The First Annual Sustainable California Student Video Competition
We are pleased to announce the winners of the First Annual Sustainable California Student Video Competition. There were a variety of sustainability concepts proposed in this UC-wide competition, from personal actions to technical solutions, and using a variety of styles and approaches, students shared their visions of solutions to issues of sustainability facing California and the world.

Date: 4/27/2018
First Place Undergraduate - "Ballad of Arid Springs". By Justin Gonzalez, History and Art major, UC Merced, with Nicholas Rodriguez, Adam Collins-Morales, Orion Lenz, Caroline B Hernandez, and Branden Thanabouth. In this western short, water conservation takes a violent turn as a town is torn apart by Willie the Water Waster. The former mayor meets a lone wanderer, Water Buffalo Bill, who introduces her to drip irrigation. Will Willie meet his match in a duel?

Date: 4/27/2018
Second Place Undergraduate -"What If Someday We Ran Out of Water". By Esteban Martinez, Economics major, UC Merced, with Samantha Young. For many people in California, having no running water is a reality that affects every aspect of their home life. In this short public service announcement, UC Merced students visualize what life would be like without water to drink and to clean with. Conserve water or someday it might be too late.

Date: 4/27/2018
Third Place Undergraduate - "Water Conservation: It Starts With a Conversation". By Alyssa Valdez, with Lorena Salamanca, Desiree Morales, Christain Laspada, Allajah young, Alma Bogarin, Nicole Ferriera, and Joaquin FH. Learn fun facts about how you can take personal actions to reduce the amount of water you use. UC Merced students also show how you can talk about the important issue of water conservation with your friends, housemates, and colleagues.

Date: 4/27/2018
First Place Graduate - "Drones for Sustainability". By Chippie Kislik, with Christine Wilkinson, Kelly Easterday, Maggi Kelly, Andy Lyons, and Sean Hogan. Meet three scientists who fly drones for sustainability, natural resources management, and research. These Berkeley graduate students speak in three languages about their work on water, wildlife and plants. Mapping and ecological monitoring could not be done without unmanned aerial vehicles. Produced in association with UC ANR's Statewide Program in Informatics and GIS.

Date: 4/27/2018
Second Place Graduate - "Oxygenating the Dead Zone". By Bryan Fuhrmann, PhD Student, UC Merced, with Marc Beutel, Jane Binger, Alex Horne, and Abel Chuang. According to UC Merced research, there are small-scale tools that could sustainably improve larger water bodies like the Gulf of Mexico. Hydrogen power could reinvigorate aquatic "dead zones." This closed-loop system could help bring life back to water bodies affected by eutrophication.

Date: 4/27/2018
Third Place Graduate - "Operation Trash Route". By Nikko Dutra, Computer Engineering major, UC San Diego. By taking a virtual trip to Baja California, Mexico, we learn about the origins of ocean trash. According to a UC San Diego team of oceanographers, including advanced computer engineering student Nikko Dutra, communities can keep 50-80% of trash from ever entering the ocean by closing the loop on trash pickup and delivery with an app that keeps trash out of the environment and oceans.

Date: 4/27/2018
Honorable Mention - Sustainability? By Lillie Pennington, PhD student, UC Merced, with Cinita Pertiwi. The term sustainability has been a topic of consideration in academic publications, but has the word lost its meaning? This short conversation with a UC Merced PhD student brings to light some of the issues of overuse and truth behind sustainability. In the end, it may not be as important to understand what sustainability is as what sustainability is for.

Date: 4/27/2018
Honorable Mention - Let's Talk Food: Cultural Considerations in Sustainable Food Production. By Cinita Pertiwi, PhD student, UC Merced, with Lillie Pennington. Cultural preferences matter when agriculture is trying to feed the world more efficiently under climate change. People from around the world have different staple foods. In this short infographic video, UC Merced students ask us to consider the influence of culture on food production to be more sustainable.