Giving rise to diversity in marine science, by way of mentorship and research

A lack of diversity in marine science limits our ability to develop creative, equitable solutions to pressing coastal problems. But increasing diversity will take more than recruiting and scholarships. Students need mentorship, research experience and opportunities to build confidence.

Taming Fire: Controlled burns can be a boon to our landscape 

Resource managers are increasingly turning toward prescribed burns as a tool to maintain and restore landscapes and reduce the risk of wildfires. The technique stretches back thousands of years to the native peoples of North America. 

UC’s wild, wonderful natural reserves 

Steve Monfort, executive director of the UC Natural Reserve System shares why biodiversity is the key to our future and how UC’s reserves are its best-kept secret.

US forests face an unclear future with climate change 

But climate change itself might compromise how permanently forests are able to store carbon and keep it out of the air, according to a new paper by researchers at University of Utah and UC Santa Barbara.

Climate Forward: UC Santa Barbara receives $1 million to develop climate action capacity 

UC Santa Barbara has received $1 million to kickstart climate innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. The funding is part of $15 million in grants for such efforts across the UC system, and part of an even larger UC enterprise in support of California’s climate action goals, including new methods for carbon capture and innovative coping strategies for drought, wildfire and other impacts of a warming planet.

Records from Platform Holly provide a glimpse of how petroleum production affects natural gas seeps 

From oil rigs to tar seeps, it’s hard to miss the presence of petroleum around the Santa Barbara Channel. And the proximity of UC Santa Barbara has enabled scientists to investigate the interplay between the two processes releasing oil from underground: human enterprise and regional geology.

UC Santa Barbara’s John Perlin will discuss the inextricable link between civilization and forests 

Where civilizations rise, forests flee. And where forests founder, civilizations fall. That is the premise of “A Forest Journey: The Role of Trees in the Fate of Civilization” (Patagonia, 2023), a masterpiece by John Perlin, a visiting scholar in UC Santa Barbara’s physics department.

University of California systemwide network offers crisis course

Considering California’s long history of catastrophic events - which have been increasing in number and severity with the onset of climate change - it makes sense that the UC system is home to some of the world’s foremost authorities and problem solvers.

Model of Efficiency - Institute for Energy Efficiency settles into its state-of-the-art new home, the donor-funded Henley Hall

UC Merced Becomes the First Public Research University in the Country to Achieve Carbon Neutrality
After a lengthy and rigorous review by independent auditors, UC Merced can proudly announce it is the first public research university in the country to achieve carbon neutrality, two years ahead of its goal.

Fishing’s Hidden Carbon Footprint
Researchers discover that fishing reduces carbon sequestration in the ocean

Keeping Our Cool
To limit global warming, the global food system must be reimagined

University of California, Alumni, Employees & Students Home Solar Rebate

Nissan Leaf rebate

And Justice for All
Inaugural California Higher Ed Food Summit at UCSB to explore food justice

Evidence Suggests California’s Drought is the Worst in 1,200 Years

One to Grow On

The Living Breathing Ocean

12 things you didn’t know about holiday foods

University of California Signs PPA to Buy 80 MWs of Solar Power Annually

Call to Action
Central Coast Sustainability Summit at UCSB encourages environmental solutions

November 13, 2014 – UC Santa Barbara Host Central Coast Sustainability Summit

CCBER 2014 Video

Food for Thought

August 13, 2014 – The Princeton Review: 2015 Honor Roll 
UCSB received one of the highest scores (99) in the Princeton Review’s Green Rating and was named to the 2014 “Green Rating Honor Roll.” The Company tallied the rating for 832 institutions, based on its institutional surveys of colleges in 2012-13 concerning their environmentally related practices, policies, and academic offerings.

UCSB Ranks 24 in Sierra Club’s Cool school ranking

July 10, 2014 – Water Crisis Update: UCSB Lecture to Discuss Drought, Conservation in Santa Barbara and Goleta

July 10, 2014 – UCSB’s research expertise, best practices key to new, comprehensive UC Global Food Initiative

April 24, 2014 – Conference to Focus on Climate Justice Project

April 24, 2014 – UCSB Sustainability’s The Green Initiative Fund awards campus environmental projects

April 17, 2014 – Holding Water, UC Santa Barbara’s Sustainability efforts pay off in face of statewide call to conserve