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Spring 2014
LDA 98 (lower division) CRN 43965
LDA 198 (upper division) CRN 28587

T 4:10-6:00 PM (Lec) EVERSON 176
W 4:10-5:00 (Dis) HUNT 166

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2014 ESLP Syllabus .pdf

ESLP Flyer 2013 Full Page.pdf
ESLP flyer spring 2012 (2).pdf
ESLP 2011 FLYER.pdf
2011 ESLP Syllabus.pdf
2010 ESLP Syllabus.pdf
2009 ESLP Syllabus.doc


2014 Lecture Topics and Speakers:

04/08/2014 Tia Lebherz

04/15/2014 Damien Luzzo

04/22/2014 Planting Justice

04/29/2014 Susan Rainier

5/06/2014 Susan Rainier

05/13/2014 CleanWorld (Field trip)

05/20/2014 Aorta Collective

05/27/2014 Green For All

ART TEAMS 2014: Tentative- more to come

*Food waste Recovery
*Davis Community Farm- George Hubert
*Expanding Compost Collection
*Fossil fuel divestmen

For questions or more information, please contact

What is ESLP?

The Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) is a collaborative interdisciplinary effort to realize a sustainable community throughout the University of California. This course is structured as a 2-unit seminar series, hosting guest lectures by renowned educators, authors, environmentalists, and progressive thinkers. Lectures are open to the public free of charge to encourage collaboration between the campus and local community. The course encourages reflection upon and analysis of the principles of sustainability (EQUITY, ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION), and is designed to encourage dialogue between students, faculty, staff, administration, local community, and the entire UC system.

For 2 additional units, students have the option to form Action Research Teams (ART's) in partnership with guest lecturers, faculty, administration, and community members to implement tangible change. These groups focus on campus specific issues such as sustainable transportation, socially & environmentally preferable purchasing, energy consumption reduction, waste reduction/prevention, and green building. Such experiential learning inspires participants to internalize the concept of sustainability, and carry it in practice beyond academia into a greater society. Students may enroll in this course to receive two units of academic credit for selected departments, or may opt to take the course for four units by participating in the Action Research Teams.

Additionally, this lecture series is open to everyone in the Davis community.

We are putting out a call for ART (Action Research Team) leaders! This is a great opportunity to work with students, staff, and faculty to implement change on the UC Davis campus. If you are interest in leading an ART come to the farmers' market on Saturdays at 12pm in Winter Quarter 2013 and email Emili (

Objectives for Course

I. Explore the meaning of "sustainability."

II. Explore specific ways to apply the concepts of sustainability to daily lives and to our university.

III. Encourage communication and collaboration between all members of the campus community to envision, initiate, and enact tangible change locally, nationally, and globally.

IV. Challenge participants to think beyond the short term interests that currently drive global systems; examine how our present decisions and action affect future generations; apply a cross disciplinary systems level analysis to our community decisions and consider their regional and global effects.

Schedule for 2013

*The speakers and schedule are subject to change due to reasons outside of our control

April 3: Introduction to Sustainability & Sign Up for ARTs
ART Leaders: Maisie Borg (
Aquaponics), Issy Demilian (E-Waste Recycling), Tanzi Jackson Dani Doedens and Ian Lee (Coal Divestment), Melanie Lataste & Derek Downey (Bee Sanctuary: a collaborative space for people and bees), Melanie Lataste (Seeds on Wheels)

April 10: Marcus Eriksen & 5 Gyres Institute
Marine Pollution and Plastic Art Gallery

April 17: Alberta Tar Sands and Tar Sands Blockade
Garth Lenz, Photojournalist

April 24: Aquaponics
Erick Mandu from Kijani Grows [WWW]

May 1: Globalization, Post-Capitalism, and the Koch Brothers
Victor Menotti from The International Forum on Globalization [WWW]

May 8: Sustainable Agriculture Panel
Full Belly Farm, Ryan Galt, Mark Van Horn, Jeff Mailes, TBA

May 10, 11, 12: Whole Earth Festival
ESLP community members and Action Research Teams are encouraged to staff a booth at the
[WWW]Whole Earth Festival (aka 'WEF') and generally, enjoy and learn from the festival.

