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UNDERGRADUATE GROUPS

DIG: The Campus GARDEN COALITION AT UCLA

The student garden expanded in 2013 and registered as our own student organization (Dig: the Campus Garden Coalition at UCLA) with the Center for Student Programming to fortify the structure of the garden group while taking on new and different roles on campus (though our roots still run deep with our parent organization, E3: Ecology, Economy, Equity). The leadership council positions of Dig are open to both undergraduate and graduate or professional school students while visitors and volunteers of any kind are welcome in the gardens. The organization seeks a diverse membership comprised of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other volunteers/visitors.

  • To learn more about Dig, visit their website.

Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP)

Some undergraduate groups have developed a number of peer-to-peer education programs, including the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP), founded by E3, which brings world renowned authors, activists, and academics to the campus to speak on the interconnected and interdependent nature and challenges of the 21st century. During winter and spring quarters, ESLP students can participate in action research teams.  Each team collaborates with members of the faculty and campus administration to guide and direct research intent on offering and implementing sustainable alternatives to current practices and policies. Other education programs, by both CalPIRG and Environmental Bruins, have focused on taking UCLA students into K-12 classrooms to teach environmental education, as well as taking UCLA students out into nature to learn about and gain appreciation for our local ecosystems.

E3 and the California Student Sustainability Coalition

In 2003, it was a group of students who initiated the Green Building and Clean Energy Policy with the UC Regents, and out of that success, the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) was born. Since that time, the CSSC has been working with UC Office of the President on further expansions of that policy. The CSSC at UCLA, now known as E3 for ecology-economy-equity, requested the creation of the Campus Sustainability Committee in 2004, and has continued to be a driving force for sustainability throughout the university.

PowerSAVE CAMPUS PROGRAM

The PowerSave Campus Program seeks energy savings on university campuses through a student-led energy efficiency campaign to educate students, staff, faculty, and the local community on the importance of energy conservation and to realize energy savings by establishing ongoing environmental projects at UCLA. Such projects seek to reduce energy waste through improvements in energy use behaviors, student purchasing decisions, and operational changes. In doing this, we hope to demonstrate how energy and sustainability are integral to our society.

PowerSave Campus was developed by the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance to Save Energy and is funded by California ratepayers under the auspices of Southern California Edison and the University of California/California State University/Investor-Owned Utility Energy Efficiency (UC/CSU/IOU EE) Partnership and a grant from the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. PowerSave campus currently serves 23 universities and colleges across the country.

  • To learn more about PowerSave Campus and to find out how to get involved, check out our website powersavebruins.org

Associated Students of UCLA and the Undergraduate Student Association

Both the Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC) and the Associated Students of UCLA (ASUCLA) have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability. USAC made sustainability a key area of concentration and has begun to promote sustainability efforts in the residence halls, as well as throughout the undergraduate student government offices. ASUCLA, the largest student-run student union in the country, agreed to develop a policy on sustainability as well as sustainability plan, all because of student efforts.

Rainforest Action Network

RAN campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. Additionally, they aim for students to understand the connections between the multiple social justice issues that involve and lead to environmental degradation. The RAN contingent at UCLA is a group with an international focus that hopes to bring a new sense of activism for social and environmental justice to UCLA.

UCLA Bicycle Coalition

The UCLA Bicycle Coalition unites the diverse bicycling community in order to make UCLA and the broader Los Angeles region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.

Engineers without Borders

Their mission is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmental and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students. EWB-UCLA strives to uphold this vision; furthermore, they hope to encourage local community awareness of environmental/global issues through outreach and education programs.

Climate 411

Climatepedia is an online hub for climate change information designed to make the complex nature of climate science accessible to the general public. The site brings together related news, media, and blog commentary to increase public understanding and awareness of climate science. A key feature of the site is a climate change blog that allows professors and other experts to discuss current research and provide insight into the field.

The project is an initiative run by Climate 411, a UCLA student organization.

Visit Climatepedia at www.climatepedia.org.

Net Impact UNDERGRAD

Net Impact Undergrad at UCLA is a global non-profit organization of students and professionals using business to improve the world. This is an exciting new program involving undergraduates who wish to leverage their influence for the benefit of society, the economy, and the environment.

