Welcome to Rachel Carson College, UCSC's Environmental College

Since its creation in 1972, Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) has been a crucial component of the university's world renowned Environmental, Ecological and Sustainability programs and initiatives. Our graduates include some of the nation's top environmental professionals and practitioners.

With green issues assuming growing importance to our world, Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) has embarked upon an ambitious curricular initiative to nurture student talents, skills and knowledge. The curriculum involves both the College Core Course on "California Environment, History and Society" and a minor in Sustainability Studies, open to all UCSC students.

You can read more about these programs and initiatives on our "Green Future" page. Other tabs on the left of this page will take you to pages with details about the Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight)'s programs and plans. If you are excited and intrigued by our vision, there is nothing we’d like more than to welcome you to join us in nurturing exceptional students and building a green future. We are interested in new ideas, professionals who would like to mentor our students or offer them opportunities, and funds to sustain and build on one of the most innovative programs in undergraduate green education. Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) is also seeking out and building partnerships with green innovators and entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay region and Silicon Valley. We are always open to new ideas, co-curricular partners, and volunteers. If you would like to work with us, or have questions about our programs, please contact the College Provost (rlipsch@ucsc.edu).