2016 Fair Trade, Holiday Idea, and Gift Giving Guide

Posted On: November 29, 2016

Plant growing in a gift box

This holiday season and throughout the year, the Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group’s Gift Guide makes it fun and easy to choose local, sustainable, fair-trade and recycled gifts and more. There are suggestions here for gifts that support local small businesses and artisans as well as places to find fair-trade sustainable items from around the globe. Or maybe the perfect gift is something a little less tangible. Researchers have found that for those who already have plenty, experiences bring more happiness than material possessions. And San Diego has so much to offer! Consider giving tickets to the movies, a concert or the theater or a membership to one of our local gardens or museums, a gift card to a favorite restaurant, or charitable donation.

This year’s guide is full of resources and ideas that are great for the local economy, easy on the earth, and delightful to receive. Enjoy the season!

Download the pdf file.

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Earth Week DIY Makers Day

The Library and the Environmental Sustainability Group is hosting a DIY Makers Day celebrating Earth Week on campus, using sustainable, non-toxic, reusable, and recyclable materials. Maker stations include:

  • make your own cleaning supplies (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • make your own button using recycled book covers
  • make boxes and bookmarks using recycled paper
  • DIY Bike Safety: Be Seen! Make your own reflective strips (bring your bag, backpack, jacket; dog harness).
  • plant a succulent
  • watch a demonstration of a 3D Printer (vegetable-based plastic!)

Participants will leave with a sample of a project and ideas to continue making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables on a daily basis!

Check out our educational resource tables on a smoke and tobacco free campus,  recycling, and the Roger’s Community Garden at UCSD (formerly the Neighborhood Community Garden).  RCG at UCSD is a student-led garden serving the UCSD and San Diego community. We are located on a quarter acre of land behind the Dance Building and La Jolla Playhouse. Our main purpose is to offer land to students, staff,  faculty, and alumni, to grow herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Additionally, in pursuit of our overall mission, we are developing multiple other projects, such as composting programs, workshops on sustainable agriculture and nutrition, lectures and teach-ins on surrounding social justice issues, and an annual seminar jointly taught by RCG faculty advisors and students. As a student-led project, we strive to support the community that supports us, and give back to those who have given so much to us. We hope that through our efforts we can add a something special to our campus.


Tuesday, April 22nd
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Refreshments will be served!
Open to the public!

Stay tuned for a contest featuring our 3D printer!  The winner will get to print something on our Makerbot Replicator 2! (Hint: find us on Facebook: The UC San Diego Library and the UCSD Geisel Library)

If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Schwenk (kschwenk@ucsd.edu)

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