Ketchup on Ketchup

I recently saw a Heinz ketchup ad that read, “I put ketchup on my ketchup.” I can relate to that sentiment. While I do love the classics like Heinz, summer’s bounty is too delicious to ignore. Add so, I made this ketchup that elevated a humble weekday meal of homefries […]

Sustainability, Here at Home with the Winnemem Wintu

I recently returned from a four day Coming of Age Ceremony with the Winnemem Wintu on the banksof the McCloud River in Shasta County. This experience has had me thinking a lot about the connections between culture, environment and sustainability.

Hints of Summer

Sorry for the long delay in recipe goodness. Since my last post an embarrassingly long time ago, I’ve been doing things like settling into a fantastic job, choosing a grad school, and trying to find a place to live that is affordable, where I can have compost pile, and where […]

LA Approves Plastic Bag Ban

Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region’s waterways and the ocean.

An Odious Investment: Moving Beyond Coal at UC Berkeley

Why is a world-renowned public university that prides itself on being a leader for social change, civil rights and progressive education investing without transparency in one of the most significant environmental problems of our time?

Voices from the Spring 2012 Convergence

From April 27th – April 29th, over 400 students from across the state of California gathered at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a weekend of workshops, speakers, live music, and camping. The theme of this convergence was building a resoNATION – inspiring students to join together to make a positive, resounding impact in the world.

Occupy Comes Down to Earth

Occupy the Farm began on April 22 in Albany, just north of Berkeley, when 200 community activists cut through a chain-link fence surrounding a vacant patch of land owned by the University of California.

Everything You Need to Know About The Convergence!

Greetings, Earthlings! I hope you are as excited as we are for the CSSC’s Spring Student Sustainability Convergence beginning this Friday, April 27th! This post contains quite a bit of important information that will help you get prepared for one of the best weekends of your life! Just keep reading, just keep reading…

Connect the Dots

Across the planet now we see ever more flood, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked — the impacts we’re already witnessing from climate change are unlike anything we have seen before.

University of California Holds $234 Million in Filthy 15 Coal Corporations

Data in a new report authored by California Student Sustainability Coalition alumni Sarah Siedschlag and published by the University of California reveals that the University of California Regents have something on the order of $234 million dollars worth of holdings in 15 of the largest coal companies. Titled “Reducing California […]

Can the University of California make campus food sustainable?

Fast food joints offer a quick and easy fix for hungry, busy students on college campuses. But at the University of California, they’ve also become a target for student activists intent on shifting their schools’ large dining budgets away from less healthy, industrially produced food…

Recharge! Retreat

Call for applicants! The Focus the Nation Recharge! Retreat is a week-long, expenses-paid retreat for young clean energy leaders.

California Considers a Cottage Food Law

Since the homemade food renaissance has taken root in California, there’s been no shortage of home picklers, jammers, and bakers. But under current state laws, it’s a misdemeanor for those home artisans to sell their goodies in the open marketplace.

Applications Open for Summer of Solutions 2012

Applications are now open to join Summer of Solutions (SOS) programs across the country, including Oakland and Los Angeles. Summer of Solutions is a people-powered program for youth (ages 14-30) to develop their leadership and build just, sustainable economies in their communities.

Submit a Workshop Proposal for the Spring 2012 Convergence!

We invite you to help us build a resoNATION! We each come to this convergence finding our individual places within the movement and how they connect and resonate together. We want to put this cohesion into action to build and create social, political, economic and personal change.

Spotlight on the CSSC End Coal Campaign

If you’re part of CSSC, you probably already save energy at your house: you turn off the lights when you leave the room, you don’t use unnecessary electricity guzzlers like hair dryers, and maybe you’ve even switched to energy efficient appliances or compact fluorescent light bulbs.

11 important clean energy provisions in Obama’s budget proposal

President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget invests in clean energy to help power the engine of economic growth. The budget would direct funds to efficiency and renewable electricity technologies to create jobs and boost domestic manufacturing, and would also make manufacturing more efficient.

Citrus Time is Here Again!

Oh beautiful and delectable, sweet and surprising citrus! Since we are the California Student Sustainability Coalition with a lovely Mediterranean climate, we get to celebrate the winter months with bright and fresh citrus fruits.


2012 Winter Leadership Retreat

The CSSC 2012 Winter Leadership Retreat took place January 12th-16th in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs. Natural beauty and enough space for all of us under one roof made it the perfect setting to delve deep into the nuts and bolts, or rather, the roots and shoots, of the CSSC.

Get Your Ferment On

As we pull into the darkness and cold of winter, our immune systems can take a real hit. Not only does dry air ruin our first defenses like gooey mucus to catch all those flying bits of bacteria, but the lack of physical activity and proper nutrition generally associated with the season can be detrimental to your well-being. Enter fermented food.

Soy Milk and Cookies

What does svelte, vegan Santa want? An ice-cold glass of homemade soymilk and tasty vegan cookies made with care.

Holiday Homemade Gift Guide

Since it seems to be the season of excess, let’s try not to add to the pile of hyper processed foods and unwanted, meaningless gifts from a big box store. Not only should good presents be useful and from the heart, they should be economical and ecological.

