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Founded in 2016, Bruin Home Solutions is a group of student engineers, scientists, designers, and entrepreneurs collaborating to build a better tomorrow. Our mission is to spearhead the movement toward a greener future at UCLA by engaging motivated students in a number of multifaceted sustainability initiatives and to create lasting quantifiable change. What this translates into is our 124 members working to train fellow students in technical skills & professional certifications, auditing UCLA buildings to improve energy & water efficiency, competing in international engineering design competitions, conducting research on hydroponic & aquaponic sustainable technologies, hosting networking nights, and developing new products. At Bruin Home Solutions, we are in the business of driving student ideas to action and making a positive and measurable impact on the UCLA community. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bruinhomesolutions/
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.
Sustainability Action Research (SAR) is a student-initiated, student-designed, and student-facilitated research program offered through the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability (IoES). In the winter and spring quarters of each academic year, students on Sustainability Action Research Teams are partnered with a campus stakeholder to research, rethink, investigate, and tackle UCLA’s greatest sustainability issues.
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.
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.
Clean Consulting’s mission is to empower companies to understand and act on their connections with the natural world. Our services’ objective is to evaluate companies’ current practices and encourage the use of most sustainable strategies. By making them aware of their corporate social responsibility and the growing presence of sustainability in the professional sphere, companies will be able to mitigate risk, improve their brand value, reduce cost by adopting more resource-efficient technologies, lead change and inspire others. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cleanconsultingucla/
The Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA aims to:
(1) Raise awareness about the contributions that people of color have made to the environmental justice movement,
(2) Reframe the definition and values of mainstream sustainability to be more inclusive of all marginalized and underrepresented communities, and
(3) Stimulate critical dialogue about environmental racism and justice issues at UCLA and beyond.
Environmental Student Network is a community of people who care about the environment. We foster environmental stewardship through our mentorship program, professional development events, volunteering opportunities, and socials. Our mentorship program connects underclassmen with upperclassmen to provide peer guidance and helps students get involved in the environmental community at UCLA.
Farmers’ Market at UCLA is a registered student organization that coordinates the biweekly farmers market in Bruin Plaza and designs educational events for all students! We bring many local Southern California farmers to campus, providing market-goers with fresh, sustainable, and delicious produce. We’ll also keep you updated with information about upcoming markets, fun recipes to try out, and local food news, so be sure to like our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uclafarmersmarket/
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.
Solar Decathlon at UCLA is designing, financing, and building a completely sustainable, solar-powered home to compete in the 2019 Solar Decathlon competition. The purpose of the project is to educate the UCLA community about the money-saving opportunities and environmental benefits of renewable energy products and sustainable design solutions. Through these objectives, the team will provide an opportunity for UCLA students to gain practical experience in a variety of fields such as engineering, architecture, environmental sustainability, business, and law to prepare them for the clean energy workforce.
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.
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.
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.
Description: Net Impact is a global nonprofit organization with thousands of professionals, graduates, and undergraduates who take on social challenges, protects the environment, and orient businesses toward the greater good. Our chapter is the leading gold status undergraduate chapter nationwide and we provide social impact consulting services. We work with non-profits, NGOs, social enterprises and for-profit companies to improve their performance and ensure a lasting impact. While working on consulting projects, our members discover sustainability careers, build relationships with local business leaders, and learn about the importance of social impact in business settings. Through workshops, case studies, and guest speakers, our members develop the skills that guide them as they provide consulting services for real companies.
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Renewable Energy Association at UCLA (REA) strives to cultivate an understanding of the importance of various forms of renewable energy and their effects on our environment, economy and society while encouraging our community’s clean energy development through technical projects, local initiatives, and education. Our current focus areas include solar, biofuels, waste processing, and community outreach.
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.
In the last 10 years, Swipe Out Hunger has developed from a grassroots movement at UCLA to a nationwide non-profit with chapters across 50+ universities. At UCLA, we aim to provide innovative solutions to combat food insecurity on and around our campus. The lack of accessibility to basic needs such as food is a major hindrance of student success, so our goal is to alleviate those circumstances and improve the college experience through our initiatives. These include our premier “Swipes Drive” where students can donate their extra dining hall swipes to their peers, as well as our food waste mitigation program “Bruin Dine” where we recover leftover food on campus that otherwise would have been wasted. National website: swipehunger.org
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.
Veg Bruins is an organization for all undergraduate students interested in a vegan, vegetarian, or plant-based lifestyle. Members will learn about environmental, ethical, and societal issues surrounding food by engaging in social events, volunteering, and working with community partners. Sign up for our email list! http://eepurl.com/c49gJv
Medical Aid Initiative (MAI) is a student-found organization, partnered with UCLA Health, that aims to reduce medical waste in the US, enhance healthcare access worldwide, and promote communal awareness of issues regarding medical waste and resource partitioning. As a student volunteer program, MAI collects excess, unused medical supplies from UCLA Health and coordinates their distribution to humanitarian organizations that utilize them to reach underprivileged communities outside of the US. MAI envisions improving healthcare in developing nations through redistribution of localized and unused resources, thereby reducing medical waste in the US. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.