Spring 2024

Join CSUCI's Earth Month EcoChallenge Team

The Earth Month Ecochallenge, running from April 1st to April 30th, is a 30-day program focused on environmental and social engagement. During this month, you're invited to select actions that resonate with your values, committing to them for 30 days to foster and reinforce positive habits. Each action you complete earns points and generates real-world impact. Your efforts, combined with those of your team, contribute to a significant collective difference.

This year's theme, “Conserving Every Ecosystem, Caring for Every Creature,” highlights the intersection of conservation and behavior change. By focusing on daily actions and continuous learning, we aim to create a sustainable and just world, not just for humans but for all species and ecosystems we rely on.

Bee-Utify CI: Weed Pulling Party

  • When: Tuesday, April 9th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Where: Sierra Hall 2nd Floor Terrace

Help bee-utify campus and support local pollinators by pulling weeds with us in the picturesque pollinator garden at Sierra Hall. Coming together to hand pull weeds will help prevent the need for chemical treatment, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for native plants and local pollinators to thrive.

Farmers Market

  • When: Wednesday, April 17th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Where: Central Mall East

Stop by to get FREE produce and learn more about all the services and resources available to you through CSUCI's Basic Needs program. Bring your own reusable bag if you can!

Earth Day Gardening

  • When: Monday, April 22nd, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Where: Biology Garden behind Modoc Hall

Celebrate Earth Day in the beautiful Biology Garden at CSUCI, located behind Modoc Hall. Be surrounded by nature and support local pollinators by participating in weed pulling, spreading mulch, and filling garden beds. Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes & pants.  Gloves will be provided. Water and a hat and/or sunscreen are recommended.

Thrift Shop

  • When: Monday, April 22nd, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Where: Central Mall East

Have clothing, arts, or crafts you'd like to sell? Join CSUCI's Earth Month Thrift Shop to sell or buy gently used clothing and other hand-crafted items. For more information contact basicneeds@csuci.edu.

Sustainability Fair

  • When: Tuesday, April 23rd, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Where: Central Mall

Careers for the Common Good Fair

  • When: Wednesday, April 24th, 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Where: Broome Library Plaza

Get connected with meaningful employment and internship opportunities that serve our community's needs!

Rock Your Crocs

  • When: Thursday, April 25th, 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Where: Student Union Gameroom

Get some earth-themed jibbitz for your crocs!

Earth Day Harbor Clean-Up

  • When: Saturday, April 27th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Where: Channel Islands Boating Center (3880 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA)

Paddle your way to a cleaner environment with free kayaking clean-up tours around the Channel Islands Harbor! Open to everyone ages 8 and up. CIBC will provide all the gear you need, including trash bags, gloves, and paddling equipment. The first 10 participants to join will also receive a coupon for a FREE taco from Rubio's! 

Arbor Day Tree Planting

  • When: Tuesday, April 30th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Where: Courtyard between Sierra Hall and Madera Hall


Documentary Screening of Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet

  • When: Wednesday, March 13th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Where: Del Norte Hall 1500

Join Green Generation for a screening of "Breaking Boundaries: The science of our planet," a very interesting and insightful documentary about the concept of planetary boundaries and the current state of our planet in the midst of the climate crises. 

Atheist Club Beach Clean Up

  • When: Saturday, March 16th, 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Where: Point Mugu Beach. Meet at the Grand Salon at 11:30am to carpool!

The CSUCI Atheist Club is pleased to announce another Beach Clean Up. Join us on Saturday, March 16 from noon to 2 p.m. at Point Mugu to help clean up the coast!

Attendees can meet in front of the Grand Salon at 11:30 a.m. to carpool and caravan to the site. Trash bags, gloves, hand sanitizer, and bottled water will be supplied for everyone who wishes to help pick up trash from one of our local beaches.

The last time we did this event, we picked up over 25 pounds of trash with just four people. This time let's shoot for over 100!

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

For more information or if you have questions, contact the Atheist Club at campusatheistclub@gmail.com.

Rancho Sierra Vista Hike with Green Generation

  • When: Saturday, March 23rd, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Where: Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, 4803 Lynn Rd, Thousand Oaks

Join the Green Generation Club for a hike at Rancho Sierra Vista, a local national recreational area where we will embark on the Satwiwa loop trail, an easy 1.5 mile round trip hike. Come with us and see the dichotomy of this area that is sacred to the Chumash but also has a history of ranching and introduced grasses. Make sure you bring water, comfortable hiking shoes and appropriate clothes for the forecast that day.

