= Course Info =

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

2014 ESLP Syllabus .pdf ESLP 2014 ART FLYER.pdf ESLP_ART_2014_teams.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 ESLP_Syllabus_2008.doc


2014 Lecture Topics and Speakers:

04/08/2014 Tia Lebherz

04/15/2014 Damien Luzzo

    SaveWithSunlight & climate change

    non-profit, affordable solar energy


04/22/2014 Planting Justice

    non-profit urban gardens

    food justice, economic justice, sustainable-local food justice


04/29/2014 Susan Rainier

5/06/2014 Susan Rainier

05/13/2014 CleanWorld (Field trip)

    Biodigestor partnering with UCD

    Converting organic waste to renewable energy & soil enhancement products


05/20/2014 Aorta Collective

    Anti-capitalism for collectives and communities workshop

    How to build communities and movement based in shared resources and sustainability for everyone


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 ildemillan@ucdavis.edu

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 (emabdel@ucdavis.edu)

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 http://www.kijanigrows.com/

May 1: Globalization, Post-Capitalism, and the Koch Brothers Victor Menotti from The International Forum on Globalization http://www.ifg.org/

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 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 TBA

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 http://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org ). 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 http://cee.engr.ucdavis.edu/faculty/harvey Mitch Sears is the City of Davis Sustainability Programs Coordinator

4/18 - Bea Johnson Minimizing Impact http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com

4/25 - CSSC Move to Amend and End Coal Campaigns + Bruce Reznik Lobbying http://www.pcl.org/about/breznik.html http://www.sustainabilitycoalition.org/tag/move-to-amend http://www.sustainabilitycoalition.org/_featured/spotlight-on-the-cssc-end-coal-campaign

5/2 - Melissa Nelson Indigenous Perspectives http://www.bioneers.org/presenters/melissa-nelson

5/9 - Melanie Madden Agricultural Land Preservation

5/16 - DIY Week

5/23 - Garth Lenz The Real Price of Oil http://www.ted.com/talks/garth_lenz_images_of_beauty_and_devastation.html

5/30 - Portland City Repair Celebration http://cityrepair.org/

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

Schedule for 2011

3/30 - 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 - 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 - Ciudad de Luces and Micah Posner Ciudad de Luces- Latino bicycle collective from LA Micah Posner- director, People Power

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

5/11 - Josiah Cain Principal, Design Ecology

5/18 - Greywater Guerillas

educators, designers, builders, and artists

5/25 - 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. DIVE: A film about living off of America's waste and a panel of community food waste/recovery leaders.

4/14 - Katie Maynard

4/21 - Engaging with Disengagement

4/28 - Transportation

5/05 - Coalition of Immokalee Workers

5/12 - Community Services Unlimited

5/19 - 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 - Erik Knutzen - Urban Homesteading

    Author, activist, and blogger extraordinaire

4/15 - Matthew Wolf-Meyer - Medical Anthropology

    Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz

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

    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis

4/29 - Green For All - Creating a Green Collar Economy

5/6 - Panel Discussion on Energy

5/13 - John de Graaf - Taking Back Your Time

    Author, activist, filmmaker

5/20 - Sharon Davison

    Educator, activist, progressive thinker

5/27 - 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

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

2007 course information has disappeared

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 stcastle@ucdavis.edu 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 (stcastle@ucdavis.edu) for more information! art 2011.pdf ART+application+2011.docx

2013 Action Research Teams

2011 Action Research Teams

*To Be Announced

2010 Action Research Teams

2009 Action Research Teams

2008 Action Research Teams

  • Oxen Powered Farming-Shosha Capps, sacapps@ucdavis.edu

  • Sustainable Food Systems for UC Davis- Maggie Lickter, molickter@ucdavis.edu

  • Sustainable Housing- George Hubert, george.hubert@stantec.com

  • Bicycle Education Documentary- Ken Celli, kcelli@energy.state.ca.us

  • Our Salt March?: Thinking about Change - Tobias Joel, thjoel@ucdavis.edu

    • Tobias here—this ART will really be a lot of fun. We will address the elephant in the room. That is, slow down and look critically at the change we (as a movement) are trying to enact, and explore the modes of thought underpinning the problems we work to solve. That means taking responsibility for their causes and, from that point, considering how we can move forward. As we dig into these issues we will awaken our movement to a renewed introspection and, moreover, self-doubt. The goal is NOT to simply devise some homogeneous, systemic understanding of "sustainability". That would only replace the artificiality of mainstream culture with our own home-grown myths. Instead we will create a space to recognize sustainability's plurality of meanings and consider, What are we actually trying to do?

      We will read one short (but rich) text a week and meet to discuss. Each participant will produce a small reflection on these issues by the end of the quarter (an essay, poem, drawing, performance piece—whatever you like!). Those will be the only assignments. It's about thinking. The flavor will be laid-back, calm and happy. Finally, the ART will organize a public demonstration in which all of ESLP can participate. That will be fun. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE AND COME TO ANY MEETINGS.

      Tentative syllabus (readings made available in a reader): Salt March Syllabus.pdf

      Presentation for ESLP 27 May: http://strangedays.viewbook.com/salt_marching

  • Sustainable Campus Transportation Design Collective - Chris Congleton, cdcong@gmail.com

    • Project Titles, followed by contact person for those projects:

      • Revive the Campus BUG (Bicycle User's Group)

      • Summer Freshman Orientation: 5 minute film on biking convenience (and safety?)

      • Social Costs and Benefits of Travel Choices Focus Group Study

      • Car-Free Downtown Davis on Weekends

      • Design and Build Covered Bike Parking

      • Build some Bike Trailers or a 7 person Bike Bus

  • Sustainable Crafts with Kids- Aisha Young, theyoung@ucdavis.edu

Topics for Action Research Teams from 2007 and 2006

  • 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

  • Starting a Non-profit

  • Sustainable Food Systems

  • Campus Transportation

  • Green Building (LEED)