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Sue Carter, UC Santa Cruz

Sue Carter established the sustainability lab (S-lab) to promote reductions in carbon emissions and sustainable use of natural resources. The S-lab provides students with indoor and outdoor laboratory space and educational tools and resources.

Sue Carter is an associate professor in the PhysicsDepartment at UC Santa Cruz. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago. Sue has served as a board member on the UC Energy Institute and the California Solar Energy Collaborative. Also, she was Vice Chair, Chair-elect, and Chair of the American Physical Society Group for Energy Research and Applications, and ran their energy workshop in 2015. Sue started several companies related to climate action technology and education. She is the Director of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development bringing experience on how to transition sustainability projects developed on campus to technologies that can serve the public need for climate action. Finally, Sue is invested in the UC system’s carbon neutrality goals by not only being a climate champion, but by organizing the Carbon Slam in 2016

To learn more about Sue and her lab visit her website.

Sue uses applied physics as a tool towards sustainability

Sue has been working towards a sustainable future throughout her research at UC Santa Cruz. She has numerous publications and invited talks in the area of photovoltaics (conversion of light into energy, like solar panels) and LED lighting. This research helps reduce carbon footprints through renewable electricity production and reduced electricity consumption.

Sue created the Sustainability Lab (S-lab).

The S-lab is a living-laboratory that supports student-led research and training with the goal of reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable use of natural resources. This includes indoor and outdoor laboratory space and educational tools for students. Sue has developed curriculum and a mentorship network to engage the broader community. More specifically, the curriculum includes a sustainability module for a summer entrepreneurship academy to train students to be innovators. Also, the mentorship network includes entrepreneurs from Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley who launched successful “green” enterprises. They will serve as mentors for student teams.

The sustainability and entrepreneurship module is offered as part of UCSC College 8’s Green Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship Course. Experiences from that course were integrated into the summer entrepreneurship academy. Finally, Sue offered a K-12 Sustainability Summer Camp at the S-lab during the summer of 2016.

S-Lab
in Action 

Students in the S-Lab are conducting projects around the areas of sustainable food systems, water security, renewable energy in transportation, sustainable power systems, and environmental stewardship and social justice.

ACHIEVEMENTS

• Created a living-laboratory that supports student-led research and training

• Developed a curriculum and a mentorship network to engage the broader community

• Offered a K-12 Sustainability Summer Camp at the S-lab during the summer of 2016
 

Sue Carter smiles in her headshot in a greenhouse
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Sue Carter shares students’ work on sustainable projects that she supports with her applied physics facility, the S-Lab, and the workshops and training that her lab puts on.

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