June 1 | Leadership Team - Doctors Without Borders at Berkeley
June 1 | Leadership Team - Doctors Without Borders at Berkeley
March 20 | Berkeley Environmental Economics & Policy Students
March 21 | Society for Conservation Biology Lecture Series
March 29 | Accountability and Transparency at Berkeley
Nov 19 | Berkeley Water Group Meeting
Nov 5 | Berkeley Water Group Meeting
Oct 22 | Berkeley Water Group Meeting
Oct 24 | Asian American Pacific Medical Students Association General Meeting
Residential Sustainability Program
Sept 2012 Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainablility
by Sandra Deacon, SCA Web Team
“Camping? You’re kidding! Trail building? It looks like labor and I would never wear one of those hard hats.” These were the initial reactions by Danny Nguyen and his friends to an SCA recruiting presentation at their school. Intrigued by the prospect of adventure, Danny eventually joined SCA Oakland and “unexpectedly fell in love with nature and the outdoors.”
The son of Vietnamese immigrants, Danny grew up in Oakland where he says, “All I knew were cars, noise, streetlights, and skyscrapers. Rarely had I ever been exposed to camping, parks, or nature.”
When he describes his first outing with SCA, you can still hear the delight. “We went to Slide Ranch where there was a little beach, rocks, waves, and beautiful sunsets. We were just hanging out sitting in the grass enjoying the fresh air. It was so quiet and peaceful. After so much school work, it was great to get outdoors in such a beautiful place.“
Two other SCA assignments would follow the high school program.
“I spent a summer at Hopewell Furnace NHS in southeastern Pennsylvania, where I lived with seven strangers in the middle of the woods. It didn’t take us long to become a family after we built trails together by day and socialized at night! My experience in Pennsylvania was eye-opening, because the environment was the complete opposite from home; never in my life had I seen stars the way I did out there as the light pollution at home seemed to make it impossible.”
The best thing about all this? “Definitely the lifelong friendships that were forged between people with a similar interest to conserve and protect what they love; wildlife and the outdoors.”
By Carol Ness, NewsCenter
When Berkeley students derailed the imminent arrival of Panda Express on campus last year, their strongest argument against the fast-food chain was the vision of an alternative — a market that would provide local, sustainable, healthful foods.
On Monday, their vision became a reality when the Berkeley Student Food Collective threw open its doors on Bancroft Way, directly across from Eshleman Hall and steps from Sproul Plaza. By afternoon, it was buzzing with customers.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, most grown within 150 miles, filled shelves and a refrigerator case, alongside coolers stocked with Straus milk, Glaum eggs and Columbia Gorge juices, all organic. Bulk bins offered dozens of staples, from flour to rice to chocolate chips, that students — not to mention faculty and staff — can take home for a meal or a batch of cookies.
Wraps, sandwiches, coffee and tea also will be sold, offering a "real food" lunch option close to campus.
By operating as a nonprofit collective, with members donating two hours of free labor a week, the store hopes to keep prices low. Since August, when they signed a lease on a former nail salon, members have been hard at work converting the 600-square-foot space to a food market.
A local artist filled the walls with a brightly colored mural showing farm-to-table scenes, along with giant vegetables. The artwork provides an instant education in the store's principles and the political, environmental and humane aspects of food production. Big leaves dangling from a tree limb that appears to curl around the top of the narrow room blaze with the collective's red-lipped logo and definitions like "sustainable – practices which can be carried out indefinitely without irreversible damage or resource depletion."
"We want this to be a living classroom," says operations manager Alex Stone, who graduated in 2009 and is the store's only paid employee. "We want to make sure people are educated about their food choices, which is where this all started."
By Wendy Edelstein, NewsCenter, UC Berkeley
Reusable objects deserve a second chance. That's the thinking behind a recently launched campus website that aims to decrease waste by helping Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and departments divest of unwanted items and find things they need.
The goal of the Exchange is to motivate people to give stuff away, rather than throw it into the garbage and add to the landfill.
The Exchange is modeled after the Freecycle Network, a global nonprofit compromising more than 4,800 local groups that facilitates materials exchange. Use of the Exchange is limited to members of the campus community and requires a berkeley.edu email address to register.
1. SEEDS Meeting, Ecology & Diversity, Movie & Pizza, Feb. 10
2. Environmental Policy Career Panel: GREENING YOUR CAREER
1. New! Strawberry Creek Restoration Project (SCRP): Student Group & DeCal
2. Global Poverty and Practice Minor: Spring 2010 Declaration Workshops
3. American Cultures Student Research Prize
4. Volunteer Opportunity for the 2010 Eggster "Green" Learning Festival
A message from the Office of Sustainability:
Come to the Feb 2010 Sustainability Forum held on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in 2304 Tolman Hall to learn more about the various environmental student groups and their initiatives on campus! There are 30+ environmental groups offered at UCB with focuses ranging from green energy to sustainable agriculture to green business consulting. Figure out what each group is about and how you can get involved or just get updated on campus sustainability and network others at the forum! Short presentations will be made by each group while the rest of the time will be for mingling. This is also a great place to find internships and summer jobs, so don’t miss out! Open to everyone and snacks will be provided.
RSVP to the Facebook event and invite all your friends! For a full list of the organizations coming, keep visiting the Facebook event. We’d love to see and hear from you! The forum is hosted by the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability and made possible by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF). For more info on the forum, click here.
Fall Integrative Medicine Conference: Improving Individual & Community Well-Being
Come join us in exploration of an exciting field of integrative medicine! Series of lectures from practitioners of different fields, various hands-on workshops, discussion panel, as well as information tables await you!
WHO: Students, Community Members, Practitioners, & Students for Integrative Medicine at UCB
WHAT: Fall Integrative Medicine Conference: Improving Individual & Community Well-Being
WHEN: Saturday, November 14th, 2009; 10AM-5:30PM
(registration/check-in starts at 9:30AM at East entrance of VLSB)
WHERE: Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) 2060, UCB campus
(workshop locations vary)
WHY: To promote student and community awareness of integrative medicine.
HOW TO REGISTER: Go to our website (http://integrativemed.wordpress.com) and follow the link OR email to (firstname.lastname@example.org) with name and contact information.
*The event is free of charge (donation based), and is open to everyone throughout the day. Although not required, registering in advance is recommended since workshops will be filled based on "first come first serve" basis.*
Hosted by: Students for Integrative Medicine
club email: email@example.com
club website: http://integrativemed.wordpress.com