UC San Diego Sustainability is seeking college students interested in volunteer intern positions with our Green Office Certification Program during the ’16-17 academic year. The program helps campus offices promote resource conservation and receive recognition for their leadership in sustainability.
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a project-based non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, implement, and share sustainable technologies and practices worldwide. This past weekend at the ESW Nationals Conference, the UC San Diego chapter was awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year out of 50 chapters nationwide in recognition of their work this previous year, which includes finalizing an intensive on-campus project (Solar Chill), forming a partnership with Global TIES, and representing five projects at the recent Clinton Global Initiative University. In addition, their outgoing chapter president, Jimmy Luong, was presented with the Chapter Leader of the Year Award for his dedication and for overseeing the success of the organization.
This year, the ESW Nationals organized a Resilient CommUnity Design Challenge where a dedicated group of students, aptly named CommUnity Growth, One Garden at a Time, is focusing on working with community partners in City Heights, specifically at Hoover High School, to propose and implement improvements on the local scale. In the near future, they will help construct an urban, community garden and establish after school STEM programs at the high school with the funds awarded. Out of 19 chapters that participated, UC San Diego’s group ranked 2nd place after a culmination of many phases and a final presentation. The chapter also submitted five photos to the Community Category for the Photo Contest and won based off of various photos that demonstrated student involvement and community efforts.
UCSD ESW was also just recently awarded the 2016 UC San Diego Sustainability Awards for Outstanding Student Group by the UC San Diego Sustainability Office. ESW is entirely grateful to receive these accolades and will strive to continue to make a positive difference in the UC San Diego community as well as in other local and international areas.
Earlier this week, the Thurgood Marshall College (TMC) Residential Life Office was certified by the Green Office Certification (GOC) Program. This program seeks to help campus offices promote resource conservation and receive recognition for their leadership in sustainability. The program partners with office staff to identify opportunities to implement or improve existing sustainable practices and earn points toward certification.
The Residential Life Office was awarded Silver Certification Level. Receiving this designation has motivated the Residential Life Office to plan how they can continue mitigating their resource consumption within their office. They are even more driven to earn additional points toward their certification level, as they will be seeking to apply for a Green Grant, which is sponsored through Housing, Dining and Hospitality. With this Green Grant, they are hoping for further sustainability projects that might include recycling, energy efficiency and other resource saving measures. Prior to the certification, the office had made the initiative to shift a majority of their work documents over to electronic use by purchasing iPads for the staff, reducing their paper usage.
Congratulations to the TMC Residential Life Office for their leadership in sustainability by becoming certified!
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