Environmental Programs

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"Everyone lives downstream from someone else."


The goal of UCSC's Environmental Programs is to provide the University (main and satellite campuses) with accurate and relevant information and sage advice on environmental compliance issues that will assist the University in making informed operational and planning business decisions. The Environmental Programs Manager at 459-4840, is the campus contact person for all environmental regulatory issues.


"In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."

Baba Dioum

UCSC Environmental Programs oversees more than 90 environmental regulatory permits from seven regulatory agencies, covering activities at the Santa Cruz main campus, Long Marine Laboratories and the Lick Observatory at Mt. Hamilton.

Permits cover environmental issues such as air emissions, hazardous materials storage, hazardous waste management, storm water discharge from construction and industrial activities, and wastewater discharge.

The Environment Programs Manager is the University liaison with all environmental regulatory agencies. For more information about campus permits, permit applications or environmental regulations, contact EH&S at 459-2553. 

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Monitoring Programs

"Conservation is sometimes perceived as stopping everything cold, as holding whooping cranes in higher esteem than people. It is up to science to spread the understanding that the choice is not between wild places or people, it is between a rich or an impoverished existence for man."  

Thomas E. Lovejoy

Environmental Programs oversees various environmental monitoring programs. Routine monitoring activities include spring and stream flow assessment for the campus and surrounding area, storm water quality monitoring, waste water analysis and air emissions assessments. 

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"A person is rich in proportion to the number of things they can leave alone." Henry David Thoreau

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Coastal Watershed Council

Surfrider Foundation

Save Our Shores

Ecology Action

Santa Cruz County Water Quality Reports



Other Environmental Links

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) Home Page

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Home Page

EnviroLink Network

National Library for the Environment

Environmental Organization Directory