Muir Environmental Corps (MEC)
MEC participates in environmental activities at UCSD and in the surrounding community. Service projects include clean-up projects in the mountains, on streams and on beach bluffs, supporting recycling efforts around the campus, and leading petition drives. It also organizes recreational trips such as camping and kayaking. All UCSD students are welcome.
UC San Diego Green Campus Program
The Green Campus Program is funded and supported by the Alliance to Save Energy and UC San Diego Facilities Management. Green Campus works to integrate sustainability into course curricula, build general campus awareness about environmental issues, and implement projects targeting energy use, student involvement and operational changes. Green Campus interns also promote facility energy efficiency, green building practices, and water conservation on campus and in the community by increasing awareness about energy and other sustainability related issues.
Biofuels Action and Awareness Network
The Biofuels Action and Awareness network is a student group that promotes the use of biofuels in the UCSD community. The group’s current projects include Greenline, a project to get a campus shuttle running on 100% biodiesel; conducting an economic and emissions study; and designing and building a pilot scale biodiesel processor to use campus waste oil.
California Public Interest Group (CALPIRG)
CALPIRG is a California-based student-led group dedicated to promoting effective citizenship within the college campus. It is the largest environmental and community service group on the UCSD campus. CALPIRG takes on a variety of concerns, including practical solutions to California’s Environmental problems, the rising costs of textbooks, and genetically modified food, among others.
Students on the Compost Team works closely with the dining halls and other UCSD entities in order to successfully produce nutrient-rich compost using pre-consumer waste from around campus.
Greeks Gone Green
The purpose of Greeks Gone Green is to raise consciousness of environmental issues within UCSD’s Greek community and to use its organizational resources to promote effective change. Greeks Gone Green also collaborates with other environmental organizations on campus and works with the entire student population.
Urban Studies and Planning Club
The USP Club is dedicated to furthering on-campus interest in the field of Urban Studies and Planning. It is also dedicated to creating social networking ties, strengthening relationships between faculty and students, and offering information about professional opportunities in the field. The club promotes community service through different quarterly projects that will help make a difference in disadvantaged communities around the San Diego/Tijuana area.
Vegetarian Environmentalist Group
The Vegetarian Environmentalist Group is dedicated to emphasizing the link between vegetarianism and environmentalism by exploring the ways in which meat production and consumption impact the environment. The group hopes to educate students and provide a potential social network for vegetarians across campus.
The Sustainable Food Project
This group’s mission is to raise student awareness and encourage involvement in creating a more sustainable food system at UCSD. It supports the Urban Farm Initiative to bring a student-run organic garden to the campus and promotes the university’s use of locally and sustainably produced food in its dining halls and other food outlets.
UCSD Food Co-op
Since its inception in 1978, the UCSD Food Co-op has been dedicated to providing UCSD with an all-vegetarian food alternative. The Co-op also serves as a resource for environmentally conscious products and information. Located in the old student center, students can volunteer at the Co-op and make a difference in the UCSD community.
Earthguide Educational Web – Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)
Sponsored by SIO, Earthguide provides educational resources in earth science, geology, oceanography, global change, climate, and environmental science for teachers and students. The website features news stories, animations, maps, and other tools to help expand the understanding of the earth.
Environment Society, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
The IR/PS Environment Society organizes a variety of activities to engage its students who are interested in the environment, to facilitate discussion about current environmental issues, and to interact with professors and professionals working in this field. Activities include quarterly panel discussions on current topics, professional development activities, and field trips to ecological sites around San Diego.
Environmental Science and Policy – Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)
The Environmental Science and Policy group at SIO was created as a cross-disciplinary student initiative to promote the integration of student research into the policy process. The goals of the group are to provide a policy context for research being conducted at SIO, encourage students to apply their theses to policy issues, create a forum for communication across disciplines and with the public, expose students to non-academic career options. These goals are being achieved through a seminars series, coursework, publications, and workshops.