Neil McRoberts, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, will present the webinar “Sustainability: Linking Theory to Practice” from 10 a.m. to noon on May 31.
McRoberts will discuss
- Using formal models for strategic planning of extension and outreach efforts
- Cross-linking of interdisciplinary scientists
- Sustainability theory Web resources
Online registration for the free webinar is required at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10668.
On June 13, Ermias Kebreab, professor in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis and Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture, will discuss "Environmental Sustainability of Animal Agriculture." The Kebreab webinar will also run from 10 a.m. to noon.
Kebreab will discuss
- Sustainability as a “wicked problem”
- Water quality and livestock production
- Mitigation of air emissions from livestock operation
Register for Kebreab’s free webinar at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=10669.
The webinar series is sponsored by the UC ANR Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, UC ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, and Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.
Tom Tomich, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and director ASI and SAREP, kicked off the series with sustainability science. If you missed Tomich’s webinar, a recording can be viewed at http://asi.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/blog/preview-video-for-the-upcoming-webinar-is-there-a-sustainability-science.
Section 350 of the ANR Administrative Handbook, “Appeals,” has been updated and re-titled. Now identified as “Grievances and Appeals,” the revision describes how the UC Academic Personnel Manual (APM) Section 140, “Non-Senate Academic Appointees/Grievances” (http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel/_files/apm/apm-140.pdf) is implemented in the ANR environment.
This update does not change ANR’s existing policy and practice. Rather, the update clarifies and expands upon the process steps associated with academic grievances and appeals in ANR. The revised Section is available here ANR Administrative Handbook.
Questions regarding Section 350 may be directed to Kim Rodrigues, executive director of Academic Personnel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 754-8509.
Comments sought on ANR tobacco-free policy
On Jan. 1, 2014, the use of cigarettes and all tobacco products will no longer be permitted on UC campuses and at properties owned or occupied by ANR. Employees are invited to comment on this policy until June 17.
UC President Mark Yudof charged all UC campuses to go smoke and tobacco-free by January 2014 to save lives and improve the health of our community. As a leader in environmental research, policy, practice and education, ANR has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership in reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure for our students, faculty, staff, visitors and volunteers. This policy is about creating healthy environments for the thousands who learn, work, live and spend time in California. Cigarette butts are responsible for over a third of California’s litter.
This affects everyone on ANR property, including students, faculty, staff and visitors.
The policy covers the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes.
Tobacco use will be prohibited everywhere on UC campuses and at properties owned or occupied by ANR. There will be no designated smoking areas. Tobacco users are asked to be respectful of our neighbors and not congregate or litter on their property.
Enforcement will initially be educational. All students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to abide by current policies.
All tobacco users who want to quit are encouraged to call the free California Smokers Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS.
The Master Gardener Program is offering to fund county-based program representatives for two years starting July 1.
Maximum funding will provide UC-paid salary and benefits for a Program Representative II full time for two years starting July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2015. Multiple positions are available. Proposals will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the UC Statewide Master Gardener Steering Committee based on the criteria outlined at https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9960. Recommendations will be submitted to ANR Senior Leadership for funding decisions.
To apply for funds, please submit your proposal on-line at: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9960
A letter of support from the county director is required. Please upload the letter at the end of the survey or fax/email it to Pam Geisel, director of the statewide Master Gardener Program, at email@example.com
The deadline to apply is March 22, 2013. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions by email by April 30, 2013.
Urban agriculture* is gaining in popularity around California and the nation. Recently, ANR funded a project through its competitive grants program to conduct a needs assessment and develop resources for UCCE advisors and staff, urban agriculture practitioners and policymakers. Part of the needs assessment is learning about how ANR academic and program staff members are engaging with urban agriculture, and what resources would be helpful to them in assisting this clientele group.
As a member of the ANR community, please help us out by participating in a short survey at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9435. Our team hopes to gather input from CE specialists and advisors, AES faculty, program representatives, and other staff members in all program areas. If you are not sure if your community is considered “urban,” please go ahead and respond anyway. The survey closes March 15.
Our team includes Co-PI’s Aziz Baameur (UCCE Santa Clara County), Gail Feenstra (UC Davis ASI/SAREP), Shermain Hardesty (UC Small Farm Program), and Cheryl Wilen (UCCE San Diego County/UC IPM) and advisory committee members Susan Algert (UCCE Santa Clara County), Ryan Galt (UC Davis Dept. of Human and Community Services), Christy Getz (UC Berkeley Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management), Carol Goldstein (UCLA Dept. of Urban Planning), Claire Napawan (UC Davis Dept. of Environmental Design), Andrew Sutherland (UCCE Alameda County/UC IPM), and Eli Zigas (SPUR-San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association).
Thank you in advance for your help!
Rachel Surls, Project PI
Sustainable Food Systems Advisor
UCCE Los Angeles County
* “Urban agriculture includes production (beyond that which is strictly for home consumption or educational purposes), distribution and marketing of food and other products within the cores of metropolitan areas and at their edges. Examples include community, school, backyard, and rooftop gardens with a purpose extending beyond home consumption and education, urban market gardens, innovative food-production methods that maximize production in a small area, community supported agriculture based in urban areas, and family farms located in metropolitan greenbelts.” (Adapted from the American Planning Association, 2011).