In The Community
USD has provided to the local community an outlet for proper e-waste recycling by opening a student-run electronics waste collection center. This center offers free service and has collected over 100,000 pounds of e-waste since its opening in April 2011. This collection center, the first of its kind on a college campus, diverts e-waste from landfills and developing nations with the goal of raising money for student scholarships. USD also offers the collection of batteries, light bulbs, and ink cartridges, serving as a one-stop shop to educate the community about the harmful dangers of materials associated with those products to landfills.
In 2011 the University of San Diego joined an elite group of colleges and universities from across the country to become a member of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus consortium. The members of this organization have characterized themselves as social innovators through a combination of education, research, and service opportunities. USD’s sustainable practices tie into the social innovation of the Ashoka initiative through current groundbreaking sustainable practices and future green endeavors. These practices are a stepping stone to solving society’s major social issues by changing the system, spreading the solution, and getting buy-in from the community at large to implement their solution.
Members of the Be Blue Go Green Team volunteered to participate in the Linda Vista Multicultural Fair. At the fair, students educated the public of sustainable practices to “green” their homes such as proper home insulation, SDG&E’s home incentives for recycling old household appliances, and the use of LED lights within the home.
Students at the University of San Diego conducted Home Energy Assessments to a local community to help residents understand what they could do to conserve energy. These assessments consisted of interviews and home assessment with the homeowner to find easy and low-cost ways for the homeowner to reduce their energy consumption and increase their home efficiency.
The university provides outreach at the Linda Vista Farmer’s Market to provide the community with information on how to recycle used electronics and as well as additional information of sustainability efforts.