All are welcome! The hike will be relatively easy, so young hikers ones should not have a difficult time.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

For more information contact Desi Tamayo at desi.tamayo843@myci.csuci.edu.

Earth Month 2023

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Goats and sheep on campus?! Using targeted grazing at CSUCI

  • When: Wednesday, April 5th -- 12:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Where: Starting in El Dorado Hall
  • Details: What are those adorable goats and sheep doing on campus?

Join us to learn from local experts about the many benefits of targeted grazing and how CSUCI is using goats and sheep to manage vegetation on campus. Enjoy light snacks and refreshments as we hear from Michael Goat and Sheep Event Banner Leicht, owner of Ventura Brush Goats and Matthew Shapero, the University of California Livestock & Range Advisor serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Following the presentation, we will all head out to the grazing area for a live goat/sheep herding demonstration.

Event registration is now closed.

Theater of the Oppressed Workshop by Bobby Gordon

  • When: Thursday, April 6th and April 13th -- 10:30am-11:45am
  • Where: Sierra Hall 1411
  • Details: Theater of the Oppressed is a type of participatory theatre that creates supportive environments where people from diverse backgrounds come together to experience, understand, analyze, and challenge unjust realities. Our focus will be on the intersectional nature of climate and environmental justice issues.

Spaces are limited! Please register at https://forms.gle/mmeJH8JPes1aqox39

How Nuclear Energy Fits into California’s Energy Portfolio by David Erne

  • When: Thursday, April 6th -- 12:00pm-1:50pm
  • Where: Bell Tower 2515

Farmers Market at CSUCI

When: Tuesday, April 11th -- 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Central Mall

Communicating the Climate Crisis: Carbon Almanac Project by Robert Gehorsam

  • When: Thursday, April 13th -- 10:30am-11:45am
  • Where: Sierra Hall 1411

Planting a Pollinator Garden

  • When: Thursday, April 13th -- 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Where: North Quad
  • Details: Join CI's Bee Club and the Native American Student Alliance to plant a new pollinator garden on campus in the North Quad. Plants and tools will be provided.

Public Transportation and Environmental Ethics Panel

  • When: Tuesday, April 18th -- 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Where: Broome 2325
  • Details: Join the Green Generation Club for a discussion with local experts about the impact of cars on our cities and how switching to electric personal vehicles is not a good enough solution for reducing emissions. The discussion will specifically focus on making a case for better public transportation in Ventura County.

Earth Day Bash

  • When: Wednesday, April 19th -- 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Where: Central Mall

Ocean Conservation and Climate Change by Anupa Asokan

  • When: Thursday, April 20th -- 12:00pm-1:15pm
  • Where: Bell Tower 2515

Thrift Shop

  • When: Thursday, April 20th -- 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Where: Central Mall

Pot Painting and Planting

  • When: Thursday, April 20th -- 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Where: Potrero Field

Ormond Beach Cleanup

  • When: Saturday, April 22nd -- 9:00am-12:00pmEarth Day Clean up Banner
  • Where: Ormond Beach -- Meeting at the end of Perkins Road in Oxnard. Here is a link to the location via Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/FVDcKJwNYLaZYqHg6
  • Details: Join the Coastal Keepers and Surfrider Foundation VC for the Earth Day Beach Cleanup at Ormond Beach! Cleanup supplies will be provided for all volunteers, including buckets, trash pickers, gloves, and sanitation/hydration stations. All volunteers must fill out a waiver for this location. Waivers will be provided on-site. Volunteers are encouraged to bring water, close-toed shoes, and sun protection.

Sustainable U: Practical Tips to Support Your Campus (and Personal) Sustainability Goals

  • When: Tuesday, April 25th -- 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Details: Earth Day may be in April, but in the CSU we practice sustainability every day. Even if sustainability isn't in your title, every role on campus impacts the university's environmental footprint. Join the Sustainability & Energy Director from CSU Channel Islands to learn practical sustainability tips for your work and home and to discuss key CSU policies and goals. Whether you are new to sustainability or you attended the original Earth Day in 1970, all are welcome to attend.

    Before attending the workshop, we invite you to measure your own ecological footprint at https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en .

20th Anniversary Tree Planting

  • When: Wednesday, April 26th -- 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Where: A3 Parking Lot
  • Details: To celebrate CI's 20th anniversary, we will be planting 20 trees in the A3 parking lot! Come on out to learn about the importance of trees on campus and help plant the 20 new additions. Shovels will be provided.

