What is a Convergence?
Not sure what a convergence is? A CSSC convergence is an event for students from across our golden state who are passionate about and work in the three branches of sustainability; economics, equity, and ecology. It is at time for students to share their projects, ideas, knowledge, and, inspiration with one another. Our biannual convergences provide the space for the future and current leaders of the sustainability movement to meet, unite, and organize!
What to expect from a CSSC Convergence:
- Inspiring keynote speakers from all around California and all walks of life
- Student-led workshops on topics spanning the 3 E’s of Sustainability (Ecology, Economy, Equity)
- Impromptu breakout sessions and caucuses
- Panels highlighting the intersectionality of causes and campaigns
- Plenty of free time to meet, greet, and coordinate
- Delicious sustainable vegetarian/vegan meals
- Nighttime entertainment
- Organized carpools and group housing
- An unforgettable experience
Fall Convergence 2013
The Fall 2013 Convergence happened on November 9th and 10th at Humboldt State University! Read about it here!
When can I attend?
Our next convergence will be taking place in April 2014. Announcements will begin to be posted for workshop proposals, registration, and scholarships in the early spring.
What kind of workshops can I expect?
All sorts of them! We strive for equal representation among the 3 E’s: Ecology, Economy, and Equity. Our convergences are grassroots-driven: our workshops are led by students and community members. Here are some examples of workshops that have been held in the past:
Body, Mind and Community – Bridging Sustainability and Consciousness
A World of Waste: Waste Diversion and Reduction in California and India.
GRID Alternatives: Solar for Social Justice
Using Cooperatives to Build a Solidarity Economy
Women & Design Matter
Impact Advocacy: Fair Trade on Campus
Ending Corporate Personhood & Creating Democracy in America
Integrating Mycology into the Landscape
Bicycle Learning Center
The Living Building Collaborative
Moon Cycles: Understanding Female Fertility
Anti-Oppression for Environmental Activists
Sea Level Rise: Vulnerability and Resiliency on the Global and Local levels
Intro to Fossil Fuel Divestment
Building Strength within the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
Sustaining forestry economies
California: A New Front in the Tar Sands Fight
Earth Tub Composting Demonstration
RePowering Humboldt with Renewable Energy
Connecting sustainability with everyday concerns
Public Banks – Viable Communities
Divesting from fossil fuel education through solar education
Organizing community awareness of hazards and risks in the local environment
Media and Activism
Increasing Inclusiveness & Building Bridges with Underrepresented Communities in the Environmental Movement
Welcome to CSSC 101
Transition Towns – Creating resilient communities
Earthen Plaster at CCAT
Become a DIVEST FILM FEST host
developing and maintaing urban gardens/eatable landscaping
Real Food Challenge – Change Your Campus Food System!
Debating Across Differences
A Stakeholder Approach to Resolving Disputes
Arcata Marsh Sanctuary Tour; sustainable wastewater treatment, and plants and animals of the marsh
GMOs Federal vs. Local Legislation