The first-ever Sustainability Week – a series of events focusing on the contribution
of the arts, sciences, and humanities to our understanding of the planet – was a major
Things got off to a good start on Tuesday, October 20 with the Mesa Organic Garden
Party. Participants were given a tour of the Organic Garden, treated to poetry readings,
music, and art exhibitions. The Garden Party also featured the “Garden of Eden” Fashion
Show, showcasing elaborate garments made by Mesa fashion design students.
Day 2 of Sustainability Week saw faculty members from across disciplines bring their
students together for CrossDisciplinary Dialogues sustainability issues. These discussions
ranged from the usage of sustainable materials in art to California and Mexico’s water
wars to exploitation of Latin America’s natural resources.
On Thursday, a Film Festival took place from 9:35 AM until 4:00 PM. Mesa faculty showed
a variety of films that centered on the sustainability theme.
Nearly 200 high school and college students attended the Sustainability Summit to
round out the week’s activities. Students participated in workshops, learned about
water resources, food security, and climate change, and also heard from guest speakers
from the USDA, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and the San Diego Hunger Coalition.
Mesa faculty and staff led workshop sessions and gave tours of the Mesa College campus.
Students also got to network with professionals in sustainability fields
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