A Critical Response to the Refugio Oil Spill

By: Arlo Bender-Simon As someone who spends a lot of my time paying attention to fossil fuel resistance efforts, I am growing numb to the term “disaster.” I am reading pretty much every other week about a spill, an explosion, homes evacuated, waterways polluted…..makes me want to tune out. If […]

UCSB Community Holds Rally in Response to Oil Spill

UCSB COMMUNITY HOLDS RALLY AT ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING IN RESPONSE TO OIL SPILL, CALLS OUT UNIVERSITY FOR INVESTMENTS IN SPILL On Tuesday, May 19th, a pipeline owned by Plains All American carrying Exxon’s oil ruptured, spilling over 100,000 gallons of oil, 21,000 of which made its way into the sea.  Plains […]

UCSB Students LEED by Example

by:Kaitlin Carney, Noah Eckhous, and Timothy Jacobs A group of students from the University of California, Santa Barbara are wrapping up a year-long course in green building in which they worked through the process of LEED certifying a campus building. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification recognizes Leadership in […]

Sustainable Campus Life

by:David Sia About Author: David Sia works for studentessaywriter.com as a journalist. He graduated from University of West Los Angeles in Inglewood and holds master’s degree in Law. Inglewood is an example of a multicultural town, reflecting the world in its expansive diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and ideas. I am […]

UC to Paris Climate Symposium

by Eva Malis On Monday, May 4th, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty gathered for the first time with California political leaders and UC Office of the President staff to celebrate and discuss the University of California and State’s role in addressing climate change. With the approaching 21st session of […]

Twitter Town Hall:Don’t Frack California

Curious how #fracking is impacting the #CAdrought? Tune-in to this twitter town hall to find out. Our own CSSC Students Against Fracking Campaign Director Shoshanna Howard will on a panel answering questions during this twitter town hall. The panel will be answering questions that are tweeted until then! Follow #DontFrackCa […]

Spring 2015 Convergence Approaches

 by:Eva Malis Towards the end of every semester, I find myself growing restless and excited to share and apply what I’ve learned. CSSC Convergence serves as a perfect outlet for this desire for growth, and I cannot believe its already that time of the year again! With Convergence only a […]

Trees on TV’s: The Consequences of Separation

by: Eva Malis A pristine forest is pasted on a billboard to advertise an insurance company. Beside it, shining faces with unnatural smiles claim “Guaranteed”. Below it, a patch of yellow native grass dances with a Redbull can, receipt, and plastic grocery bag tangled in its hair. The drive from […]

Los Angeles Anti-Fracking Champion pt. 3

by Arlo Bender-Simon While Kern County is home to over 75% of California’s fossil fuel production and the Bay area is California’s hub for social justice activism, Los Angeles County is home to millions of people living right next to oil and gas operations. Part 3: Recent Elections & Moving […]

Emergency Petition on Fracking to Governor Brown

by: Shosanna Howard, Campaign Director, Students Against Fracking “We, the undersigned Petitioners, hereby petition the Honorable Edmund G. Brown to use his emergency powers under the duties of the Governor’s office to protect Californians from imminent threats to public health and safety by implementing an immediate statewide moratorium on hydraulic […]

Los Angeles: Anti-Fracking Champion

by:Arlo Bender-Simon While Kern County is home to over 75% of California’s fossil fuel production and the Bay area is California’s hub for social justice activism, Los Angeles County is home to millions of people living right next to oil and gas operations. Part 2: The Fight Against Fracking In […]

New Co-op Course Seeks to Revamp Cal’s Business Curriculum

By: Hanna Morris, Student Environmental Resource Center, UC Berkeley It’s mid-morning on Friday and the four Co-op DeCal facilitators are discussing next week’s lesson plans over freshly brewed coffee at Blue Door Café. The syllabus is impressive, with admittedly more resources, field trips and relevant readings than many of my […]

Post-Global Divestment Day Op-ed

Regents: Whose Side Are You On? Californians demand real climate leadership. One week after the largest-ever anti-fracking rally — the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland, CA — students and community members took action on University of California campuses for climate justice on the first-ever Global Divestment Day. We […]

USC Oil Resistance

By:  Dale Solomon Over the course of the last year, prices of crude oil have dropped dramatically, causing an upheaval in the fossil fuel industry. Expensive projects that are not already approved and underway are being abandoned. The industry points to dropping prices of crude as the reason, but we […]

Students March in Largest Anti-Fracking Demonstration in US History

by: Ella Teevan On Saturday, UC Berkeley students made history, marching alongside activists from across California in the largest rally against fracking the US has ever seen. Despite a spattering of rain, 8,000 people took to the streets of Oakland for the March for Real Climate Leadership, a direct call […]

The Time is Now for a Real Climate Leader

By: Jacob Elsanadi, Kristy Drutman, and Eva Malis Standing in front of her Inglewood home, Geneva Morgan points to the dramatic cracks in her driveway, house, and street and declares to a camera, “The truth is that when they frack, they go underneath our houses.” Standing in front of the […]

Los Angeles: Anti-Fracking Champion?

