpose room and the volunteers at the sign in table can direct you to the appropriate workshop room.
Community members may purchase a parking pass at the kiosk at the base of campus.
Our keynote speaker this year is Favianna Rodriguez!
"Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence . Rodriguez lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country. Favianna’s mission is to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Through her bold and provocative art, she has already touched the hearts and minds of millions. In addition to her fine arts and community work, Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that’s visionary, inspirational, radical and, most importantly, transformational. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities."
What is The Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus?
Created 11 years ago through the SEC, The Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus is an outlet to document the visions of students for the future of sustainable growth at UC Santa Cruz.
The purpose of the Blueprint is to serve as both a resource and a guide for the campus community, and can be utilized as a launching point for student-initiated projects. We hope The Blueprint will encourage students to become an active member in their campus community and to take part in the experiential component of sustainability work.
Earth Summit Forums:
The Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus, a living document, is rewritten yearly via Earth Summit Forums (formerly known as Blueprint Breakouts), events held throughout Winter quarter to facilitate student, staff, faculty, and community member engagement in compiling shared goals for an environmentally sustainable campus.
If you would like more information regarding The Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus, Earth Summit Forums, Earth Summit, or ways in which to get involved, please contact Melanie Fornes at email@example.com