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  • Giant mechanical wheel covered in a grey tent sitting in a green river surrounded by foliage
    “Trash wheel” in Panama captures plastic in rivers before it reaches ocean; project advised by Benioff Oceans team
  • UCSB Campus Point at sunset with wordmark in lower left corner
    The campus marks two decades of focused sustainability efforts by highlighting major achievements
  • Study of environmental impacts of beverage sales, consumption offers insights into emerging initiatives
  • Researchers find that over a 15-year period, a small percentage of industrial facilities emit the majority of toxic pollution
  • Scholar’s book explores how utilities and fossil fuel companies fought to weaken clean energy policies
  • UC Santa Barbara scholar’s book explores new territory at the intersection of video games and the environment
  • A student riding his bike at UC Santa Barbara
    The campus achieves elite platinum designation as a Bike Friendly University
  • Acclaimed book of creative nonfiction about sea level rise is selected for UCSB Reads 2020
  • The Central Coast Sustainability Summit aims to spark solutions and partnerships around environmental challenges
  • Scholar’s new book provides a guide for bringing ecological benefits into economic considerations
  • UC Santa Barbara again named among top-performing institutions in 2019 Sustainable Campus Index
  • Music scholar’s essay collection explores the nexus of environmental and cultural sustainability
  • The Green Initiative Fund awards $190,000 in grants for campus-based sustainability projects
  • Simone Pulver, current Faculty Sustainability Champion, aims to grow change-makers with Environmental Leadership Incubator
  • Plastic waste accumulated in the Mekong River
    Benioff Ocean Initiative launches a new effort to stop plastic waste from entering the ocean
  • Gift from Wendy Schmidt launches fellowship program to promote research aimed at solving environmental problems
  • An interdisciplinary public conference on campus examines positive and negative implications of plastics
  • Symposium will kick off a global public history project on migration and environmental justice
  • A new website promises to further connect the environmental science community across campus
  • Jack and Kim Johnson help break ground on UCSB's Edible Campus program student farm
    Jack and Kim Johnson help break ground on UCSB's Edible Campus program student farm
    Alumni, donors Kim and Jack Johnson help UC Santa Barbara break ground on its student farm, culminating years of effort
  • UCSB Day of Caring volunteers at North Campus Open Space
    First public trail to open at North Campus Open Space, providing safer routes to schools and other destinations
  • UC Santa Barbara launches its first bikeshare program
    UC Santa Barbara launches its first bikeshare program
    With 600 bikes expected for fall, campus ramps up its new bikeshare program
  • Gift from author T.A. Barron establishes endowed fund for environmental leadership in the humanities
  • A skateboarder on the UCSB bikepath riding along the cliffs
    UCSB named among top-performing institutions in three key categories in the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index
  • The Green Initiative Fund supports an array of environmental projects aimed at making campus more sustainable
  • UCSB hosts 16th California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
  • Environmental conference brings together academics and leaders
    Conference at UCSB brings together academics, activists to discuss the future of environmental activism
  • Patagonia Worn Wear signage at UCSB Zero Waste Festival
    UCSB goes all-in on systemwide efforts to cut waste through education, communication
  • Bruce Tiffney in Pardall cycad garden
    Cycads — hearty, massive plants that date to the Mesozoic Era — boost teaching and sustainability on campus
  • UCSB breaks ground on the North Campus Open Space restoration project
    UCSB breaks ground on its collaborative wetland and habitat restoration effort at North Campus Open Space
  • UCSB students riding bikes past Performing Arts
    UCSB earns gold in the leading sustainability assessment program for colleges and universities
  • UCSB computer scientist Chandra Krintz has moved closer to her goal of enabling smarter, more sustainable farming through technology
  • Gift from the TomKat Foundation, established by Tom Steyer and Kathryn Taylor, launches Carbon Neutrality Project led by UCSB
  • Jack Johnson planting at UCSB
    UCSB Sustainability’s The Green Initiative Fund supports campus environmental projects
  • 4th Annual UCSB Environment Politics Conference to focus on interdisciplinary approach to solving Earth’s problems
  • UCSB LabRATS take sustainability into science labs
    UCSB LabRATS take sustainability into science labs
    UCSB LabRATS program takes sustainability into science labs, saving water, waste and energy
  • Offering a new and “nearly carbon-free” model, UCSB’s Environmental Humanities Initiative hosts a virtual academic conference
  • Climate change iStock Photo
    New English course examines climate change debate by analyzing popular narratives on all sides of the argument.
  • A 10-week, UC-wide contest launching today aims to motivate staff, faculty and students to reduce their carbon footprint
  • Ken Hiltner, UCSB
    Campus Sustainability Champion Ken Hiltner is putting his award to work with the Environmental Humanities Initiative
  • This video was part of UCSB's award-winning Action Today for Tomorrow campaign
    This video was part of UCSB's award-winning Action Today for Tomorrow campaign
    UCSB wins three Best Practice Awards in the California higher education sustainability competition
  • UCSB has been ranked No. 3 in Princeton Review’s list of the Top 50 Green Colleges — and No. 1 among public universities
  • What do the Aleutian Canadian goose, the Western gray wolf and the American crocodile have in common?

  • Managing the material infrastructure of information technology
  • Bren Hall's solar panels
    Ever the eco-trendsetter, UCSB notches up another honor, being named third among “Top 50 Green Schools”
  • Harvest Santa Barbara at UCSB small growers meeting
    As part of its ongoing partnership in the UC Global Food Initiative, UCSB hosts meeting about growing ties to local farmers
  • Robert Wilkinson lecture
    Sustainability practitioners from across the region convened at UCSB for 4th annual summit
  • UCSB Library hydration stations
    More than $184,000 is granted to 14 planned projects meant to bolster sustainability and greening efforts across campus
  • Unconventional gas and oil has become one of the most passionately debated questions of our time.

  • Campus recognized as national trendsetter for water conservation; cited for student-driven, UC-first Water Action Plan.
  • The relationship between land simplification — the conversion of natural habitat to cropland — and insecticide use is important in determining land use policy. New findings show that the correlation between the two varies from year to year, making...
  • A series of short films produced by students in Blue Horizons, the nine-week summer program for environmental media at UC Santa Barbara's Carsey-Wolf Center, will screen on Friday, August 23, in the campus's Pollock Theater.

  • Studying invasive plants through an NCEAS distributed seminar helped to fill a hole in collective ecology knowledge
  • What do stormwater management, whale migration, and inner peace have in common? They're the subjects of a few of the newest interpretive signs around the UC Santa Barbara campus.

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