Community Ratatouille

Like I’ve mentioned before, the CSSC has a long history of eating well. Not only can we make some mean potluck dishes and serve hundreds on donated food, we feed our leaders family style meals during our summer and winter leadership retreats. For some of us, eating our favorite CSSC […]


Please forgive the fact that this post was written, but not posted, long ago. As an update, our warm fall and wet spring this year allowed a long harvest period. Enjoy! Summer-is-way-too-corny-taco-soup Don’t get me wrong, I love my CSA. I love that it is produced by my university’s student […]

Picnic Part Three! Faux crab cakes and dessert.

Can you really have a picnic without faux crab cakes and fondue? My guess is yes, but I wouldn’t want to risk it. The faux crab cakes are one of my favorite make for dinner now and enjoy for lunch later recipes. Even though there is nothing that beats crunchy, […]

Picnic Party Part 2 of 3

Welcome to part two of the picnic adventure! Last time I shared the recipes for gazpacho and grilled veggies, which we will be using for the potato and corn salads. Classic potato salad, while delicious, is a big pile of unhealthy. With tons of eggs and oil in the mayo, […]

Picnic Party Part 1 of 3

I LOVE picnics! Food always tastes better outside, especially when there is a threat of ambush by ants. Grab a blanket and head for the great outdoors; this one is going to wow you. When designing a picnic, think about feasibility. I knew that I would have limited access to […]

Energy Utilizing Garlic

I mentioned it in my last post, but one of the many energy saving techniques I try to use in the kitchen is to pack my oven each time I turn it on. Delicious roasted garlic is the perfect energy saver and most wonderful ingredient on hand. Just remember to […]

Eggplant Nonmesan

This is a hearty dish so make sure that you are feeling up to a challenge. Traditional eggplant parmesan is also one of the most satisfying vegetarian dishes for the recent transition-er to a meat free life. While it might be tasty, it is still packed with lots and lots […]

Tim Galarneau receives 2011 UC Sustainability Champion Award

Tim Galarneau, UCSC’s Food Systems working group coordinator, is known for his far-ranging vision and his ability to advance the sustainable foods movement on campus and beyond. Now, Galarneau – described in a 2009 Mother Jones magazine profile as “the Alice Waters of a burgeoning movement of campus foodies”, is getting systemwide recognition.

10th Annual Spring Convergence: Let the Countdown Begin!

Spring Convergence is so close I can smell the vegan food already! UC Davis has prepared a sensational weekend complete with energizing keynote speeches from Tim DeChristopher and Rikki Ott, a panel discussion with time for your questions, inspiringly innovative student-led workshops, and an incredibly delicious menu of local organic goodness to keep you going all day long. Online Registration ends April 24th at Midnight.

Why I Lived With My Garbage For a Year

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010, I saved every piece of my garbage. No, I’m not homeless, and I didn’t lose my mind. I decided to save my trash—in my bedroom—because I started to realize how living in a consumer culture like ours means using a lot of “disposable” […]

2010 Fall Convergence Reflections from Andrew Chang

The Convergence weekend was an incredible ride from start to finish. I am so excited to be able to share my experiences and favorite moments from the Convergence with you all. This was all about the community we built, so I would love for any and all of you who were a part of this to share your favorite moments from the Convergence on the comments page!

Convergence in T-Minus 17 Days!

Happy Tuesday everyone! The convergence is less than THREE weeks away and we here at UCSB are excitedly getting our campus ready for all your shining faces and brilliant minds! Get ready for a weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara that is at once intense and relaxing, inspiring and energizing. There […]

U.C. Proxy Voting Skirts Review Guidelines, Documents Show

The UC Responsible Investments Campaign (RIC) is a push for UC’s to invest ethically, and to listen to the student’s concerns. The RIC has worked with the CSSC closely for some time now, and the movement has gone national, featuring in a new article in The New York Times! D’Artagnan Scorza and Becky Miller, both CSSC Board Members, have been actively involved in this campaign.


November 2nd is the most important day of 2010. This is the day Californians will elect a new governor and decide on multiple propositions. It’s important every Californian votes in this election. The future of education, immigration, sustainability and even our states nearly impossible two thirds majority rule to pass […]

Summer Love – CSSC Leadership Retreat

One hot summer’s weekend in mid-August, I was fortunate enough to attend the CSSC leadership retreat in Napa, CA. Hailing all the way from San Diego, I crossed my fingers that the long journey up would be worth it… it was. Immediately upon entering the room, I felt the sense […]

PowerVote 2010

Empowered. Connected. Strong. That’s how I felt after spending this past weekend in Chicago meeting and working with fellow youth activists from across the nation. The connections I made there are deep-seated and lifelong, and I am honored to call each and every one of them my friends. They are […]

2010 Spring Convergence Photo Contest

We saw you!  You were taking awesome pictures at the Convergence.  We want the best of the best Convergence photos.  So, we’ve created a contest.  Pick your ten best photos that you took of the Convergence.  The Operating Team will then select the top three submitted photos that best campture […]