Giving Online to the Darcy Aston Memorial Lecture Fund
At the young age of 55, Darcy passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was an Environmental Studies Alum from the Class of 1981. Darcy was a force and a gift of nature. Her passion for conserving earth's resources came through in her personal, professional and community life. She was also a force and a gift for community, in Santa Barbara, Napa County, and Petaluma, where she lived the last nine years of her life with her beloved family. She leaves behind a lasting legacy of environmental protection and water resource conservation.

Darcy was passionate about her career in water resource and watershed management and gained much admiration and respect. She educated, inspired and supported the public on complex water quality problems and helped find effective and practical solutions including: community outreach on pollution prevention, sustainable landscaping, development of classroom curricula on water and watershed issues, leadership in watershed and creek restoration efforts, and development of educational signage for local beaches.

This fund will support an Annual Lecture and Community Gathering on Water Sustainability. These annual lectures will focus on innovative approaches to the complex issues of water quality and watershed protection with an emphasis on the things that were most important to Darcy: protection of wild places and wildlife, public health and minimizing the human footprint on earth. Lectures will be open to students, faculty and employees of UCSB as well as the general public. These annual lectures will also serve as an opportunity for Darcy's friends, family and colleagues to gather to honor and remember Darcy.

If you wish to make a donation by mail, please make your check payable to The UC Santa Barbara Foundation and send to:
Mehgan Tanner, Director of Development
Engineering & the Sciences
Mail Code 6035
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-6035 

The Darcy Aston Memorial Lecture Fund is administered by the UCSB Foundation, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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