Wednesday, November 25, 2009

UC Privatization and UC Davis West Village Project

Privatization. Last Thursday, the University of California Regents approved a 32% increase in undergraduate fees beginning next fall. This fee increase, combined with program cuts, lay-offs, high administrative salaries and a growing number of administrative positions, has led to growing unrest amongst those concerned about public education in California, the U.S., and the world. From the UC Davis School of Education, Dr. Karen Watson-Gegeo and graduate student Marguerite Wilson discuss what these changes mean for the UC system and for California as a whole. For updates on UC activism, check out this site.

West Village.
Sid England, the assistant vice chancellor for environmental stewardship and planning within the office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at UC Davis, come on to talk about the West Village development. West Village is a 205 acre developed planned to house 4,350 people including faculty, staff and students. This mixed-use development will be incorporating sustainable environmental design in order to create a zero-net energy and low impact community. To find out more about this project, you can check out the West Village website.
Image courtesy the
UC Davis West Village website.

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Music Playlist:
"Oh! Chicago" by The Yayhoos (Down To The Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records on Bloodshot)
"Zulema Waltz" by Santiago Jimenez, Jr. (Roots Music: An American Journey on Rounder)
"Love in Vain" by Robert Johnson (Martin Scorcese Presents the Blues: Robert Johnson on Columbia Europe)
"Hey Liza Jane" by Otis Taylor (Recapturing the Banjo on Telarc)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Davis Integrated Pest Mangagment and Coal Ash

Martin Guerena is the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialist for the City of Davis. Martin discusses how Davis is using IPM practices to reduce the application of harmful pesticides in and around Davis. To learn more about the IPM practices happening in Davis, check out the City of Davis website for IPM. To contact Martin, you can email him at mguerena (at) cityofdavis (dot) org . The city of Davis daily pesticide hotline number is 530-757-5261.

Jeff Ruch
, Executive Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) explains coal ash and its possible risks. Citing a lack of scientific studies of coal ash's safety, PEER worries that recent attempts by the EPA to help move this coal waste product into "the stream of commerce" will cause harm. Check out "Coal Ash from U.S. Blamed for Dominican Towns Birth Defects" for a related news story.

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Music Playlist:
"Delgadina" by Mercedez Lopez (American Roots Collection on Smithsonian Folkways)
"Woke Up This Morning" by Abner Jay (One Man Band on Subliminal Sounds)
"Wasteland of the Free" by Iris Dement (The Way I Should on Warner Brothers)

Green Bag Lunch - Tuesday, Nov. 24 - 12:30-1:30pm in the MU Fielder Room at UC Davis
Get together with other campus folks who are concerned about campus resource use, general environmental stewardship and sustainability related issues, and learn from others about what is going on at UC Davis when it comes to these issues. Light refreshments included...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Real Food in Irvine & the CA House's Social Justice Work

Hai Vo, a recent graduate from UC Irvine, co-founded UCI's Real Food Challenge and won a 2009 Brower Youth Award. He spoke with Natalie about promoting sustainable food systems on his campus, about food and privilege in Orange County, and about appreciating the good and the bad in individual movements. To contact Hai, you can email him at haiv at alumni dot uci dot edu.

Back in spring of 2009, Rev. Kristin Stoneking, director of the Cal Aggie Christian Association in Davis, CA, spoke with Dani about CA House's history of social justice work in the community of Davis and the Yolo County region. To learn more about the CA House and the Multifaith Living Community, you can visit the CA House website.

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- National Wildlife Federation's "Chill Out" video competition for individuals or groups working to combat global warming or otherwise advance sustainability. Deadline: Dec. 31. For more info, click here.
- Seminar: Managing Knowledge Networks for a New Era of Cooperative Extension and Sustainable Food Systems - Monday, Nov. 16th 12:10-1:00pm in Hunt Hall Room 166 at the UC Davis Campus
- UC Davis sustainability class open for Winter 2010 (Tues/Thurs 10-11:50). ECI 123 "Urban Systems & Sustainability" isn't just for engineers -- it's open to students from all departments. CRN: 63651.

Music Playlist:
"In Dat Great Gettin' Up Mornin'" by Minnesota Metropolitan Male Chorus (African American Music in Minnesota on Minnesota Historical Society Press)
"Family Farm" by Chris Dorman (To Begin Again on Earthwork)
"Bosco Stomp" by Allie Young, Bessyl Duhon, and Rodney Balfa (American Roots Collection on Smithsonian Folkways)
"Devil's in Boston" by Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers (Songs in the Night on Ramseur)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mountaintop Removal vs. Wind Farming and Child Labor in the US

Children in the Fields. Brandon Louie, California Regional Coordinator for the Children in the Fields projects, part of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, talked about the reality of child labor in the US agriculture industry. To see the video of the movie clip played for the intro of Brandon's interview, check out this website.

Brandon Louie can be contacted at

The future of a mountain. Lorelei Scarbro, community organizer for Coal River Mountain Watch and the Coal River Wind Project explains how wind farming could change the future of some Appalachian communities and how recent mountaintop removal on Coal River Mountain affects that plan. For more about mountaintop removal, visit To learn about how the coal debate affects Appalachian communities, check out our Sept 29th interview with Mari-Lynn Evans and this audio compilation. (Note: This audio piece includes segments of other works -- cited but used without official permission. It is strictly for education.)

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Weds. Nov 4th, 7:30pm @ Bike Forth (1221 1/2 4th St in Davis): "Contagious Love Experiment," a conversation with two Iraq veterans on a tour of peace.

Music Playlist:
"Chez Seychelles" by Beau Soleil (from Roots Music: An American Journey on Rounder)
"They'll Never Keep Us Down" by Hazel Dickens (from Harlan County U.S.A.: Songs of the Coal Miner's Struggle on Rounder)
"Tu Y Las Nubes" by Jose Alfredo Jimenez (from Tesoros de Coleccion on Sony Discos)
"Down by the Riverside" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (from Complete Recorded Works 1938-1944 on Document)