January 3, 2005
Sustainability leader to speak January 27
at Campus Earth Summit
By Louise Donahue
Professor David Orr, the chair of environmental studies at
Oberlin College and a leading figure in the campus sustainability
movement, will be the keynote speaker at UCSCs annual
Earth Summit on January 27.
Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center, the summit will
be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by an organic lunch,
at the College Nine/College Ten Multipurpose Room. Participants
may RSVP online.
The newly established Chancellors Sustainability Council
will be introduced at the summit, which will also include a
brief opening address by Acting Chancellor Martin M. Chemers.
The Chancellors Sustainability Council is designed to
create a campuswide focus on sustainability by providing channels
of dialogue, collaboration, and action among the chancellor,
senior administrators, students, staff, faculty, and members
of the local community.
UCSC's first Earth Summit was held in 2002. The summits have
served as a forum for students, staff, faculty, administration,
and the larger Santa Cruz community to collaborate and discuss
tangible ways to incorporate sustainability into every aspect
of campus life. Such efforts are intended to encourage the university
to reach environmentally responsible benchmarks in specific
Each of these areas is a breakout group within the summit,
and participants will choose their group based on their own
passions. Groups will brainstorm priorities and form ongoing
working groups to create action plans to be implemented on a
continuous basis throughout the year. Their work will be documented
as an update to the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus, the
entire UCSC community's vision that contains information on
history, best practices, goals, indicators, and priorities with
regards to specific sustainability topic areas.
for additional information.
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