May 15: Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice
Conversations with the Earth

May 22: Social Justice Activism Panel

May 29: ART Presentations

June 5: DIY, “Learn your Community and Campus Resources Day”
Featuring the Craft Center and Aggie Re-Use Store

Action Research Teams for 2013, Student and Community Lead

Help the Davis Seed Savers Alliance build a portable seed cabinet structure “Seeds on Wheels” with recycled materials for the Domes Seed Library! We are looking for a user-friendly design with a bike hauling system. Then, reorganizing the seeds, figuring out interesting seed categories and creative labels. We will finalize the project with a seed event introducing the Domies and Davis community to the “Seeds on Wheels” Lending Library. The goal is to provide a convenient and free access to seed everywhere in Davis. The Davis Seed Savers will teach one aspect of saving seed each week. No specific skills are required to participate except enthusiasm and creativity!”

Help the Davis Bee Collective transform the Davis Bee Sanctuary garden into an educational and creative space introducing native bees & their habitat, 3 different hive designs & natural beekeeping, medicinal herbs, and permaculture techniques. Map making, native bee habitat building and sign designing are the core features of the project, but students can also experiment natural beekeeping and permaculture gardening depending on their interest. The goal is to invite everyone to experience the joys of observing and learning about bees in a people-bee friendly environment. We will finalize the project with an event presenting the Bee Sanctuary to the Davis Community. For those who are afraid or allergic to bee stings, the designing, map and sign making do not overexpose students to bee encounter.

Help feed the community and make UC Davis more sustainable! The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is actually a nation-wide organization that's goal is to help with diverting overproduced and left over food from university food systems to places that help feed those that are in need (more info [WWW] ). UC Davis has just recently become a chapter of the Food Recovery Network, and we are officially launching the program this Spring quarter through the UCD FRN club. The goal is to have students participating in the system by delivering the food from the campus dining commons to the donation locations, and have fun doing it. Participants will also be able to help with developing the system (finding out ways to improve it), researching new places and creative ways to deliver food and feed more people, figuring out how to keep the system going over the Summer, and are encouraged to come to club meetings. It is preferred that students have a car to make deliveries, but biking will suffice.

Schedule for 2012

*The speakers and schedule are subject to change due to reasons outside of our control

4/4 - Introduction and World Cafe

4/11 - John Harvey and Mitch Sears + ART introductions
Mitch Sears is the City of Davis Sustainability Programs Coordinator

4/18 - Bea Johnson
Minimizing Impact

4/25 - CSSC Move to Amend and End Coal Campaigns + Bruce Reznik

5/2 - Melissa Nelson
Indigenous Perspectives

5/9 - Melanie Madden
Agricultural Land Preservation

5/16 - DIY Week

5/23 - Garth Lenz
The Real Price of Oil

5/30 - Portland City Repair

6/6 - Sustainable Scavenger Hunt for Prizes, End of the quarter evaluations and discussion

Schedule for 2011

3/30 - [WWW]Nikki Henderson
2010 ELLE Gold Award and executive director, People’s Grocery in West Oakland, California

4/06 - World Cafe and ART introductions

4/13 - [WWW]Dr. Geerat Vermij
Intersections of Ecology and Economy
1992 MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Geology, UC Davis

4/20 - Marcela Oliva - The End of Education - as we know it
Professor, Architecture and Environmental Design, L.A. Trade Technical College

4/27 - [WWW]Ciudad de Luces and [WWW]Micah Posner
Ciudad de Luces- Latino bicycle collective from LA
Micah Posner- director, People Power

5/4 - Chris Jones
author of a [WWW]Carbon Footprint Calculator

5/11 - [WWW]Josiah Cain
Principal, Design Ecology

5/18 - [WWW]Greywater Guerillas

educators, designers, builders, and artists

5/25 - [WWW]Kim Stanley Robinson

2008 Time “Hero of the Environment” and science fiction writer (author of best-selling Mars Trilogy)

6/01 - Wrap-up and Action Research Team Presentations

Schedule for 2010

3/31 - Course Overview and Action Research Team Introductions

4/07 - Food Waste and Recovery feat. [WWW]DIVE: A film about living off of America's waste and a panel of community food waste/recovery leaders.

