EAB seeks to engage students from all walks of life through a variety of campaigns that address various aspects of the environmental movement. All of our campaigns are student-initiated and run. If you have an idea for an environmental campaign, EAB can provide the support and resources to make it a reality!
For more information about any of our campaigns email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Sustainability
We are campaigning to have UCSB create a more robust Office of Sustainability. Currently, the UCSB Sustainability program operates under a temporary budget, and the staff are running the program alongside other duties. Having an official Office of Sustainability with a set budget and dedicated, full time staff would allow the campus to better meet its sustainability goals and properly train our students for the future.
The sustainable lifestyle campaign hopes to educate and empower students to adopt a more earth-friendly lifestyle. Through interactive activities we hope to make less waste living fun, affordable and accessible. Our biggest event of the year will be a plastics reduction fair to inspire people to reduce their use of single-use plastics.
We are currently focusing on campaigns related to on-campus and city-wide waste management policy and local energy policy. We are campaigning for on-campus waste reduction, with future goals of furthering city-wide styrofoam and single-use plastics bans in Goleta. By working with on-campus food services, we hope to address waste reduction by promoting new policies that encourage sustainable alternatives. Eventually, we hope to mobilize attention within local municipal governmental institutions in order to enact styrofoam and single-use plastic bans. Moreover, we are mobilizing support for policies that promote our county’s sustainability goals, which necessitate a transition to a greener and cleaner economy. Currently, we are working to promote clean energy developments in the greater Santa Barbara area, while raising concerns over the expansion of fossil fuel extraction projects.
Zero Waste Thrift Store
EAB’s Zero Waste and Thrift Store Campaign focuses on promoting a less wasteful lifestyle that will help UCSB reach the UC-wide goal of Zero Waste by 2020. Since Winter 2017, we have hosted a quarterly Pop-Up Thrift Store to reduce waste and educate students about the difference they can make by purchasing used items. We have donation bins set up in most of the Residential Halls and at the Pardall Center, so drop off your old clothing in these bins! Check our Facebook page for more details on the Pop-Up Thrift Store, and learn zero waste tips from the campaign director!
Isla Vista Pre-Consumer Waste Composting
We are assisting the county on implementing its new mandate which requires restaurants that produce more than 50 pounds of pre-consumer waste to compost their pre-consumer waste. Pre-consumer waste is any organic waste the consumer never touches, like banana peels and strawberry leaves. Currently, we are gathering information from Isla Vista businesses and planning to conduct a waste audit. So far, 3 businesses have joined the program: HiWi, Sorriso Italiano, and Buddha Bowls.
The Renewable Energy Campaign is focused on implementing LED lighting, green roofs, as well as continuing the Environmental Affairs Board’s journey in solar energy on campus. We are focusing on making student-funded buildings on campus, like the Recreation Center and University Center, more energy efficient. Finally, we plan to work with other campaigns and organizations, such as the “Take the Stairs” Campaign and LABRATS, and encourage students to take courses related to energy use to promote sustainability and awareness within the UCSB community.
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AS Sustainability Policy
In the Spring of 2011, AS Legislative Counsel passed the “Green Bill”, a resolution to promote sustainable practices within Associated Students by bringing environmental consciousness to the spending of student funds. Since then, the resolution has been revised and expanded into a full sustainability policy that provides standards that all groups using student fees must meet and resources to help them achieve compliance.
We worked with local businesses to develop creative answers to climate change in socially, environmentally, and economically positive ways. From providing energy retrofits to Isla Vista stores, to working with campus policy makers to make environmentally-sensitive investing decisions, to searching for a solution to the plastic bag problem, we are always on the lookout for fresh and interesting ideas from students to make local commerce more sustainable and equitable. Some events have included Isla Vista CarrotMob and The Evolution of Man and Bag. EAB was also involved with the development of the Investment Advisory Committee’s Sustainable Investing Analysis and Report, which can be downloaded here.
This campaign’s goal was to educate the student body about the importance of water conservation and to improve water use practices on campus. The educational campaign addresses the amount of water that is used and wasted each day in our area and on our campus, as well as statewide, nationwide, and even globally. Campus project goals include the installment of timed showerheads in the dormitories and water purifiers on the water fountains, the extinction of plastic water bottles on campus, and the replacement or modification of campus irrigation systems. Remember that conserving water is just as important as conserving energy!
We work to raise awareness about the negative environmental, health, social, and animal welfare impacts of meat consumption, and we educate students about the tremendous benefits of cutting out meat from their diets one day a week (or more!). Meatless Monday is part of a national movement to improve the health of people and the planet.