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Sustainability Program Coordinator
UC San Diego has over 30 student organizations focused on sustainability, including the InterSustainability Council (ISC). The ISC unites the various student organizations of UC San Diego that promote sustainable development into a cohesive network. The Inter-Sustainability Council functions as an intermediary to improve coordination and outreach between these groups and the UCSD community. https://studentorg.ucsd.edu/Home/Details/5692
Other student organizations include Engineers for a Sustainable World, a student US Green Building Council chapter, GROW UCSD (students and staff working on student gardens, AQUAholics Anonymous, Net Impact, and more.
UC San Diego’s Student Sustainability Collective (SSC) was founded by students in 2009 and is funded by a student self-imposted green fee. The SSC engages and educates students in sustainability through programming, events, outreach, resources, support, and community. Funded by student self-imposed green fees, the SSC manages the University's Green Initiative Fund, which solicits applications and funds student-led sustainability projects on campus.
UC San Diego has 5 gardens on campus and one off, involving faculty, staff and students in promoting education and the growth of sustainable food and local produce.
Half Moon Meadow
Marshall Community Garden
Mesa Nueva Garden
Ocean View Growing Grounds
Roger’s Community Garden
UC San Diego is home to various co-operative organizations, not-for-profit organizations that provide students, faculty, and staff with the highest quality merchandise and services at the lowest prices possible. For many, the Co-ops are a place to buy low-priced healthy food and textbooks and provide offbeat alternatives to the items and the atmosphere offered by mainstream merchants at UC San Diego. At UC San Diego, there is The Che Cafe, The Food Co-op, The General Store Co-op, and Groundworks Books. Fundamentally, all of the Co-ops offer an alternative type of enterprise and are non-hierarchical organizations. All members of the UC San Diego community are invited to participate in the Co-ops. Membership in a Co-op provides students with a chance to experience a non-hierarchical work environment and collective decision-making. By being a member, students receive discounts at all Co-ops, an equal voice in making decisions in the evolution of their Co-op, and a role in defining the atmosphere of the Co-op. Membership in the Co-ops is open to anyone who wishes to continually volunteer about two hours a week at any Co-op.
Student organizations along with the Sustainability Programs Office and HDH EcoNauts sponsor talks, speakers, films and more throughout the year. One example is Green Talks, sponsored by the student InterSustainability Council and the Sustainability Programs Office. Green Talks is a conference that is based on the structure of a Ted Talk, with the exception that it is specifically geared towards environmental awareness. The purpose of the event is to engage and educate the UCSD student body and community about sustainability and the importance of being environmentally conscious through one’s actions. Speakers who include UCSD students, faculty, and sustainability industry professionals. This event has been created, planned and led by the undergraduate students of the Inter-Sustainability Council, which is an organization that houses all the student sustainability focused organizations on campus.
Previously known as "Gaia Festival," the UC San Diego Student Sustainability Collective and Engineers for a Sustainable World - UC San Diego every year host ECO-ACHELLA, an arts and music festival promoting sustainability. The event is usually capstoned by a musical act passionate about sustainability (for example, the 2016 headline was Trapdoor Social, a LA-based alternative rock band that plays on solar power) and includes workshops for students to express their creativity while learning about various sustainability topics.
UC San Diego’s Outback Adventures offers 1-8 day outdoor trips that help the campus community connect with nature and develop a sense of place. Each trip incorporates Leave No Trace ethics and explores the wild places of southern California, Baja California and the Southwest. The trips give participants the skills needed to enjoy a lifetime of environmentally responsible outdoor adventure. Incoming students can participate in a 4-8 day Wilderness Orientation adventure to start their UC San Diego experience. Some UC San Diego courses and seminars are held in the outdoors and some courses include field trips for a hands-on learning experience.
The Housing/Dining/Hospitality EcoNauts, The Zone, and the Sustainable Resource Center each feature programming for students related to sustainability, from composting to recycling to cooking with healthy, local and/or organic food.
The Sustainability Program Office, Facilities Management, Housing/Dining/Hospitality, and many other departments across campus hire students to work on sustainability initiatives, from Green Office and Green Lab certification programs to student outreach programs on sustainability to assisting with zero waste, climate, water and other planning, reporting, and program implementation projects.
Although UC San Diego does not have an official graduation pledge, the Sustainability Resource Center (managed by the Student Sustainability Collective and the Sustainability Program Office) and the Aquaholics Anonymous student organization (mentored by Environmental Health & Safety) offer programs in which students can pledge to lower their footprints and/or learn about and promote sustainability.
We advertize not only on-campus student jobs and internships, but also grants, fellowships, and more on the university's sustainability blog: https://sustainucsd.org/
The UC San Diego TriNet Challenge startup competition is sponsored by the UC San Diego's Rady School of Management, Jacobs School of Engineering
and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and through the generosity
of The William and Kathryn Scripps Family Foundation Inc. Now in its 5th year, the TriNet Challenge competition spotlights commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by UC San Diego's finest minds. Students, faculty and staff from across campus pitch their compelling, innovative ideas to a panel of
expert judges in an attempt to win $11,000 in funding. http://rady.ucsd.edu/ciid/trinet-challenge .
Rady School of Management students also have a student Net Impact chapter.
UC San Diego has approximately 30 active student organizations focused on sustainability, from green buildings to engineering to food recovery to Net Impact and business.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.