ANTHR 19G Surviving the Future: The (Re)Emergence of Sustainable Cultures
Examines tools and ideas for creating sustainable lifestyles, businesses, communities and cultures, and innovative sustainability solutions that are transforming the way the world works.

Section #69744; 1.00 unit; instructor: M.Merrill; rm432

Meets Mondays 6:00PM-8:35PM only on the following dates: 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, and 4/25

Students will be choosing a topic team and a book group during the first class meeting.  The books for this year are Cradle to CradleGaviotasOriginal InstructionsPlan B 4.0The Real Wealth of Nations and Thinking in Systems.

It’s Earth Week at Cabrillo, April 19-23!

Join us in celebrating our planet and our lovely campus home.
We are launching the ‘GreenSteps’ campaign to help make sure that Cabrillo is here for the benefit of our great great grandchildren.
Visit your friends from class and other engaged students at the Sustainability Council table in the main Quad.

Check out our new website!
Enter the “Guess Cabrillo’s Energy Bill” Contest to Win Great Prizes:

  • $50 EcoGoods Gift Certificates
  • $25 New Leaf Gift Certificate
  • $25 Whole Foods Gift Certificate
  • Organic Cotton EcoGoods Tote Bags
  • & Dozens More Prizes to be Raffled & Awarded on Earth Day!

Find out about the Earth Week events campus groups are holding this week.
Take the “GreenSteps’ Pledge & Enter Cabrillo Contests

Here’s a brief summary of what the Energy Academy is all about:

Who: Cabrillo College students at the start of their college careers or high school seniors who will be attending Cabrillo College in the Fall. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.

What: An intensive month-long laboratory experience involving the principles of electricity, sustainability, solar energy,  and a community service project.

Where: Cabrillo College, Aptos Campus

When: July 26th through August 20th, 4 hours a day — 8:30 a.m.-12:30p.m.

Selection criteria: Student commitment is very important.  We are seeking to interest students in a science or math major who are not already decided on that direction, but who are interested in the topic of sustainable energy.

Benefits: Fun projects, important current topics, students get to experience some of the satisfactions in a science-based career, enthusiastic and talented staff, transfer counselors available, each student selected for the program will receive a $1000 stipend.

Deadline: all applications must be postmarked or received by email or fax by May 24nd.


If you think that you (or a friend) can benefit from participating in this program, please contact Luis Sonsino. Applications are also available soon on the program website, which is <>

Students, staff, faculty and community members are all welcome to participate in the Cabrillo Climate Initiative Task Force.  If you can, please attend the next meeting of the CITF.
Start Date/Time:   Thursday March 25, 2010 11:00 AM
Timezone:   Pacific Time
Subject/Purpose:  Let’s Meet Thursday at 11am in Rm. 226
Format:  face-to-face
Duration:  approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Location:  ROOM 226 Student Activities Center (SAC) East
A message from the organizer (Judy Cassada):
The Green Steps campaign meeting has been set for Thursday, March 25th in Rm. 226.  Please join us!  Thanks and see you soon.

The 4th Annual Cabrillo College Social Justice Conference: Imagining Change/Shaping the Future is April 30th (6-9pm, Watsonville Ctr) and May 1st (8:30am-4pm, Aptos Campus).  See for more info.

Student speakers are invited to submit proposals at by March 31st.  I will be helping to organize a session on environmental justice topics – please consider presenting there (perhaps just a redux of your topic presentation for the class).  Contact me for more info.

Ryan Kaplan, one of the real student leaders promoting sustainability at Cabrillo College, has given us permission to post a research paper he wrote for his Spring 2010 English 2 class (Elissa Wagner’s section on Environmental Ethics).  It discusses the potential of a Sustainability Office on campus at Cabrillo College, including background on Cabrillo sustainability efforts to date.  An excellent presentation of details and a very convincing case for the benefits of this approach.

Find the file on the Cabrillo College Sustainability Alliance – WiserEarth site at

Let’s have a potluck in class March 15th.  There are about 40 of us (but if almost all of us bring enough of something to share with 5 or more people, there should be plenty of stuff to go around).  Please bring your own reusable plate, cup, napkin and utensils.