If you happened to be on campus on the weekend of April 26-28, you might have seen a flurry of students moving in and out of Wheeler, Dwinelle, and the surrounding areas wearing name tags made of nothing more than reused cardboard and yarn.
What you saw was the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) Spring 2013 Convergence, a convergence held each fall and spring that “unites, connects, supports and empowers students from across California to transform their educational institutions and communities into models of ecological, economic, and social sustainability.” UC Berkeley hosted the 2013 Spring CSSC Convergece, with support from the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), ECO, STeam, the Berkeley Student Food Collective, and TGIF. Over 300 students from 33 different universities, Cal-states, and community colleges attended the convergence, which held the theme of Invest, Inspire, Innovate.
The 3-day event featured workshops, interdisciplinary panels, keynote speakers, food, and entertainment. Workshops were presented by students and fell into one of the 3 themes, with topics like “Fracking in California 101,” “Aquaponics – Fish and Food,” “Rethinking Reuse – Targeting Zero Waste,” “Biodiesel! Fuel from the Countertop,” and “Indoor Gardens.” The featured keynote speakers were Crystal Lameman, an activist for the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation; Hunter Lovins, a renowned environmental sustainability promoter; and Garth Lenz, an internationally published photojournalist of environmental and social injustice issues. The panels featured professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including Berkeley professors Laura Nader and Tarek Zohdi, civil-rights lawyer Paul Hoffman, co-founder of 350.org Jamie Henn, and co-founder of CoFed and the BSFC Yoni Landau.