4/14 - [WWW]Katie Maynard

4/21 - Engaging with Disengagement

4/28 - Transportation

5/05 - [WWW]Coalition of Immokalee Workers

5/12 - [WWW]Community Services Unlimited

5/19 - [WWW]Dr. Tina Jeoh - Biofuels

5/26 - TBA

7/03 - Action Research Team Presentations and Wrap-up

Schedule for 2009

4/01 - Course Introduction & ART Introductions

4/08 - [WWW]Erik Knutzen - Urban Homesteading

    Author, activist, and blogger extraordinaire

4/15 - [WWW]Matthew Wolf-Meyer - Medical Anthropology

    Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz

4/22 - [WWW]Frank Loge - Why Your Wastewater May Save Your Life

    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis

4/29 - [WWW]Green For All - Creating a Green Collar Economy

5/6 - Panel Discussion on Energy

5/13 - [WWW]John de Graaf - Taking Back Your Time

    Author, activist, filmmaker

5/20 - Sharon Davison

    Educator, activist, progressive thinker

5/27 - [WWW]Stephen Wheeler -

    Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at UC Davis

6/03 - Action Research Team Presentations

Schedule for 2008

04-01 - Course Introduction

04-08 - Kevin Wolfe - Sustainable Living

    Founder of N Street Co-Housing

Chem194.jpg 04-15 - Margot Higgins - Biomimicry - Nature as a Model, Measure, and Mentor

04-22 - Joan Ogden - Hydrogen and Society

    Associate Professor, Environmental Policy and Planning, UC Davis

04-29 - Jason Mark - Sustainable Food Systems

    Author, activist, and farmer

05-06 - Veg Rev - Vegetable Oil Fuel Systems and Demonstration

05-13 - Ellis Jones - Socially Responsible Consumption

    Professor of Sociology, UC Davis

05-20 - Nikki Henderson - Social Justice as a Pillar of Sustainability

    Master's Student, UCLA

05-27 - Action Research Team Project Presentations

06-03 - Gary Snyder - Deep Ecology

    Poet, Deep Activist

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Action Research Teams (ART's)

The purpose of these “action research teams” is to involve students in a process of experiential learning by collaborating with faculty, staff, administration, and community members to implement tangible change at our university. Action Research Teams are lead by graduate students, students, or even community members, and meet weekly, outside of scheduled class time. Students earn an additional 2-units (total of 4 units w/ lecture and ART) for participation in an ART. Specific areas of focus could include but are not limited to:

  • Food Systems & Agriculture

  • Community Development

  • Green Building

  • Transportation

  • Renewable Energy

  • Natural Resource Management

  • Environmental justice

  • Public policy

  • Religion and spirituality

  • Sustainable Consumerism

The Education for Sustainable Living Program is requesting proposals from graduate students, undergraduates, or community members to lead action oriented research groups related to sustainability in our campus community. If you are interested in coordinating an “action research team” please express interest TODAY! If interested in leading an ART, we ask that a general project proposal (proposal form attached below) be submitted to Stephanie Castle at by Wednesday, March 17th. After submission, proposals will be reviewed and organizers for the course will work with you to develop specific project guidelines by the end of winter quarter. Please contact Stephanie Castle ( for more information!
art 2011.pdf

2013 Action Research Teams

2011 Action Research Teams

*To Be Announced

2010 Action Research Teams

2009 Action Research Teams

2008 Action Research Teams

Topics for Action Research Teams from 2007 and 2006

  • [WWW]Pedal Power - Built a pedal powered work desk to run your laptop while you cycle.

  • Open Sustainable Modern Media Distribution (Video/Audio Casting, aka Podcasting) - Creation & Distribution of lectures via modern media using Free Open Source tools

  • Green Business - Organized a Panel of Professionals on Green Business in Practice

  • Sustainable Food Systems - Surveyed Coffee House patrons about their preferences and knowledge of Organic, Fair Trade food.

  • Sustainable Food Systems II - How far does it take food to get to the table, and how do you measure the global impact.

  • Campus GreenMap

  • [WWW]Starting a Non-profit

  • Sustainable Food Systems

  • Campus Transportation

  • Green Building (LEED)

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