A Strong 2014 With Your Support

Happy New Year from CSSC! 2013 was quite an exciting year. In the last 12 months, our students mobilized to divest their campus institution’s endowments from the fossil fuel industry; organized and defended their communities from fracking; and joined thousands of students in Pittsburgh, PA in pushing to stop the disproportionate impact of climate change […]

Our Greatest Crisis

After decades of disregard, climate change is finally gaining momentum in the public sphere.

Fighting Fracking Indoors and Out

A student’s experience at a public comment hearing by Meredith Jacobson Two weeks ago,  I attended Oakland’s public hearing on the scope of the Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)’s environmental impact report regarding fracking in the state of California. That’s a mouthful, but an important one, so […]

Press Release: Right Livelihood College Establishes Campus in California

      Common Ground partners with “Alternative Nobel Prize” to become North America’s first Right Livelihood College. Facebook Website Email Common Ground Center Education for a Just and Sustainable World Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as “the Alternative Nobel Prize,” honors and supports those offering […]

Spotlight on Butte’s Anti-Fracking Beer Campaign

by Katie Wilken, Butte College student Interviewed by Meredith Jacobson, CSSC Online Content Manager What is the general summary of this campaign? Sparked by issues of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in our local community, we have started this campaign as a way to bring awareness about fracking for liquid natural gas […]

Fasting for the Climate: Building Grassroots Power From Warsaw to California

By: Katie Hoffman, with contributions from Emily Williams and Ophir Bruck Just days after super-typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, nine students addressed the Regents of the University of California for the fifth time demanding UC officials, particularly newly appointed president Janet Napolitano, take swift and meaningful action to address the […]

Divestment / Reinvestment with Bill McKibben and Billy Parish

“Invest. Divest. Remind folks there’s no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth.” — President Obama     On Tuesday, November 26, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, two giants of the environmental movement will host a discussion on the major issue of the day: divestment […]

Fossil Fuel Haunting UC-Wide Action

UC students across California did not stay behind closed doors on Halloween! Dressed as ghosts of a Fossil Future, we haunted our campuses and warned of the dark reality laying ahead if we sit quietly and remain tied to the fossil fuel industry! We urged our peers and our administrators […]

The Power is Already Shifting

Power Shift is a conference for the young at heart who are dedicated to overcoming the climate crisis and the fossil fuel industry, and creating a world that is socially, economically, and ecologically just.

UCSC Common Ground Center Hosts Music, Media, Activism, and Aloha!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 24, 2013 PRESS CONTACT – David Shaw, (831) 207-4206, daveshawlistens@gmail.com Slack key guitar player Makana and TEDxMaui founder Katie McMillan to speak at UCSC’s Common Ground Center about the power of art and digital media to impact social change SANTA CRUZ, October 24, 2013 – […]

De Anza leads Community Colleges to Fossil Freedom

Photo Credit: Ophir Bruck, Fossil Free UC De Anza College Students are Leading the Way While flipping through pictures from Power Shift this past weekend, thinking about strategy for building the inclusive movement we need to win this struggle in the long run, I was pleasantly surprised with some big […]

Middle Eastern Style Chopped Salad

In Northern California where I was born and raised, we are drowning in a sea of tomatoes and cucumbers. What is the absolute best thing to make with these items, especially if your cukes are a little too large? Chopped salad! During the summer, tomatoes take over my life. They […]

Apply to Solar Spring Break!

GRID Alternatives is looking for CSSC students to apply to their national Alternative Break Program happening in March 2014.

Why YOU Should Register for the Fall Convergence

Have you heard? Registration is now open for the Fall 2013 Convergence at Humboldt State University! Our team is hard at work to ensure that November 9th-10th will be the most inspiring, educational, and energizing weekend it can be.


Shakshuka, also known as Eggs in Purgatory, is heaven on earth. By far my favorite savory breakfast dish, it consists of a dreamy tomato and bell pepper based sauce with eggs poached directly in the sauce. It draws on international roots spanning North Africa and the Middle East; shakshuka is […]

Upcoming Regional Powershift Convergences

Hello Friends! For years, students across California have been at the frontlines of the movement for building a clean and just future. Just within the past year, our campus communities have led efforts to divest our institution’s endowments from the fossil fuel industry; to defend our communities from fracking; and […]

This Fall with CSSC

Have you read the news lately? It’s an exciting time to be an activist. CSSC has quite an action-packed semester in the works, and it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon.

