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! http://www.CabrilloGreenSteps.org
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

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 socialjusticecabrillo.org for more info.

Student speakers are invited to submit proposals at socialjusticecabrillo.org 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 http://www.wiserearth.org/file/view/003aeb1269a015af163dea9b02c887c3

I’m delighted to be able to offer this class again in Spring 2010 (managed to get at least one unit this year, despite the budget cuts at Cabrillo). Join us as we explore tools and ideas for creating sustainable lifestyles, businesses, communities and cultures.  Together, we move beyond doom-and-gloom to learn and create sustainability solutions that will transform the way the world works. In this fun, cooperative class, you will join a topic team and a book group that suits your interests.

Meets 6 Monday Evenings, 6:00PM-8:35PM (2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5)

Register at Cabrillo College: Section # 66527, 1 Unit, Instructor:  Michelle Merrill,  Room 431

New books for this year:  Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future (ed. by Melissa K. Nelson)  and Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows, plus Blessed Unrest, Cradle to Cradle, Deep Economy, The Real Wealth of Nations and WorldChanging.

I plan to shift the emphasis of the class to focus more on the topics and less on writing book responses, so look for those assignments to change for February 2010.

Interested?  Have more questions? Contact Me