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USD “Stands for Less” at EarthFair and Beyond

Thursday, April 16, 2009

In continuing to advance a green campus, USD will host several events and programs focused on sustainable lifestyles from April 17-28, which coincides with the annual EarthFair in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 19.

These displays and the information provided are part of USD’s on-going commitment to promote Catholic social thought and its emphasis on educating ethical citizens while providing unique opportunities to explore the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability. The university continues to build environmental consciousness on campus, as well as to its extended family and the community. USD is committed to promoting sustainable lifestyles; expanding curricular and scholarship development on sustainability and climate change; and creating a green campus through facilities, operations, and business practices. “Be Blue, Go Green!”

On April 8th, USD was part of the kick-off of Stand for LESS, a public awareness campaign to educate and motivate San Diego residents on how to live a lifestyle built around conservation of resources. Stand


Stand for LESS launched its public information effort in San Diego with actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. who hosted workshops and shared tips from his own conservation lifestyle to help San Diegans learn how they, too, can Stand For LESS. USD joined several participants including the California Department of Conservation, California Air Resources Board, California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, San Diego County Water Authority, San Diego Gas & Electric, SANDAG and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanderss.  The campaign provides information and access to conservation programs to San Diego residents.

Students, faculty and staff interested in collaborating on environmental issues are invited to join the Environmental Network, an open group for anyone interested in environmental activism. The group is meant to facilitate communication and greater collaboration between those working to promote environmental justice, achieve integration with nature, maintain a holistic lifestyle and interact with our global ecosystem in a sustainable way. The group meets every other Thursday from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the courtyard behind the University Center (outside of the One-Stop Shop). The next meeting is Thursday, April 30. Those interested can also join the network online by visiting “groups” on the MySandiego Web site and search for “environmental network.”  — by Thomas Cleary

Upcoming events on campus:

Friday, April 17

Yogathon and Climbing Wall:

As a part of  Friday’s In The Valley community event, Campus Recreation will be hosting a “Yogathon.” Outdoor Programs will be hosting a free climbing wall from 4-7pm. This extended yoga session to raise money and awareness for an organic garden behind Missions Crossroads.  Come join us for live music, vegetarian food and prizes. Click here for more information or contact John Pistotti, Tina Thompson,  or Marcia Luttio.

Sunday, April 19

San Diego EarthWork’s 20th Annual EarthFair: 

Balboa Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Check out the EarthFair Web site for more information and be sure to visit USD’s display booth with a touch tank provided by the USD Marine Science Department. Student volunteers are needed for the booth; for more information, contact: Keith Fink.

Monday, April 20

Sustainable Food and Water Day:

Display tables in front of La Paloma from noon to 2 p.m. with information about the TREE club, local farming, farmers markets,  organic food, myth busters and USDAA guidelines. Give aways include totebags and water bottles. Movie screening will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the IPJ theatre. Flow is a movie about sustainable water. A panel discussion will follow the film.
Tuesday, April 21

Alternation Transportation Challenge:

Find a different way to get to school besides driving. Join TREE club members at the cul-de-sac by the roller coaster in Mission Beach between 7:30-8a.m. to bike to school together (wear green shirts). Other ways to get to school include: carpool, bus and trolley. Be creative! There will be a raffle for a free bike for participants, and an award will be given to the group with the most participants. Contacts:  Simona Capisani (TREE), Trent Hodges (TREE) or Greg  Zackowski (Fresh Air Club)

Creative Collaborations: A Celebration of Student-Faculty Works:

Witness great examples of academic excellence from undergraduate students from 12:15-2:15 p.m. in KIPJ rooms A-D. Lunch available. This conference celebrates the intellectual life at USD and provides students an opportunity to present their preliminary and completed research and creative activities in a student-friendly and supportive environment. All undergraduates who have been involved in a creative activity with a faculty member are invited to participate by presenting their work. 

Wednesday, April 22

Farmer’s Market at USD:

Local vendors offer up a variety of foods, ranging from eat-on-the-spot noshes to grocery items. The market runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; guest performance by the band People’s Party from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the University Center.  Contact: Amelia Pedneault

Thursday, April 23

Living in Harmony:

Join students and employees of the University of San Diego by participating in the “Living in Harmony Fair.” This event will take place in front of the University Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exhibitors in the past have included transportation, home improvements, clothing, lifestyle, gardening and energy saving alternatives. Participation is free; tables and chairs will be provided.  Contact: Gregory Zackowski

Recapturing and using Recycled Water:  You CAN do this!

“Rainwater harvesting strategies for a sustainable San Diego” Thursday, 1 p.m., sponsored by Outdoor Programs, UC 136. This talk will provide an overview of rainwater harvesting strategies and applications for “drylands” like San Diego. Topics will include different system components as well as calculations to determine tank size and irrigation planning. Presenter: Rosalind Haselbeck, PhD, LEED AP, (adjunct faculty for Biology at USD). Contact: Tina Thompson




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