The University of San Diego’s continuing efforts to be a sustainable campus leader was recognized at the recent California Center for Sustainable Energy’s Energy All-Star Awards. There, USD was named the San Diego-based organization’s Outstanding Sustainable Organization of the Year.
“We are honored and humbled to receive this award in light of the strong efforts other San Diego organizations have made toward sustainability,” said Michael Catanzaro, USD’s director of Sustainability in an Inside USD story. “Our work has truly been a campus-wide effort and everyone at USD can share in the credit for all the progress we have made in just a few short years.”
Immediate progress will be noticeable in April as USD has declared it “Earth Month.” The university has lined up several events, beginning April 11, to educate the campus community about the many ways it can learn, lead and live sustainably.
Events include healthy eating (vegetarian meal, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Manchester courtyard), an alternative transportation lunchtime discussion (April 12, noon-1 p.m., Outdoor Adventures, UC 129), free bike tune-up from USD’s Outdoor Adventures (on April 13 and 27, appointments preferred), visits to Wild Willow Farm (April 14), Linda Vista Farmers’ Market (April 19), Linda Vista Multicultural Fair (April 21) and the Earth Day Fair at Balboa Park (April 22). There’s also a free film screening of “Houston We Have a Problem” (April 20) and a panel discussion with USD alumni and local businesses for those considering career opportunities in the sustainability field (April 24).
The university is also emphasizing an environmental mindset in anticipation of the Dalai Lama’s April 18 USD visit. The USD community is, as always, encouraged to carpool. Those who do carpool with at least three others will receive primary parking. Walking and bicycling to USD is also encouraged. Associated Students is sponsoring tram service for students to and from Mission Beach on the day of the event. Furthermore, those who attend the event at Jenny Craig Pavilion are asked to recycle their materials and put waste in the proper bins for composting to make the Dalai Lama’s visit a “zero-waste event.”
Earth Month concludes April 27 with a Valley Garden Party at 4 p.m. in Mission Crossroads. There will be free food, prizes and fun activities for all. A free outdoor yoga class, a locally sourced dinner and Slackline demonstration/participation is included in the fun. This event finale is co-sponsored by Campus Recreation, Outdoor Adventures and USD’s Office of Sustainability.
— Inside USD Staff
See the complete list of USD Earth Month events.