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  • Research project examines perception, use of basic needs services among AANHPI students
  • The Green Initiative Fund awards 14 grants for campus-based sustainability projects
  • 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
  • Professor specializing in industrial sustainability invited to become fellow of Royal Society of Arts
  • Moving toward more plant-based foods can help the UC system advance its goals of carbon emission reduction
  • Offshore aquaculture in Hawaii
    Strategy for sustainable aquaculture supports the world’s fastest growing food sector
  • Ken Hiltner's Climate Crisis 101 lecture on reducing GHG emissions
    Ken Hiltner's Climate Crisis 101 lecture on reducing GHG emissions
    New course about the climate crisis is open to all, courtesy of YouTube lectures, a dedicated website and open-source materials
  • Global analysis shows that fisheries management actually works
  • sunbolt solar table
    New solar-powered work tables bring shade and electricity to UC Santa Barbara’s HSSB courtyard
  • A student riding his bike at UC Santa Barbara
    The campus achieves elite platinum designation as a Bike Friendly University
  • Kim and Jack Johnson with Chancellor Yang and UCSB students at farm
    The Edible Campus Student Farm gets official opening with Kim and Jack Johnson
  • The Central Coast Sustainability Summit aims to spark solutions and partnerships around environmental challenges
  • 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
  • The month-long Cool Campus Challenge is a friendly UC-wide competition to take action in the name of the earth
  • Jack and Kim Johnson lead first workday at student farm
    Jack and Kim Johnson lead first workday at student farm
    Alumni donors and mentors Kim and Jack Johnson lead the inaugural volunteer workday at Edible Campus Student Farm
  • Strategies for growing biomass for fuel can have ecological and environmental benefits
  • Professor Ken Hiltner’s English 22 explores the environment through literature, reveals long history of environmental thought
  • 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
  • Zegar Family Foundation gifts UCSB $1.04 million to address impacts of climate change through science
  • Sunset and Moonrise on the River (Water)
    The ‘Take the Stairs’ campaign mixes art, sustainability and wellness in one project
  • Bren Hall's solar panels
    UCSB’s commitment to earth-friendly facilities and education earns new recognition
  • UCSB hosts 16th California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
  • 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
  • Kim and Jack Johnson at UCSB
    Alumni Kim and Jack Johnson partner with UCSB’s Edible Campus Program on teaching farm to open next fall
  • School of fish
    NCEAS sees global progress with ongoing research collaboration, Science for Nature and People Partnership
  • UCSB students riding bikes past Performing Arts
    UCSB earns gold in the leading sustainability assessment program for colleges and universities
  • Wooden fence leads to Sedgwick Reserve
    A gift from Linda Duttenhaver and Morton La Kretz will further research and teaching at Sedgwick Reserve
  • UCSB Greenhouse & Garden Project sign
    UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Edible Campus Project and Orfalea Family Children’s Center grow sustainability in kids
  • AS Food Bank Produce First event
    With an array of outreach efforts and unique initiatives, UC Santa Barbara leads the way to improve food security for students
  • UC Santa Barbara hosts sixth annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit
  • Jim Maragos coral photo
    With a $10 million gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff, UCSB launches the Benioff Ocean Initiative to study and solve ocean issues
  • UCSB computer scientist Chandra Krintz has moved closer to her goal of enabling smarter, more sustainable farming through technology
  • New UC award program recognizing young leaders in the fight to solve the global food crisis honors UCSB alum Kate Polakiewicz
  • 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
  • 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
  • Salmon
    NCEAS and partners will produce a comprehensive view of the current state of salmon knowledge in Alaska
  • UCSB earns statewide Best Practice Award for efforts in more sustainable transportation
  • Climate change iStock Photo
    New English course examines climate change debate by analyzing popular narratives on all sides of the argument.
  • Two researchers from UCSB’s Bren School examine the dark side of “green” products
  • UCSB Soup Guy Mickael Blancho gives a demo
    Food, Nutrition and Basic Skills Program for students at UCSB is aimed at food security
  • Christopher Costello
    Known as the “Academy Awards for the ocean,” the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards for 2016 name UCSB's Chris Costello among eight honorees
  • Sierra Madre Villages Tour
    The Sierra Madre Villages is the first residential project in the UC system to receive a Platinum certification under "LEED for Homes"
  • Rendering of Elings Hall solar array
    Campus will save big on greenhouse gas emissions, and money, with installation of six new solar arrays
  • David Auston is among faculty members honored for their contributions to UC initiatives
  • LED lighting at UCSB greenhouse
    Every part of campus has benefitted from The Green Initiative Fund, which has been awarding sustainability grants for 10 years.
  • The League of American Bicyclists again recognizes UCSB as a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly University
  • Rear Admiral Len Hering
    The 5th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit at UCSB addresses renewable energy and sustainable water management
  • A 10-week, UC-wide contest launching today aims to motivate staff, faculty and students to reduce their carbon footprint
  • Students rack up 1 million bus rides to or from the campus, a milestone in UCSB’s alternative transportation efforts
  • Matt O'Carroll and Jewel Snavely
    Recycled-water irrigation, new lab technology and outreach efforts will help UCSB achieve major water savings by March 2016
  • Kate Parkinson and Emilie Wood
    UCSB's inaugural group of UC Global Food Initiative Fellows are studying food insecurity among students and food waste on campus
  • 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
  • Jack and Kim Johnson
    With support for the Edible Campus project, alums Jack and Kim Johnson are collaborating with students to address food security
  • UCSB has been ranked No. 3 in Princeton Review’s list of the Top 50 Green Colleges — and No. 1 among public universities
  • UCSB Campus Food Justice Forum
    A wide-ranging public discussion on campus reveals top food concerns for students and community at large
  • UCSB AS Food Bank
    Public forum seeks input and ideas from staff, students, faculty and community members for a sustainable food future
  • UCSB Power Save Contest Award
    Student residence halls join forces to topple the competition in UC-wide energy saving contest
  • Video highlights from Food from the Sea Summit
    Video highlights from Food from the Sea Summit
    Research summit convenes experts in fisheries and aquaculture as part of UC Global Food Initiative
  • Faculty, staff and students gather on the roof of Parking Structure 22 to celebrate the campus’s newest solar array
  • A video about the effort to streamline energy usage on the Microsoft campus
    A video about the effort to streamline energy usage on the Microsoft campus
    Darrell Smith, who spearheaded a large-scale effort to optimize the Microsoft campus's energy use, will be speaking at Corwin Pavilion
  • California Higher Ed Food Summit detail
    More than 150 students, staff, faculty from campuses across California convene at UCSB for first-ever food summit
  • Video highlights from Pacific Chef Net 2015 at UCSB
    Video highlights from Pacific Chef Net 2015 at UCSB
    In the name of good food, and good eats, chefs from 14 institutions convene at UCSB
  • Bren Hall's solar panels
    Ever the eco-trendsetter, UCSB notches up another honor, being named third among “Top 50 Green Schools”
  • UCSB AS Food Bank produce shelves
    Campus will host first-ever California Higher Education Food Summit as part of UC Global Food Initiative
  • 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 campus aerial sketch
    California Coastal Commission grants unanimous approval to campus Long Range Development Plan
  • UCSB grounds crew at work
    Gaucho Grounds landscape crew has garnered national attention for its work to keep campus beautiful and eco-friendly
  • UCSB Farmer's Market tomatoes
    Public talk featuring faculty and staff tops menu of campus events marking Food Day
  • Thousands of students and their families took the next big step in their lives as Move-In Weekend brought new and returning students to the UCSB campus.
  • video of the parking structure 22 photovoltaic project
    video of the parking structure 22 photovoltaic project
    A student-led renewable energy initiative puts a 425-kilowatt photovoltaic project to work on the UC Santa Barbara campus
  • A look at UCSB's role in UC Global Food Initiative
    A look at UCSB's role in UC Global Food Initiative
    Fisheries research, sustainability practices, food security innovations are among UCSB's contributions to systemwide effort to address global food issues
  • local peaches
    A pilot project incorporating locally grown produce into an institutional setting showed that scaling up slowly was key
  • Hundreds of faculty, staff and students from UC Santa Barbara celebrated what has become a daily routine for most: Bike to Work Day.

