The College Area Community Garden is located just east of the SDSU Children’s Center, where volunteers contribute to the growing of plots of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. SDSU Dining Services chefs use the fresh, organic, and locally grown grown food from the garden for on-campus food services and the Children's Center. The Associated Students Green Love Sustainability Commission has two plots in the garden where the Green Love Garden Committee grows veggies for the Commission. The Garden Committee also promotes sustainability and community partnership through other gardening-related activities such as field trips to other gardens, cooking our harvests, and fun bonding events on- and off-campus.
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Campus Outreach Committee:
The campus outreach committee is dedicated to educating the student body about sustainability and its importance. Through tabling every Thursday at the campus farmer's market, as well as controlling the marketing of Green Love, campus outreach collaborates with other committees to fulfill their goals as well. This committee values the voices of all students and hopes to continue this through interactive discussions with all.
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Environmental Justice Committee:
According to academic institutions and nonprofit organizations like the Environmental Health Coalition, the areas that are affected first and most intensely by irresponsible industrial practices that produce externalized costs are "low income communities of color." This nonprofit organization that advocates for equality in public health and social justice relating to environmental problems goes on to say, "Toxic mixes of industrial development, freeways, and truck routes are concentrated in low-income neighborhoods alongside homes and schools. At the root of this all-too-common pattern are discriminatory land-use regulations that do not protect the community's health... Environmental justice will exist when all neighborhoods are treated equally." This Green Love committee will focus on advocating for the health of vulnerable communities while ensuring the representative voices of such communities are heard and valued on campus.
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Sustainable Transportation Committee:
This committee creates, implements, and maintains bicycle regulations on campus, promoting green modes of transportation. We are aiming towards building a safer environment through safety guidelines and nightlights, as well as extending the lanes on and off campus.
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Greeks Gone Green Committee:
Essentially we aim to encourage the greek community to get involved in our efforts to move toward a more sustainable future. This will be made possible through leading by example, reaching out to different organizations and giving them the tools necessary to think and act as sustainable as possible within their own community.
Contact information: sdsu.GGG@gmail.com
Green Lunch Bag Series:
The GLBS is a sustainability minded event held in the Conrad Prebys Aztec student Union Theater every month to raise awareness and stimulate conversation about various topics in sustainability. The events consist of various guest speakers, interactive activities and documentaries. Free Oggi’s pizza is usually provided with options for vegetarians and vegans as well!
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Past speakers include:
- Shalini Kantayya: award-winning filmmaker, educator and eco-activist
- Peter Meisen: founder of Global Energy Network Institution (GENI) and co-founder of SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange)
- Nicole Capretz: executive director of the Climate Action Campaing for the City of San Diego
- Bob Sly: environmentalist, documentary producer and college professor
Sustainable Food Committee:
Realfoodchallenge.org defines real food as something that "truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth." Much of food in the United States today is cultivated, processed, and transported in irresponsible ways that harm the environment and consumers' health. What humans eat should be the most fundamental element that connects us with the Earth we inhabit, yet in this modern era, we have never been more disconnected (and unhealthy). This Green Love committee will use the Real Food Calculator from Realfoodchallenge.org to assess the food that is available on campus for students to see if it qualifies under the four core categories of "local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane" as Real Food that can properly nourish us enough to continue thriving on this planet.
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