Come visit the “Living Sustainably” exhibit at the UC San Diego Biomedical Library during the month of April, the theme of which was inspired by UC San Diego Earth Week 2013. The exhibit includes a three-part display located in the library breezeway and a table exhibit situated inside the library, next to the entrance. The exhibit is a collaborative effort of the Biomedical Library, the Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG), Roger’s Community Garden (a student-led group), and the local non-profit organization, San Diego Coastkeeper. The exhibit highlights initiatives that have moved from “thinking green” to actively “being green.”
The San Diego Coastkeeper has provided an engaging display about their efforts “to protect and restore swimmable, fishable, drinkable water in San Diego County.” Roger’s Community Garden “shows us the path to diversity through sustainable gardening and composting co-mingled with the ease and beauty of drought-tolerant landscaping” by sharing their practices and showcasing an assortment of native Southern California drought tolerant succulents. The middle section of the breezeway display compares reusable items versus “one-time use” disposables, and provides information about an array of interrelated subjects including recycling, composting, worm farming, eco-design, aquaponics, air plants, and terrariums, and more.
The Biomedical Library and ESG’s overall intent is to promote awareness and pique interest in a more sustainable approach to living, emphasizing the UC San Diego Earth Week 2013 (April 17-24) goals of “Making Zero A Reality,” and the University’s goal of Zero Waste by 2020.
Please join us in celebrating Earth Week 2013, and make sure to mark your calendars for the Library and ESG’s screening of the movie, “Bag It”, on Thursday, April 18 from noon-1:00 pm in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library. There will be a raffle of reusable and eco-conscious items, and San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Foundation representatives will also be present. Surfrider San Diego Chapter’s “Rise Above Plastics”’ mission is to “reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.” Both groups are dedicated to protecting our oceans, and their spokespeople will be there to provide information on beach clean-ups and offer other opportunities for individuals to get involved and help protect their beach communities.