  • The Energy Leadership Lecture takes place at 5 p.m. on March 6 at UCSB's Pollock Theatre.
  • UCSB Library hydration stations
    More than $184,000 is granted to 14 planned projects meant to bolster sustainability and greening efforts across campus
  • A longstanding commitment to water conservation positions the campus remarkably well to ride out the drought
  • The practice of natural history can provide essential knowledge for fields as varied as human health and food security
  • A strong economy and environmental sustainability are not mutually exclusive, according to Google's Arun Majumdar.
  • A new cluster of faculty chairs has been established at UC Santa Barbara as a joint endeavor by deans Rod Alferness, Steve Gaines and Pierre Wiltzius.

  • UCSB Extension's Green Building Program earns coveted U.S. Green Building Council's education award.
  • A method of assessing the stability of large-scale power grids in real time could bring the world closer to its goal of producing and utilizing a smart grid.

  • Campus recognized as national trendsetter for water conservation; cited for student-driven, UC-first Water Action Plan.
  • Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked the campus number 10 on its seventh annual list of “Coolest Schools.” The list recognizes 162 universities and colleges that are helping to solve climate problems, and are...
  • The Third Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit focuses on building the foundations and sharing best practices for promoting sustainable practices in four areas: economic development, product stewardship and extended producer responsibility,...
  • Building on the success of two previous conferences, the 2013 Central Coast Sustainability Summit at UC Santa Barbara will bring together representatives from local governments, nonprofit and volunteer organizations, business leaders and private...

  • NSF Funds UC Santa Barbara's NCEAS/Bren School Project to Develop Holistic Approaches for Sustainability in a Rapidly Evolving Arctic
  • More efficient lighting, improved ventilation, new windows, furniture, and carpet, and upgraded heating and cooling systems are among the things that will greet UC Santa Barbara students living in Anacapa Hall, as contractors scramble to put the...

  • 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.

  • Imagine your life recreated in data, every car trip, bus ride, grocery store stop, and burrito run –– including when, why, and with whom you went –– represented by blips on a computer.

  • Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked UC Santa Barbara number 10 on its seventh annual list of "Coolest Schools." The list recognizes 162 universities and colleges that are helping to solve climate problems,...

  • How are the world's environmental challenges impacting higher education? And how can colleges and universities help develop –– and advance –– sustainable solutions?

  • It's the premier document of its kind in the University of California system, and now UC Santa Barbara's recently unveiled water conservation plan has notched another first: a Best Practices Award from the 2013 California Higher Education...

  • An interdisciplinary team of UC Santa Barbara undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students has taken a top prize at the 2013 Better Building Case Competition, an annual U.S.

  • To David Cleveland, a professor of environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara, it seemed as though Santa Barbara County would be a great example of what many are advocating as a solution to the problems of a conventional agrifood network –– a...

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