UC Santa Barbara

June 26th-29th, 2017

Pre-Conference Workshops

Saturday, June 24th, 2017


California Higher Education Food Summit (CHEFS)

Saturday, 1:00pm- 7:00pm, Sunday, 8:00am- 6:00pm, and Monday, 8:00am- 10:15am
Various Locations
$40 Registration Fee for Staff/Faculty/General
$20 Registration Fee for Students

The 2017 CA Higher Ed Food Summit (CHEFS) is set for June 24-26, 2017 at UC Santa Barbara! CHEFS is hosting its third annual summit where students, staff/faculty, and community members across the state convene to discuss and prioritize issues impacting students on a individual, community, and institutional level. This year’s theme is: “Uniting Our Communities through Empowerment and Action: Advancing Basic Needs Frameworks for Change.” Participants will have the opportunity to engage intersectional issues facing higher education ranging from upstream strategies and analysis to alleviate food insecurity to addressing housing/homelessness and inequalities that affect student success across California. The summit serves as a place to energize and empower individuals, organizations, and collective initiatives that recognize how government, non-profits, and institutional leadership all have a place at the table. Join us for this dynamic event and pre-conference to the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

Sunday, June 25th, 2017


CSU Minor Workshop (Invitation Only)

8:00am- 12:00pm
McCune Conference Room
Free to Invited Attendees

This workshop is by invitation only and is open to California community college and CSU faculty representatives. The goal of the workshop is to consider the curriculum and oversight structures for a potential minor in sustainability.  This minor in sustainability is to be offered utilizing expertise and curriculum from multiple campuses throughout the state.  It is envisioned that community college campuses will also be involved, so a sampling of community college faculty will also participate.  Please contact Elke Schreiner ( ) directly if you have not received an invitation and would like to attend.

CSU Campus as a Living Lab Workshop (Invitation Only)

Sunday, 1:00pm- 5:00pm, and Monday, 1:00pm- 5:00pm
MultiCultural Center Lounge
Free to Invited Attendees

Monday, June 26th, 2017


Sustainability Officers’ Meeting (Invitation Only)

8:00am- 12:00pm
MultiCultural Center Lounge
$68 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 Hall
$65 Registration Fee for Main Conference Attendees
$75 Registration Fee for Workshop Attendees

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

11:00am- 5:00pm
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
Miramar Center, Room 6113
Registration Cost: $40

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 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: 


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