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  • 1. Welcome to the Sensational Sustainability Social
  • 2. What is Sustainability? The ability to provide for the needs of the world's current population without damaging the ability of future generations to provide for themselves. When a process is sustainable, it can be carried out over and over without negative environmental effects or impossibly high costs to anyone involved. - Agenda 21 (not verbatim)
  • 3. The State of Sustainability at UCSD Environmental Sustainability Initiative Advisory Committee on Sustainability New Sustainability Coordinator Geisel Solar Roof SIO Powell Building sustain.ucsd.edu | conserve.ucsd.edu
  • 4. UCSD Shortcomings Energy wastage and insufficient conservation Water wastage and insufficient conservation Excessive use of disposable products Narrow range of Fair Trade options Limited vegetarian/vegan options Sweatshop-produced clothing Lack of extra food donation programs Non-native vegetation Slow or no response to student input Student Assembly requires permit Paper Wastage Inefficient recycling systems. Student Apathy and unhappiness
  • 5. UCSD Compared to other UC schools Davis: Biodegradable take-out containers Recycling Composting Local and organic foods Environmental and social policy in dining services
  • 6. UCSD Compared to other UC schools Merced: Recycling Local foods Biodegradable bowls and plates, New and efficient dishwashing system
  • 7. UCSD Compared to other UC schools Berkeley: Composting Fair Trade Recycling Biodegradable to-go boxes and pizza boxes Discounts on reusable beverage containers Green Business certified
  • 8. UCSD Compared to other UC schools Irvine: Fair Trade Biodegradable dishes Recycling Reusable beverage container discount
  • 9. UCSD Compared to other UC schools Los Angeles: Biodegradables 4 dine-ins and 4 “quick-services” to reduce unnecessary take-out dish use
  • 10. UCSD Compared to other UC schools Santa Cruz: Default reusable Sugarcane-based to-go dishes Potato starch utensils Green Business certified, encourage use of reusable beverage containers
  • 11. UCSD Compared to other UC schools San Diego (that’s us) Incomplete Recycling Practices No Biodegradables No Composting No Green Business Certification
  • 12. Student Group Work & Achievements Green Campus Began Earth Day tradition Office Energy Assessments CFL exchanges Power Management Software Education and outreach
  • 13. Student Group Work & Achievements OEOJ: One Earth One Justice Fair Trade campaign Fair Trade Coffee now available at all cafeterias Fair Trade Coffee sold on library walk whenever we want. Fair Trade Month Influencing vendor contracts favoring FT vendors Eliminating Sweatshop Labor Apparel at Bookstore etc Administration has agreed to “phase-out” Sweatshop Participation in Designated Suppliers Program by USAS Raising student awareness of sustainability issues (we’re doing this right now!) Reduction and replacement of disposables: (we’re working on it)
  • 14. Student Group Work & Achievements SESC: Social and Environmental Sustainability Committee Finally gives students the opportunity to have a voice for sustainability in student government. Brings together representatives from various similarly-focused organizations on campus Reduce plastic bag usage at bookstore. Establish and maintain microfinance fund. Much more
  • 15. Student Group Work & Achievements BAAN: Biofuels Action and Awareness Network Biodiesel Processor Project Built processor with AS, GSA, private, and the Sunrise Rotary Club funding Uses waste grease from Canyon Vista dining hall Pilot project and hopefully expand to biodiesel co-op. (Currently produce approx 25 gallon per batch) Greenline Project Shuttle that runs on 100% biodiesel will happen in the near future! Educational Efforts Present processor and biodiesel information. (Earth Week presentations) biodiesel.ucsd.edu | BAAN-L@ucsd.edu
  • 16. Student Groups (Social and Environmental) AEP: Association of Environmental Professionals STAND: Students Taking Action Now: Darfur Migrant Rights Awareness Amnesty International PREP: Population Reduction and Earth Preservation Arusha Project BAAN: Biofuels Awareness and Action Network Roots and Shoots Africa Aid Alternative Spring Break SAAC MEChA
  • 17. Student Run Co-ops Ché Café Food Co-op & Satellite Organic Farming Co-op Groundwork Books Collective The General Store
  • 18. So, what next? How do I get involved? Why should I? What are the time commitments? Coming all of October : Fair Trade Month movie screenings, free FT food, contests, fair trade debate, first OEOJ/SESC/GC meetings of the quarter and more. Get involved by talking to us, give us your email/phone, come to our first meeting or if you can’t then at least come to our events. You should get involved because you should care about social justice and environ- mental protection and you can make a difference. And because it actually is loads of fun working and partying (yes, we party/chill too). We are all really close. Try joining one of the college boards/student gov groups and see if the members are ¼th as close/fun as us. Time commitments are whatever you want them to be. We are all super super busy. Light weight activism takes about 2 hours a week. Hardcore activists (Yuki status) spend much much more time!
  • 19. Thank you! With love, The people in front of you. visit our websites (they’re lonely)

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