by Linda Tong (UCSD):
There are a wealth of student organizations at UC San Diego focused on environmental sustainability and issues. The groups are welcoming of any students interested in making a positive difference for the environment, and some groups offer positions for interns to gain experience working in sustainability. Each group is a unique contribution to the sustainability-minded atmosphere at UCSD. This post highlights two of the campus-wide sustainability organizations:
The EcoNauts are recruited by UCSD Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH), and their goal is to foster a culture of sustainability among HDH customers and student residents on campus. They focus on educating students about HDH’s commitment to being “green,” and about specific sustainability issues such as food waste, recycling and fair trade goods. To get their messages across to students living in the residential halls and apartments, EcoNauts host numerous interactive activities throughout the year. Past events include trash sorts and other interactive demonstrations, games and prizes related to reusing and recycling, and tabling about sustainable food sources. HDH has also created a budget for sustainability programs called “Green Grants,” and students in need of funding for projects focused on resource-saving measures can apply for a grant to cover expenses.
- Sustainability Resource Center (SRC):
The Sustainability Resource Center is a space for various sustainability orgs to convene, and is open to other students as well to learn about sustainability on campus. SRC interns are in charge of running the centralized sustainability center at UCSD, and they focus on specific projects to reach out to the student population about sustainability issues. Their most recent project was putting on an Earth Day Fair by recruiting other student orgs to help spread the word about environmentalism.