By: Arlo Bender-Simon While Kern County is home to over 75% of California’s fossil fuel production and the Bay area is California’s hub for social justice activism, Los Angeles County is home to millions of people living right next to oil and gas operations. Part 1: Context There are more […]

Agents of Change—Why Youth, the Global South, Minorities, and Woman Must Take Their Rightful Seat at the Table, and How They Are Being Prevented from Doing So

by Emily Williams, CSSC Campaign Director The UNFCCC likes to think that it’s “politically friendly.” At the Conferences of the Parties they work tirelessly on media, informational pamphlets, swag, and dazzling side events to “celebrate” marginalized demographics and throw around rhetoric of welcoming them into a place of leadership. Nearly […]

CSSC Launches Zero Waste Mini-Grant Program

by Sydney Johnson Starting in Spring 2015, the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) will be providing mini-grant funding for student-led projects aimed at eliminating waste. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded for projects expected to last from January 1 to June 30, 2015. According to the CSSC website, […]

Setting the context for global climate catastrophe.

by Emily Williams Trudging along through the muggy heat of Lima at the UN Climate Conference, nothing would indicate that we were standing at a conference that is slated to respond to a planetary emergency. Delegates lounge at tables on the grass, under the shade of trees, conducting interviews and […]

UC Berkeley Solidarity Letter on Tuition Hikes

by The UC Berkeley Environmental Coalition On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the Regents of the University of California passed a tuition plan that will increase student fees up to five percent for each of the next five years, amounting to a nearly twenty-eight percent increase. This decision was made despite […]

Recap: Fall 2014 UC Davis Convergence a Success

by: Eva Malis This past weekend (Nov. 14th-16th) over 550 students gathered at UC Davis to learn, grow, and build. The theme Act Collectively, Transition Together – Systems for Justice pushed the boundaries of a sustainability movement towards confronting the intersections of social justice with those of the sustainability community. […]

Stop Accecpting Climate Change, Get Active

by: Emily Williams We’ve probably all heard of the Five Stages of Climate Grief.[1] It has its roots in the Five Stages of Grief, and refers to the emotional processing our society uses to cope with climate change. First you are in denial. You deny that the earth is warming, […]

Spotlight Series-Fall Convergence 2014

by: Eva Malis Perspectives from organizers across CSSC regarding Fall 2014 Convergence at UC Davis!    RUBY FISHER-SMITH What do you do on the planning team and why do you do it? I am the treasurer of the UC Davis CSSC chapter, and I lead the finance team for the […]

A Chat with Keynote Speaker Alyssa Bradford

By Eva Malis Tell me more about your work: I’m a community organizer and a solution-based activist, currently organizing solution-based action against human trafficking. It’s so misconstrued, people think that it’s just sex slavery, so I’m working on that. I’m involved with the San Diego chapter of Affirm Gabnet, which […]

Your Invitation to Convergence

by:Emili Abdel-Ghany Where do I begin? I feel like I am planning my graduation party, what better celebration than with old friends and new from across the state in my second home of UC Davis? This convergence is going to be different. It may be uncomfortable, fun, smelly, exhausting, inspiring, […]

Election Results Statement for CSSC

by CSSC The 2014 mid-term election season proved to be an eye-opening and important one. In reflection of the important county measures to ban fracking, California Student Sustainability Coalition would like to address the results and highlight how the organization will move forward with these legislative outcomes. Measure J – […]

A Town Hall Meeting for the Proposed Food Systems Minor

by Sydney Johnson · November 1, 2014 UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff met Wednesday night in an open dialogue about the proposed Food Systems Minor. The Town Hall meeting, as it was called, centered primarily around audience input and invited those interested in the minor to come and share […]

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Keynote Speaker Confirmed for Convergence

by Eva Malis Already stoked for Fall 2014 Convergence? Here’s another reason to be: Gopal Dayaneni will be one of our keynote speakers! November 14-16th at UC Davis, we will be gathering under the theme of Act Collectively, Transition Together: Systems for Justice, and Gopal’s experience fits perfectly within this […]

Food and Climate Change: What Are Students Saying? by: Eva Malis As the urgency of the climate dilemma looms over us like a swiftly approaching storm cloud, more people are desperately searching for easy solutions. And there are many of them—a whole world of creative solutions, all with debatable impacts. […]

UC Regents: Listen to Your Community. Be True Climate Leaders.

by: Emili Abdel-Ghany, UC Davis Class of 2014 Community and Regional Development California Student Sustainability Coalition Field Organizer for the Fossil Freedom Solidarity Organizing Program and former Senior Field Organizer for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign. Over the past three years I have seen communities rise up together across UC […]

A Thank You Letter to CSSC

I moved to California in the fall of 2010 to attend UC Berkeley. By spring, I had found CSSC. It’s actually a funny story.In the spring of 2011, Energy Action Coalition held its third ever Power Shift conference in Washington DC. I had gone to Power Shift in 2009 when […]

Fossil Free Moves Forward: May Regents Meeting Account

We piled, enthused but bleary-eyed, into a gas guzzling old Volvo on the morning of May 14th. I contemplated, as I feel obligated to do, the net emissions of traveling from Santa Cruz to attend the UC Regents meeting in Sacramento:

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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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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.