Opportunity Green cruises up the coast for the 8TH ANNUAL UC, CSU, CCC SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE

Posted on 24. Jun, 2009 by in Business & Policy, Clean Tech, Design & Culture, Entrepreneurship, Services

The surf was up at UC Santa Barbara as Opportunity Green cruised into the beach city to attend the 8th Annual UC, CSU, CCC Sustainability Conference this past Monday and Tuesday. The conference featured work that students, staff, administrators, and faculty have done campus-wide in the area of sustainability.  Lectures and workshops addressed every issue from energy efficiency and green building, to waste reduction and recycling, the procurement of sustainable food systems, sustainable strategies within the transportation realm, and social equity practices in labor and housing.

Companies represented at the conference included Zipcar, Canon, and Waxie Sanitary Supply.  ZipCar enables users around a metropolitan area to use thousands of cars around their area, with gas and insurance included for small amounts of time.  By using RFID techonology drivers are able to unlock a ZipCar that knows the user has a reservation.  We can’t wait for them to arrive at UCLA!

 Conference organizers demonstrated their own sustainable solutions throughout the hosting of the event.  A Rideshare program was organized to promote and facilitate carpooling to Santa Barbara, recycled content was put to use as much as possible, and all trashcans were blocked off with the posting, “Are you sure it’s trash?  Nothing given out at this event is trash.” Essentially, everything from the program of events, to the bio-plastic dishware, was either compostable, reusable, or recyclable.  

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Opportunity Green Social Media & Marketing intern, Rosemary Squires, who just finished her first year in the Regenerative Studies master’s program at Cal Poly Pomona, presented a project she helped lead, design and implement on her campus under the Food Systems Track on the final day of the conference.  The program, Garden to Table, was developed to connect and educate home gardeners from the campus community and beyond about organic gardening and innovative and regenerative cooking and food preservation practices.

Perhaps the most inspirational speeches came from the students who represented each of the higher-education systems throughout the state.  Their stories of perseverance, passion, and vision in their quest for making changes in environmental issues on campus spurred the loudest applause, and even a standing ovation.

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