UC San Diego has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, dating back to the pioneering climate change research of the university’s founder, scientist Roger Revelle. Since then, the University has continued to advance groundbreaking environmental research and sustainable, earth-friendly practices in all realms of university life — from landscaping with drought-tolerant plants to conservation-minded building operations.
To help foster UC San Diego’s commitment to sustainability, The Library provides access to specialized digital and printed resources relating to Environmental Studies, Climate and Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Policy. It has also established an Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG) to collaborate with campus partners and implement ideas that help to create sustainable facilities at UCSD.
Most recently, Annelise Sklar and Kim Kane of the UC San Diego Library published a book chapter, Greening the Mothership, in Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries, edited by Maria A. Jankowska. Greening the Mothership provides a detailed look into the work of the ESG and UC San Diego’s sustainability solutions in practice within the Library. It offers a unique case study on how academic libraries can encourage the incorporation of sustainability concepts in education, programming, and campus operations. Members of the Library’s ESG will also present a poster at the American Library Association’s annual conference titled, From the Ground Up: Promoting Sustainability in Academic Libraries.
We in the Library are committed to the development and enactment of practices that promote the fulfillment of sustainability principles.