Monday, September 1, 2014

UC Botanical Garden's Fall Plant Sale-Sept. 28th

The UC Botanical Garden's Fall Plant Sale is coming up on Sunday, September 28. In the past, college students have volunteered to help with this event in exchange for community service hours or just for fun.

Join the UC Botanical Garden’s staff and volunteers at this fun community driven event! This is perfect for plant enthusiasts and those that want to lend a helping hand at a worthwhile organization.

Volunteers shifts are as follows:

Sunday, September 28: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday, September 28: 11:30 – 3:00 pm

Interested students can contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or 510-643-7265.

San Francisco Beautiful Volunteer Opportunity

SFB is currently looking for volunteers to help us conduct a site survey of UN Plaza during our activation project. Volunteers are being asked to participate for as little as 2-3 hours on either one or more days depending on availability.

Upcoming events/available shifts:
  • August 30th - Come Out and Play Kids Classes, Noon to 1:30pm (1 volunteer needed)
  • September 5th - Acoustic Musicians Series, Noon to 2 pm (1 volunteer needed)
  • September 6th - Vaudeville/Circus Family Festival, Noon to 2 pm (4 volunteers needed); 2pm to 4 pm (4 volunteers needed)
  • September 13th - Acoustic Musicians Series, Noon to 1:30pm (1 volunteer needed)
  • September 19th - Art Institute of San Francisco Neighborhood Dance Party, Sundown (3 volunteers needed)
  • September 27th - Come Out and Play Kids Classes, 11:30am to 1pm (1 volunteer needed)
Further information on events can be found at on our calendar events page.

Arch 242 – Colloquium: Design for Sustainability Fall ‘14

Friday, 1-2:00, Rm 112 Wurster, 1-2 units

Prof. Gail Brager
Credit earned with required attendance, reading and one final project (1 unit), and additional writing assignments (2 units). Everyone is welcome to attend the lectures without enrolling

Aug 29
Gail Brager
Professor and Associate Director,
Center for the Built Environment
Design for sustainability: an introduction
Sept 5
Lynn SimonSenior Vice-President, Thornton Tomasetti
Sustainability: The intersection of collaboration, performance, and well-being
Sept 12

Lisa MatthiessenPrincipal, Integral Group

Costs and benefits of net zero design
Sept 19
David Johnson
Director of West Coast Studio, McDonough and Partners
Design for abundance: architecture & urban design as a regenerative force
Sept 26
Elizabeth Baca
Senior Health Advisor, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Building healthy communities: innovative planning for health and sustainability
Oct 3
Tom McKeag
Editor, Zygote Quarterly Magazine
Surfing for free: Can nature-inspired design innovations in our buildings reduce the impact of climate change?
Oct 10
Jeff Oberdorfer
Executive Director, First Community Housing
Affordable housing: developing LEED Platinum (and beyond)
Oct 17

Ted van der LindenDirector of Sustainability, DPR Construction

Getting to net zero: strategies & implementation
Oct 24

No Class - Greenbuild

Oct 31

Sandy Mendler
Principal, Mithun | Solomon

Regenerative urbanism: leveraging urban nature for health and prosperity
Nov 7

Kristin Miller
Executive Director, Ecocity Builders

 Where communities locate themselves — ecological design and citizen participation
Nov 14

Suzanne NapierVice-President, SmithGroupJJR

Integrated design: processes, trends and solutions
Nov 21
Heather Cooley
Director, Water Program, Pacific Institute
The untapped potential of California’s water supply
Dec 5
Poster Exhibition

Spring 2015 UCDC Program

An Application form for the Spring 2015 UCDC Program is now available online, at:

Each Fall and Spring, the UCDC Program sends undergraduates to Washington, D.C., to complete academic research projects of their own design, and to participate in internships related to their research. The Program is open to juniors and seniors in any major, and graduating seniors may participate during their final semester at UCB (but not after they actually graduate).

To apply, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have junior or senior standing in the semester you plan to attend. Internships are available in a wide variety of DC-based government agencies, nonprofit organizations, policy think-tanks, media outlets, and businesses. Students live in the UC Washington Center at Scott Circle and UCB financial aid is transferrable to DC. Students earn a full semester of UCB academic credit.

Applications for the Spring 2015 UCDC Program are due Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 4 P.M.

More details about the program can be obtained by e-mailing, by visiting M24 Wheeler Hall, or by calling 510/642-9102.

Internship at SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco

 Schedule: Mondays and Tuesdays
 Location: SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
 Duration: 3+ months
 Reports to: Research and Volunteer Coordinator

This role merges reception, membership services, exhibition guide and event support. As SPUR's friendly face, the Ambassador will be in constant contact with visitors, policy staff, forum guests and our board members. This position will have the responsibility of managing email, letters and other correspondence that we receive. The Ambassador will provide information about our exhibitions and help to make sure that their contents remain safe. In addition, we will look for the Ambassador to attract new members to our organization.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Briana Bixby & Zoe Hatziantoniou, Research and Volunteer Coordinators, with the position title in the subject line, to