Perpetual Pesto

As a special treat, Rachel, my brilliant partner in food related crime who normally provides the adorable cartoons, and I are switching roles. This recipe is all her own concoction written in her hand. And I get to dabble with watercolor. Foodies can wear many hats folks. Enjoy. Freezer Pesto […]

Interview with Carolyn Finney Ph.D. Professor at UC Berkeley

Investment, Innovation, and Inspiration   With the next CSSC Convergence, at UC Berkeley, only a few short weeks away, we have another exclusive and thought provoking CSSC interview. Dr. Carolyn Finney is a professor at UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Her research focuses on identity representation difference […]

Interview with Mike Roselle Co-Founder of Earth First!

Sustainability from a Radical Perspective Portrait of a Life-Long Activist Long before the California Student Sustainability Coalition was even a thought in the eyes of young university students, there was an organization which decided to bring non-violent direct action into the forests and wild places of the United States. This […]

New Life

I have excuses. So many excuses. Here’s how they go: I really intended to be a good blogger, but then there is life. In between a new home, a new puppy, a new job, blogging fell by the wayside. But, there is more newness: a new garden! Therefore, we can […]

What Happened on February 17th?

I’ll tell you! It was a great rally on Sunday Feb 17th! Attending the San Francisco solidarity march was a powerful event, which brought folks from many different movements together to demonstrate in the streets of America. While the block we marched around was packed with protesters, some 40,000 people […]

How Gamification can make the world a more sustainable place

Gamification for a better world We are living in a world where what we “should” do is often times different from things we “want to” do. This holds true for Sustainability – often times the things you need to do to be sustainable is not necessarily what is the most […]

2013 Winter Leadership Retreat

    The CSSC leadership retreats are a space for leaders working on sustainability initiatives on their campuses to come together with other leaders working on similar projects throughout the state During breakout sessions and workshops retreat attendees have the ability to shape the CSSC by setting goals for the […]

Forward on Climate–National Call and Rally Roundup!

FEBRUARY 7 – Lots of amazing things happening around the nation, as young people are jumping into the new year in a really big way! Join us for national calls, and make a stand for bold climate action at solidarity rallies in LA, SF, and SD! More details after the […]

Co-Sign The Open Letter To Obama Calling For Bold Climate Action!- 350.org

Help Encourage the President to take action on Climate Change.   350.org is calling for everyone to Co-Sign a letter to President Obama to urge “him to take bold action to confront climate change now.” With the President’s promise to challenge  Climate Change during the inauguration it is now the time to hold him to […]

Students Move to Divest at the Claremont “7C’s”

Across the United States, students from various colleges and universities are saying “Yes!” to ask their presidents, deans, and boards of trustees to divest. Recently, this movement spread to the Claremont Consortium.

Happy New Year from the CSSC!

As we move into 2013, it’s important to reflect on how we can truly be the change we wish to see in the world. All activism and organizing starts within. Here are some New Year’s resolutions from some members of the CSSC:

Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon?

“We are not responsible for climate change—it’s the big industries that are,” said Abelardo, a young man from the Tseltal Mayan village of Amador Hernández in the Lacandon jungle ofChiapas. “So why should we be held responsible, and even punished for it?”

Fall 2012 Convergence: When People Become a Snowflake

This fall, Butte College became the first community college to ever host a CSSC convergence. While some may have doubted how many people would haul up to the far north corner of our state, the magnetic power of convergence brought hundreds of students and the young at heart to the Butte College campus.

Fall 2012 Convergence: The Three Pillars of Sustainability

The Fall 2012 Convergence is just around the corner! This weekend we will be making CSSC history: this is the first time a convergence has ever been hosted at a community college. The team at Butte has cooked up an incredible, jam-packed, inspiring weekend for you all, so if you haven’t registered yet – get on it!

Project We Own It

Why YOU should make a pledge to support the Isla Vista Food Co-op in Santa Barbara

GMOs: Too Big to Fail

We all fail. Our attempts, for example, at crafting an esteemed piece of literature or painting a revered portrait or impressing our friends with a delicious gourmet meal often end in disastrous disarray. But, most of us accept and learn from our failures.

Announcing the Fall 2012 Convergence

The CSSC Fall Convergence will be held November 9th to 11th at Butte Community College. Join hundreds of students from across CA to build community, share resources, plan action, attend workshops, and celebrate.