UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Pre-Conference Workshops


Monday, June 26th, 2017


Sustainability Officers’ Meeting (Invitation Only)

8:00am- 12:00pm
The Club, Betty Elings Wells Pavilion
$65 Registration Fee

In this highly interactive workshop, sustainability officers will have the opportunity to connect with their colleagues across the state. Through several different activities, participants will be exposed to the breadth of knowledge and experience collectively housed in the room, dive deep into specific topics of interest, have the opportunity to give and receive advice, and brainstorm strategic solutions to institutional barriers. Participants vote on topics of interest ahead of time.

AASHE Centers for Sustainability Workshop

9:00am- 2:00pm
Mosher Alumni House, Alumni Hall
$65 Registration Fee for Main Conference Attendees
$75 Registration Fee for Workshop Attendees

See more information here.

Climate change and sustainability are critical concerns for the future of human civilizations. Incorporating these concepts and approaches into higher education curricula can be as simple as adding a field trip, module or case study to your course syllabus. This workshop will provide peer-to-peer support for faculty who wish to add sustainability or climate change education to an existing course. We will brainstorm pedagogical approaches, share suggestions and resources. Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Participants are required to bring a syllabus to update.

Register now: (If you are only planning to attend this workshop and not planning to attend the full CHESC (see below), you can streamline your registration process by selecting “Pre/post Conference Workshop Only” on the first page of registration.

University of California Global Food/Carbon Neutrality Initiatives Fellows Symposium (Invitation Only)

10:00am- 5:00pm
Santa Catalina Residence Hall, Linda Vista Ballroom
Free to Invited Attendees

The Symposium will convene undergraduate and graduate Fellows of two major Presidential initiatives at the University of California where student engagement is key.
The UC Global Food Initiative addresses the critical issue of how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025, with 44 Fellows engaged in projects such as urban agriculture, sustainable campus landscapes, and biological pest control.
The UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative is responding to the growing environmental crisis by committing to the goal of emitting net zero greenhouse gases by 2025, with 39 Fellows engaged in projects that include research aimed at scientific advances, policy analysis, and communications.

Striving for Zero Waste at Colleges and Universities Workshop

1:00pm- 5:00pm
Bren Hall, Room 1424
Registration Cost: $40

Organized jointly by the California Collegiate Recycling Council (CCRC) and the Zero Waste College and University Technical Committee (ZWCUTC) of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this workshop will showcase Zero Waste practices from different entities and provide an opportunity for interaction among individuals with different backgrounds, knowledge, and experience in practices and topics relating to Zero Waste. Come join us to hear presentations given by individuals who are highly involved in waste reduction and Zero Waste at colleges and universities and beyond.

Presentation topics include: important and timely updates on UC, CSU, California state and federal Zero Waste efforts; new and existing state laws and how to comply; successful reuse strategies; composting in multi-unit residential buildings; hard to recycle materials; innovative facility and training projects; Zero Waste certification case study at a college campus; and more.

Intersections Between Diversity & Environment: What can YOU do as a sustainability professional?

1:00pm- 5:00pm
Miramar Center, Room 6110
Registration Cost: $42

A core value for many California institutions of higher education is a commitment to environmental sustainability, conservation, and a “green” ethic. It is sometimes assumed that all members of a campus community share the same understanding of sustainability, and that it is an unqualified good. This workshop explores how certain forms of environmentalism, including those in the mainstream, have perpetuated discrimination and exclusion based on race, class, ethnicity, gender, place of origin, and other characteristics. Facilitators will also discuss how low-income, people of color disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental degradation, contamination, and scarcity. Facilitators will share the results of research conducted with undergraduates at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) to highlight how these issues have manifested at UCSC and how they affect student success, sense of belonging, and retention; as well as share the successes and lessons learned from UCSC’s “People of Color Sustainability Collective” initiative. Through facilitated activities and small group discussion, workshop participants will explore the concept of “inclusive sustainability”, as well as how university campuses and the larger community of sustainability professionals can be more environmentally just, from forms of communication and interaction, to curricular and co-curricular programs.

Data Center Energy Efficiency Best Practices Workshop

1:00pm- 5:00pm
Bren Hall, Room 4016
Registration Cost: $23

Whether it’s a closet or a standalone building, data centers are growing in importance and energy consumption.  Projected energy use in new computer centers can be 100 times or more intensive than other commercial/institutional buildings.  In total they account for approximately 2% of the United States’ power consumption.  Their growing demand may eclipse gains in efficiency and renewable energy utilization.  However, significant opportunities are available to improve computational energy efficiency as well as the efficiency of the infrastructure that provides power and cooling to the computer equipment. This workshop will show you how to get started! The center’s website can be found here: 


CHESC Pre-Conference Workshops