CSSC Alumni: Where Are They Now?

This month, we are excited to present Brian Croshal, who you may know as the aquaponics guru from the convergence, the guy with the solar trailer, or a member of the Tree Amigos band.

Victory for UC Service Workers and Allies

After 20 months of bitter disagreement and 2 strikes, the UC and the AFSCME 3299 union signed a historic 4-year contract and called off a third system wide strike that was scheduled for March 3- March 7.

How to Raise the Funk

by Kevin Killion, Butte/Chico CSSC and CSSC Op Team Chair Funky Frackin Fundraiser, and so can you. A funkraiser is an opportunity to combine celebration, education and amazing people together. There are lots of variables  to consider, yet funkraising is a practical way to outreach to our community, raise funds […]

Youth have an obligation to reject the Keystone XL pipeline

The U.S. State Department recently released its Final Environmental Impact Statement, or FEIS, for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a project by Canadian energy company TransCanada, that would carry close to 1 million barrels per day of the world’s dirtiest oil from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico for foreign export.

Don’t Frack LA!

UCLA CALPIRG Students Against Fracking Campaign Contributors: Jacqueline Mak – Campaign Director Angela Kim – Intern Angela Yip – Intern Natalie Un  – Intern WHAT THE FRACK? Do you know what that means? Hydraulic fracturing, fracking for short, is a dangerous method of drilling for oil, and it’s right here in LA. […]

UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly votes YES on Divestment!

Saturated in coffee and cardboard pizza, the Graduate Assembly of the University of California Berkeley (GA, basically the graduate students’ Senate) voted two-thirds majority last night in favor of UC Berkeley and UC system-wide fossil fuel divestment.

The Fossil Free UC Retreat at SLO Ranch

by Emili Abdel-Ghany, Fossil Free Intern at UC Davis Inspired. Connected. Informed. Supported. Reinvigorated. I can feel the revolution in the room. This weekend is a landmark for the fossil fuel divestment campaign in the UC. Representatives from Davis, Berkeley, Riverside, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles including representatives […]

Decarbonization as Decolonization: The Case of the Northern Bay Area

The environmental justice movement has brought important dimensions of race and class to mainstream environmentalism. But what is often overlooked is how closely related the environmental justice movement is to struggles of decolonization–especially in the context of decarbonization and the global movement toward a zero-carbon economy.


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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Report Unveils Greater Threat to Drinking Water from Coal Ash

Now nearly 140 coal ash sites have proven water pollution problems Knowledge is king, and now we know more about the extent of damage coal ash sites across the country are causing to our drinking water. A new report issued today by Earthjustice, the Environmental Integrity Project and Sierra Club […]

‘The Majestic Plastic Bag’ A Nature Mockumentary

With the California Senate preparing to vote on AB 1998 — a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide — Heal the Bay has released a hilarious mockumentary in the vein of a BBC nature film, following the travels of “one of the most clever and illustrious creatures: the plastic […]

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 […]

Floods, fire, and fiddling

Legend has it that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. These days, Congress fiddles while the world burns. More precisely, it’s Russia that’s burning at the moment, with a record heat wave and forest fires being blamed for as many as 15,000 deaths so far. Also troubling is the drought, which […]

Strong public support for climate law, but battle brews

Despite a whole lot of brouhaha over AB 32 and the proposition to derail it, two-thirds of California residents continue to back it — a percent unchanged from last year. So says a poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. But the results don’t put the climate law […]

Ensuring Food Security Means Protecting Pavlovsk Seed Bank

Riddle me this: What’s more valuable, global food security or a batch of luxury homes? I know, seems like kind of a no-brainer. Keeping the world fed should obviously come before some new McMansions. But apparently a Russian court thinks otherwise. SIGN THE PETITION Yesterday, a Russian court declared that […]

Real Food Challenge Summer Leadership Training Aug. 26-29

The West Coast Summer Leadership training will be held in Atascadero, CA (near San Luis Obispo) this summer to help students share their experiences and build organizational skills. Only 25-30 students are accepted for the training, and spots are filling up! This is a great way to learn from fellow […]

China says ocean cleared of oil 10 days after spill

Chinese officials said Monday that an oil slick in coastal waters has been cleaned up 10 days after a massive explosion sent an estimated 1,500 tons of crude into the Yellow Sea along the northeastern port city of Dalian. But beaches along Dalian’s long shoreline remain closed indefinitely, with oil […]

Scientists Confirm Underwater Plumes Are From Spill

Florida researchers said Friday that they had for the first time conclusively linked vast plumes of microscopic oil droplets drifting in the Gulf of Mexico to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The scientists, from the University of South Florida, matched samples taken from the plumes with oil from the leaking well […]

Who Killed the Climate Bill?

This is how a climate bill dies. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the bad news: “We don’t have the votes.” Without a single Republican backing the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, the Senate’s version of a comprehensive energy bill, there was no point taking it […]

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 […]