RSVP: https://csuci.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_el1xbbXGh6aJk10

Hold Corporations Accountable Workshop

  • When: Tuesday, April 26th -- 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Where: Bell Tower 1462
  • Details: This workshop will illuminate which companies have sustainable/environmentally friendly practices and which ones don't. With this information, you can better navigate which companies you want to support based on your values and commitments.

The Solar/Hope Punk Workshop by Nancy Woo & Fredo Gonzalez

  • When: Thursday, April 27th -- 12:00pm-1:50pm
  • Where: Sierra Hall 1211
  • Details: Solarpunk and Hopepunk are literary and artistic movements that create visions - in the form of rich fictional narratives and visual art pieces - meant to actualize a sustainable future in which solutions for our pressing environmental problems are integrated into frameworks that concurrently address social, racial and gender justice, by repositioning humans in nature and in community.

Earth Day 2021: Taking Action for People and the Planet

April 22nd 12:00-1:30pm


EVENT REGISTRATION: https://CSUTakingAction.Eventbrite.com

DETAILS: This solutions-oriented event will feature four youth leaders of the intersectional environmentalism and climate justice movement. The 1 – hour panel will be moderated by a CSU student (from SDSU) and will be followed by 30 minute, interactive breakout sessions led by the panelists and other CSU sustainability leaders.

Panelists & Moderator:

Kristy Drutman | Climate Activist & Digital Media Strategist, Brown Girl Green
Sage Lenier | Educator, Zero Waste USA
Kevin J. Patel | Founder & Executive Director, OneUpAction
Myroslava Fisun | Hub Coordinator, Bay Area Sunrise Movement

Moderated by Armando Sepulveda | CSU Student & Sustainability Officer for Cal State Student Association

30 minute Breakout session topics and leads:

1. Intersectional Environmentalist with an Emphasis on Environmental Racism (led by Kevin Patel)

2. Environmental Storytelling: Creative Brainstorming Session (led by Kristy Drutman)

3. Solutions-Focused Community Work for a Sustainable Future (led by Sage Lenier)

4. The Role of Youth in the Climate Movement: Why and How Every Young Person Should Engage in the Fight for Climate Justice (led by Myroslava Fisun)

5. Pushing Sustainability through University Policy & Student Government (led by Armando Sepulveda II)

6. CSU Divestment 101 (led by Lisa Swartz – Cal Poly student leader of the Divest the CSU organization)

7. How to advocate for a sustainability at the state and local level (led by Melissa Romero – CSULB alum and Legislative Affairs Manager at CA League of Conservation Voters)

8. Using Art to Avoid Burnout as a Climate Justice Activist (led by Katie Koscielak, Sustainability Officer at Humboldt State)

Register today at https://CSUTakingAction.Eventbrite.com

Earth Month EcoChallenge

April 1st-30th

You are invited to join the CSU Earth Month EcoChallenge to see how 30 days of action can add up to a lifetime of positive change for your campus community and the planet!
Help CI compete against the other CSU campuses for Clean River e-waste and pizza recycling bins, customized with our campus logo. Also, the top 20 participants across the system will win $25 gift cards for merchandise at the campus bookstore!
To get started, go to CI Eco-Challenge to join CI's team!
Next, look through the action categories and select actions you will take during Earth Month.
Finally, log in daily (or as often as you can) to log your actions and earn points for you and our team!

CI's Climate Action Forum: How Can You Influence Our Future?

CI's Climate Action Forum: How Can You Influence Our Future? March 25th 12:00-1:30pm

March 25th 12:00-1:30pm

CI’s first Climate Action Plan is in development, and we want to hear YOUR voice to build a plan that serves the entire campus community.

ALL Dolphins are called to participate in this interactive forum, which will provide background information about CI's climate action history, the planning process, and the opportunity for YOU to participate in discussions, contribute to the plan, and get answers to your questions.

We hope you can join us to imagine a sustainable, resilient, and regenerative future for CSU Channel Islands. To register, receive the forum event link and the calendar reminder.

list of events for sustainability month at CSUCI

October is Sustainability Month at CSUCI. This month's events include:

  • Campus Sustainability Tour on Instagram October 1st 10:30-11:30am
  • Climate Justice = Social Justice Keynote with Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali October 5th 12:00-1:00pm
  • Clean Air Day - Clean Air Tips Workshop October 7th 2:30-3:15pm
  • Climate Justice = Social Justice Youth Panel October 14th 12:00-1:00pm
  • Sustainability Trivia Night October 16th 6:00-8:00pm
  • Sustainability in the LiveLounge: Sustainability During COVID October 22nd 3:00-4:00pm
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