In 2001, the SEC was created with the goal of seeking clear and specific sustainable initiatives through student voice, education, and empowerment.


To achieve these goals, SEC convened the first Earth Summit in 2002. They brought students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members together to discuss the state of sustainability at UC Santa Cruz.

Of many notable accomplishments that first Earth Summit manifested, it first guided Earth Summit participants to form working groups and the Chancellor's Sustainability Action Council (CSAC), a supporting group designed to "help institutionalize and coordinate the ongoing efforts of the working groups." Together, these working groups and CSAC sought to spark important conversations and put projects identified at Earth Summit into action.

Today, Earth Summit remains on of the longest running events on campus. And while we do focus on sustainability each year, we change the focus and theme to reflect current campus and global issues. 


Thank you to everyone who attended Earth Summit 2019!

Our theme this year, “Just Sustainability: Intersecting Narratives of Hope”, brought a lot of amazing conversation about how to confront hidden privileges within sustainability. Our wonderful speakers addressed the important topic of environmental justice, and the Students of Color Caucus offered a collaborative workshop for students to discuss how they view privileges in a sustainability framework.

We are proud to have hosted a variety of organizations while they tabled at the event including: The Homeless Garden Project, Fossil Free UC, The Common Ground Center, The Fair Trade Alliance, and more!

Special thanks to Falafel of Santa Cruz for providing us with dinner, our speakers for giving us their valuable time, and all the attendees for making this event such a success.

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Now U.C. It: Basic Needs Crisis At UCSC

This year's Earth Summit focused on the current crisis at UCSC in which students are being forced to fight for their basic rights. Earth Summit was an opportunity for students, alum, faculty, and community members alike to come learn how the current enrollment crisis at UCSC has permeated every aspect of students' lives and what folks can do to get involved in the movement to fight it. Speakers and workshops helped give attendees methods of enacting change on and off of campus.

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At this year's summit...

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Leader, Valentin Lopez spoke on the history of the land UCSC is on and helped the SEC reveal the Mission Bell petition we worked with the Amah Mutsun to create.

Students learned about food and housing justice on campus from members of SUHWG.

Attendees participate in our direct action station where they could sign petitions, register to vote, and comment on the Student Housing West environmental impact report.

We also be featured our 4th Annual Student of Color Caucus and Whiteness in Sustainability workshop in order to engage in the conversation about racism within the sustainability movement and on campus.

Students, faculty, and community members gathered to discuss campus sustainability and students' basic needs.

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Earth Summit 2017

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thank you to everyone who Joined Us last year for...

Earth Summit 2016

Friday, April 21st, 2107

at the Colleges 9&10 Multipurpose Room


The Climate Music Project performed an original musical piece composed to correlate with the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere over time. 

We released the 2016-17 printed copies of the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus at this event! And as always, we enjoyed good food!

Below was the general agenda for the day:

10:00 am: Welcome & FREE Bagelry bagels

10:15-11:30 am: Student of Color Caucus hosted by the People of Color Sustainability Collective; and Enviroslug Interactive Tabling (SEE FLYER BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION!) 

Tabling includes seed planting, recycling game, make your own deodorantcampus expansion trivia, write your representatives, and more!

11:30 am-12:00 pm: FREE Lunch from Falafel of Santa Cruz 

12:00-12:30 pm: Student speeches and performance by Isang Himig a cappella 

12:30-1:20 pm: Performance by the Climate Music Project with Q&A

1:30-2:00 pm: Performance by Terisa Siagatonu, spoken word artist and UCSC alumna, followed by Q&A 

2:00-3:00 pm: Make marching signs for upcoming March for Science and People's Climate March

FREE Kerri's Kreations cookies! 

Thank you for joining us! Earth Summit is a free event. Folks are welcome to Drop in anytime!