OUR Main themes From THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR:

Academics/ Education

Environmental Justice


Our TRAsh map Project

Do you ever wonder where our trash goes after it's thrown in the bin? Trash maps will show us where our trash goes after it is out of our hands. Waste can go in "backyards" as far as out of the country and as close as the next county over. Keep an eye out to see our trash maps to debut on a trashcan near you!

Current trash map information is on the pamphlet below (more information to come).



Plastic Bag Ban

The city bans them, so why does UCSC still have them? What about UCSC's goal to be "Waste Free by 2020"? We are working with the Student Union Association and Campus Administrators to get reduced waste by getting rid of the plastic bags from the Bay Tree Book Store. Let's help the campus reach their goal and work towards being plastic bag free!

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Recycling Education

Will UCSC be able to reach their goal of being zero waste by 2020? Even though the city of Santa Cruz is not taking in any of UCSC’s mixed recycling, SEC is helping increase recycling awareness in Santa Cruz by doing a recycling game which is similar to basketball. This will be available during our tabling events and will give students a fun educational time.

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Our 2017-2018 Projects


The SEC has decided to focus on campus development and the Basic Needs Crisis here at UCSC. 


28,000 by 2040??? This absurd campus enrollment projection was announced by Chancellor Blumenthal back in March, and yet little has been talked about how students NOW are doing. We are fighting to have student voices heard about the current housing crisis and other issues with over enrollment, such as food insecurity, longer graduation rates, inadequate transportation, inadequate academic and cultural resources, overflowing classrooms, busses, and dorms, and much more. 

Working collectively with the Student Union Housing Working Group (SUHWG), Students United With Renters (SUR), Quality Education in the UC's (QEUC), and many other student organizations, we WILL make our demands heard and ENSURE that they are met before any more enrollment increases happens!

Important Articles and Documents About Campus Development:

Support Projects


The Student Environmental Center is currently working with members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Monterey County to petition to the University to remove the mission bell that is currently located outside of Hahn Student Services.

This bell represents the genocide of thousands of indigenous people and the continuous conquest of the land that many tribes believe to have been given to them by their God.

While they ultimately desire to one day be able to take care of the land that is rightfully theirs in the way their God asked them to do, for now they are seeking ways to give proper recognition to the history of the land and the rightful owners of the land, the Yupi Tribe and its subsequent bands.

Removing the mission bell is a small step in making the Yupi and Amah Mutsun history more recognized on campus and giving a sense of ownership back to those who don't even get to enjoy the beautiful land we are lucky enough to be educated on.

To learn more about the Amah Mutsun and the history of their people on this land, please visit their webpage:

To view the resolution letter, click here.

To sign the petition, click here.