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Green Universities in San Diego and the Earth Works Earth Fair

Posted By Shirley Smith @ Apr 25th 2014 9:13pm In: Events

THE PRINCETON REVIEW'S GUIDE TO 332 GREEN COLLEGES: 2014 EDITION, released on April 17, 2014, names three San Diego area universities as “Green.” San Diego State University, University of California – San Diego, and University of San Diego made the list because of their outstanding efforts to better their campuses and surrounding communities. These three schools take conservation, recycling and sustainability very seriously, and are fully engaged on and off campus.

The University of San Diego’s Earth Day was a spectacle in the “greater-good” revolution. This year’s themes included food and beverages, healthier choices, organic farming, self sustainable living, and the Zero Waste Initiative. One café on campus was the first to compost food waste through a local farm. The university has been credited for having recycled more than 75,000 pounds of electronic waste, and boasts a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Many participants of USD’s Earth Day will also be volunteering at the Earth Fair on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Balboa Park.

The University of California – San Diego’s (UCSD) “Connecting the Drops” theme celebrates Earth Day with many lively events, including a “Trashion Show,” featuring fashions designed from recycled materials. UCSD is always a big presence at the Earth Fair, and this year will be no exception. Balboa Park hosts the 25th annual San Diego Earth Works Earth Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It’s the world’s largest environmental fair celebration produced by 100 percent volunteer-power. UCSD plans to have at least 300 volunteers in place to help bring awareness to a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for all living things.

San Diego State University (SDSU), celebrated its own “GreenFest” from the 21st to the 24th, with festivities including live entertainment, foods from the local farmer’s markets, and speakers discussing such topics as global climate change, global sustainable living and protection of the oceans and forests of the Earth. SDSU volunteers will attend the festivities at Balboa Park on the 27th to conclude their week-long celebration of sustainability.

For all those thinking about going “green,” or pondering the prospects of purchasing a “green” home, Earth Works Earth Fair is the place for you to be. Learn about organic gardening, composting, sustainable living, zero waste, and renewable energy, among hundreds of other helpful and educational subject about our environment. There will be an eHome exhibit to inform you on alternative home-building technologies, energy-efficient appliances and low-E windows, and ways you can make your home more environmentally sustainable. The exhibitors rang a full gambit every type of environmental organization and wildlife preservation groups. The amount of knowledge you will gain about the Earth and our environment is invaluable.

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