Sustainable Youth

Members of Sustainable Youth teach grammar school students about environmental issues currently facing Los Angeles and the World. Students are taught once a week during hour long sessions for nine weeks.

UCLA Student Welfare Commission: EARTH

Formerly known as SWC Recycling Committee, EARTH (Environmental Awareness, Recycling, and Terrestrial Health) promotes sustainability in student lifestyles because they believe that student wellness stems from living in a clean environment. They educate students on environmental issues and put on activities and programs that promote reusing materials, reducing consumption, and recycling waste.

Student Advocacy

Undergraduates have also campaigned for such things as sweatshop-free apparel and fair trade coffee in the student union, workers rights, climate change solutions such as solar, and an end to genocide in Darfur. Other undergraduate student groups also involved in the sustainability movement on campus, besides those mentioned above, include, but are not necessarily limited to the Rainforest Action Network, UCLA Bicycle Coalition, and Engineers without Borders.

GRADUATE GROUPS

Graduate student groups promoting sustainability on campus and beyond include the UCLA GSA Sustainable Resource Center (SRC), the UCLA Anderson Net Impact Chapter, the Sustainable Urban Network (SUN), the Environmental Law Society, and the Leaders in Sustainability certificate.

GSA Sustainable Resource Center

The SRC was established by the Graduate Student Association to promote sustainability through facilitating the provision of resources, information, and education to the graduate student body, campus and community. The SRC is a place where students can come to ask questions, access publications from the Center’s lending library, or use a computer to research sustainability topics. A comprehensive website provides an extensive calendar of campus and community events and campaigns, as well as links to student groups, research centers and community resources. The Center also hosts lectures and forums on topics related to sustainability. For more info visit http://www.gsa.asucla.ucla.edu/src

FOOD LAW SOCIETY

The Food Law Society (FLS) at UCLA School of Law seeks to bring awareness to the broad personal and professional implications of food and agriculture laws and policies, support students who are developing careers in this area, and provide an inclusive arena for student engagement of current issues in food law.

For more info visit http://foodlawsociety.webs.com/

Net Impact

Net Impact is a dynamic and rapidly expanding network of MBAs and alumni one of the most progressive and influential in existence today. Members share a passion for exploring the interdependence of business and social responsibility while in business school and throughout their professional careers. The UCLA chapter has been active in hosting numerous events and forums. For more info visit http://anderson.campusgroups.com/netimpact/about/

Sustainable Urban Network

The Sustainable Urban Network (SUN) is a student organization hosted by the Urban Planning Department, and committed to shifting mindsets toward sustainable living in an urban environment. They promote awareness and minimization of the ecological impact caused by humans. For more info visithttp://sunucla.blogspot.com/

Environmental Law Society

UCLA’s Environmental Law Society (ELS) provides opportunities for students to learn about environmental law, and socialize with like-minded individuals interested in working towards a cleaner environment. ELS arranges speaker events on a wide variety of environmenal issues, coordinates UCLA participation in inter-school environmental moot court and negotiations competitions, organizes environmentally-focused outings and works to green the law school. For more info visit: http://uclaels.weebly.com/.

Leaders in Sustainability

The Leaders in sustainability certificate program is aimed at graduate students (masters and doctoral) who will become decision-makers in various types of organizations (businesses, non-profits, governmental, etc) and who will have to address the three dimensions of sustainability. The emphasis is open to all graduate students at UCLA. Currently there are over 150 students participating in the program from departments as diverse as the Anderson School of Management, the School of Law, the School of Public Affairs, the School of Public Health, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Arts & Architecture, Geography, Economics, and others. Leaders in Sustainability allows students to create a program tailored to their needs and background, by choosing among the sustainability related opportunities at UCLA. Students take a core course in sustainability and relevant electives and participate in leadership training. Additionally, students have a positive impact on the community as they learn experientially by collaborating on client projects for local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. Leaders in Sustainability students also give themselves a career edge by developing a broad knowledge of topics that are increasingly relevant to employers.  For more info, visit: http://environment.ucla.edu/lis/