Measure 43 Opportunities
Measure 43 Speaker Funding Available for 2013—Spring Quarter Deadline is April 20, 2013
UCSC undergraduate students are invited to apply for Measure 43 funds to support visiting speakers whose topic is related to food, health and wellness, and who will engage UCSC students. The application deadline is April 20, 2013 for Spring Quarter awards. Your request(s) will be reviewed promptly and awarded applicants will be notified one week following each quarter's application deadline.
For details and the application form, click here.
Measure 43 Education & Research Funding Available for 2012—Fall Quarter Deadline is December 15, 2012
UCSC undergraduate students are invited to apply for Measure 43 funds to support education and research projects whose topic is related to food, health and wellness, and who will engage UCSC students. The application deadline is December 15, 2012. Awarded applicants will be notified the week of January 14, 2013.
For details and the application form, click here.
About Measure 43
In the spring of 2010, UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students voted to institute a new student fee to fund Measure 43, the Sustainable Food, Health and Wellness Initiative. The measure passed with a 69% majority in an election that saw more than 42% of undergraduate students turn out to vote, setting a new campus record for voter turnout!
The fee generates more than $100,000 a year, administered by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in conjunction with student and faculty representatives. Read a UCSC press release about the programs, grants and activities supported by Measure 43 during its first year.
Fees support a variety of activities (see How Will Measure 43 Funds Be Used?, below, and Upcoming Events), including this year's Research and Education Grants.'
2012 Measure 43 Research and Education Grant Funds Awarded
Program in Community and Agroecology Chancellor's Undergraduate Intern Position: $5,000
PICA’s unique living situation offers students a truly experiential learning experience. By living in a community that gardens together, prepares meals together, and promotes a generally healthy lifestyle PICA’s efforts aligns with Measure 43’s goals towards sustainable food, health, and wellness.
College 8 Garden Expansion/Coordinator: $4,400
The College 8 Garden is seeking to expand as well as hire an experienced student garden coordinator. In an effort to support this expansion and gardening on campus the Student Environmental Center has been awarded a grant towards this project.
ESLP Dinners/Speakers: $600
The Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) provides dedicated students with the opportunity to facilitate 2 or 5 unit classes around a chosen topic relating to sustainability. This program offers a unique opportunity for students to learn from their peers and engage in projects aimed at bettering campus life in general.The Measure 43 committee has awarded the ESLP program a grant to support their Spring speaker series and organic dinner forums.
CAN Scholarships for Food and Justice Spring Break Field Study to the Yucatan: $5,000
This year the Friends of the Community Agroecology Network has been awarded a grant to support 9 students' spring break field study on Central American coffee production farms. This program provides a direct connections between coffee growers and drinkers at UCSC. The students intend to return and prepare a short report and outreach activity detailing their experiences and lessons for our campus community.
UCSC Demeter Seed Library: $2,100
In the Fall of 2011 the UCSC Demeter Seed Library was founded in an effort to preserve biodiversity and organic seed stock of the Central Coast’s food system. The Library offers free seeds to the public and campus gardens, master gardeners, and small farmers, who are continuing to do "grow outs" of the collection. In 2011 the project was funded by a series of grants from the Strauss Foundation and the Awesome Food Foundation. The Library is now trying to become more institutionally anchored and has been awarded a grant to fund next year's expenditures and student leadership support.
Dining's UCSC Farm Fridays: $1,600
Every Friday UCSC Dining hopes to offer one dish at a chosen dining hall that is sourced almost completely from the UCSC farm and partnering regional food and farming producers through ALBA Organics. This is being done to both raise awareness about healthy, sustainable food and our region’s farmers. The Measure 43 committee sees a clear relation to sustainable food, health, and wellness in this program and has allotted a grant to support Farm Fridays.
Green Chef Competition: $1,600
The Green Chef Competition is a fun and educational UCSC twist on the Iron Chef TV show. The event was a resounding success last year and the Students for Organic Solutions are seeking to put the event on again. This event effectively raises awareness about issues pertaining to sustainable food, health, and wellness in a playful spirit that the Measure 43 committee highly values. As a result it awarded the Student Environmental Center a grant to support the event.
Kresge's World Café Team: $1,000
The World Cafe’ seeks to create a safe space for students to hold conversations pertaining to a number of issues relating to health, politics, food, energy, and a myriad of other issues. Measure 43 awarded funding to support this student and staff partnership model’s winter 2012 food and justice based World Café.
2011 Measure 43 Research and Education Grant Funds Awarded
Family Student Housing Garden Project: $2,815
Student Environmental Media Project – Gaia Magazine: $1,000
Kresge Natural Food Cooperative Project: $925
Stevenson College Garden Project: $1,000
Calabasas School Garden Project: $2,275
Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) Chancellor’s Undergraduate Intern Position: $5,000
College 8 Garden Coordinator: $2,000
Water Bottle Conservation Project – "Take Back the Tap”: $4,570
Education for Sustainable Living Project (ESLP) Food and Education Project: $1,000
UCSC Gardens Display Project: $2,200
Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics Project: $1,000
How Will Measure 43 Funds Be Used?
Measure 43 will ensure that all undergraduate students have access to education and programs that enhance their understanding of the food system and their food choices, and that increase opportunities for classes, workshops, “learning journeys,” hands-on gardening experiences, and other campus activities.
Here are some examples of the types of activities supported by Measure 43 funds –
- Student research grants and program development on issues of nutrition, health, sustainable food systems, and garden- and farm-based learning at UCSC.
- Forums on campus featuring professionals, scholars, and youth leaders working towards a more just and sustainable food system
- Student-centered, hands-on learning on campus farm and gardens, at CASFS, and in partnership with other campus-based classes and programs such as the Program in Community & Agroecology (PICA). See the 2012-2013 Campus Food and Garden Guide for details.
- The annual Fall Harvest Festival (September 30, 2012) and Strawberries & Social Justice Event (Spring 2013), held at the UCSC Farm, and the Sustainable Food Interactive tent that takes place at the OPERS Fall Festival (September 25, 2012)
- Support for Registered Student Organizations to sponsor special events and activities related to the food system.
- Support and scholarships for field trips, classes, and student activities through the Food System Learning Journey programs, featuring experiential and hands-on learning in partnership with the OPERS Recreation Department (see the OPERS Recreation, Intramural and Sports Guide)
- Low-cost entry to gardening workshops sponsored by CASFS and the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden (see Upcoming Events).
- The annual Alternative Food and Justice spring break trip
- Service learning opportunities in our community
- Food system-based classes
- The annual Campus Food and Garden Guide, which serves as a resource and educational tool for the student population at UCSC, on and off campus, and lists details of the various campus gardens and how students can get involved in gardening through volunteering, internships and classes.
How Can You Get Involved?
As a UCSC undergraduate, there are a variety of ways to get involved in activities funded by Measure 43.
In Fall 2012 a call for proposals was launched with criteria for students and registered student organizations to apply for resources to support research, education, and outreach initiatives for the 2012 academic year. The deadline to apply was December 15, 2012. See above for grants that were awarded for both the 2011-2012 and 2010-11 academic years.
In addition, existing internship and program efforts noted in the measure will continue to provide exciting opportunities and pathways for you to grow and be engaged!
Noted events and programs sponsored by Measure 43 in 2011-2012 will be announced on the Measure 43 Upcoming Events page and on the CASFS calendar. In addition, the annual spring report of expenditures will be available for review here.
For more information please contact Tim Galarneau at email@example.com or 459-3248