Building Empowerment and Sustainable Community Through Food Systems Learning is a project to connect the Santa Cruz and UCSC community to their food systems and each other, contributing to a wider sustainability movement. Learning and collaborative opportunities through events will help empower communities to live sustainable lives and consider global sustainability issues. This project shares and reflects the mission of the Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) for food systems learning, the Campus Sustainability Plan, and the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus, by combining goals, objectives, and blueprint topics like food, social and environmental justice, and academics and curriculum. Goals for this project include reaching at least 100 students, hosting 9 PICA workshops through the academic year 2013-2014, collaborating on campus sustainability events, and contributing to PICA’s sustainability as a program. Events will provide a space for people to collaborate, share skills and knowledge, and engage in community building. The Program in Community and Agroecology as well as numerous other sustainability organizations are a part of a growing generation of active environmentally and socially conscious people organizing across spaces for more sustainable and just practices and food systems. Workshops will bring in knowledge from guest facilitators and open up learning opportunity to the wider UCSC community. We build a sustainability movement by acknowledging environmental and social injustices, educating, training, workshopping, discussing, and engaging in sustainable approaches for action.