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USTU Committees and Initiatives

Below is a list of USTU’s committees and initiatives; for meeting times and locations please check the event calendar at http://urbansoil.net/wiki.cgi?calendar

Animal Care

Brief Description: Care for chickens, bees, vermiculture (worm compost)
Type: Initiative (formative stage)
Requirements: training in animal care
Needs:
Current Members: Lara (WHPLG hens), Josh (bees), Bobby (WHPLG hens), Lois (Jolly), Carol (Jolly) updated 8/14/18
Contact:

Arts & Culture

Brief Description: community members can organize arts & culture projects after notifying USTU at least one week in advance. (visit the Arts And Culture page for details)
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: art instructor
Current Members: LAEV community
Contact: any USTU member

Beautification

Brief Description:
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: committee coordinator, new members, community kitchen steward (indoor and outdoor) and lobby steward
Current Members: Anaisabel M., Randy
Contact:

Bienvenidos

Brief Description: http://urbansoil.net/wiki.cgi?Bienvenidos_Committee
Type: Committee
Requirements: must be a provisional or full USTU member
Needs: new members
Current Members: Jordan, Dileen, Ellary, Lara, Lois, Tunde
Contact: laev-membership@googlegroups.com

Car Share

Brief Description:
Type: Initiative (formative stage)
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: committee coordinator and new members
Current Members: Anaisabel, Claire, Bruce
Contact:

Language Justice

Brief Description: we advocate for the right to speak the language that everyone feels most comfortable with. Language Justice is a mindful way of thinking and being inclusive on each and every voice
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: people who are bilingual in Spanish and English and willing to provide translation and interpretation services
Current Members: Ana Paula, Adriana, Shaila, Irma, Jimmy, Jessica, and Eric
Contact:

Conflict Resolution Team (CRT)

Brief Description:
Type: Committee
Requirements: must be a provisional or full USTU member. Must complete APADRC Mediation course or similar training in order to do mediations.
Needs: new members
Current Members: Aurisha, Dani, Claire, Devon, Ellary
Contact: laev-crt@googlegroups.com

Emergency Preparedness

Brief Description:
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: new members
Current Members: Carol, Becca, Jordan, Bruce. Somer
Contact:

Media

Brief Description:
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: new members, committee coordinator, volunteer coordinator, USTU/ LAEV representatives, and tour guides
Current Members: Sam, Lee, Lois
Contact:

Fundraising

Brief Description: a committee that creates and maintains different revenue streams for USTU
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: intern and new members
Current Members: Anaisabel, Leslie, Lois
Contact:

Facilitation

Brief Description:
Type: Committee
Requirements: must be a provisional or full USTU member
Needs: new members
Current Members: Becca, Jordan, Joe, Somer, Dani, Claire, Eric, Jimmy, Yuki, Josh, Jess, Questa
Contact: ustu-facilitators@googlegroups.com

Food Lobby

Brief Description: sorting weekly farm deliveries, maintaining and staffing bulk room, monthly meetings (http://urbansoil.net/wiki.cgi?LAEV_Food_Coop)
Type: Community business
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: bulk room workers, produce sorters, planning monthly meetings
Current Members: Carol
Contact: brit.manor@gmail.com

Garden

Brief Description: Meet monthly to discuss and work on garden related issues & projects.
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: experienced gardeners who can serve as mentors
Current Members: Anaisabel, Carol, shaila, yuki
Contact: Carol

Lead Safety

Brief Description:
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs:
Current Members: Laura, Carrie, Joe, Jimmy
Contact:

Management

Brief Description: provides regular supervision of building management. Updated 8/14/18
Type: Committee
Requirements: nomination from the management committee (self-nominations are required to complete a provisional period) and board approval
Needs: someone with a high level of knowledge in Quickbooks
Current Members: Becca, Josh, Aurisha, Carol, Leslie, Jess B
Contact: management@urbansoil.net

Orientation

Brief Description: Plan and facilitate orientations for people in the membership process
Type: Committee
Requirements: must be a provisional or full USTU member
Needs: more facilitators
Current Members: Yuki, Claire, Questa, Jordan, Dani
Contact:

Space Stewards

Brief Description:
Type: Initiative (formative stage)
Requirements: must be a provisional or full USTU member
Needs: committee coordinator, new members, tool shed steward, bike room steward, free shelf steward, and webmaster
Current Members:
Contact:

Special Needs

Brief Description: Addressing the concerns of residents with limitations and health issues
Type: Initiative (formative stage)
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: new members
Current Members:
Contact:

Visitor

Brief Description:
Type: Committee
Requirements:
Needs: new members
Current Members: Alex, Dani, Jimmy, Sam, Eric
Contact: urbansoil-visitor@googlegroups.com

Water

Brief Description:
Type: Committee
Requirements: none (open to everyone)
Needs: new members
Current Members: Yuki, Somerset
Contact:water@urbansoil.net

People in the membership process are encouraged attend the meetings of any committee, as well as become active participants in the committees that are open to everyone (ex. Water, Event Planning, Emergency Prep, etc).