On Friday, Oct. 13 San Diego Mesa College held its third annual Sustainability Summit
event. Various organizations and speakers were present, including representatives
from the Environmental Health Coalition, an environmental justice non-profit, and
Closing the Loop SD, a recycling and composting company. Co-Coordinator of SEEDS Scholar
Program and Assistant Professor of Geography, Waverly Ray, summarized the event, “The
third annual Sustainability Summit exposed students to educational pathways and careers
related to sustainability, hunger, and food security.”
There were interactive “Community Connections” activities that allowed attending students
to ask exhibitors questions, inquire about volunteer and internship opportunities,
and take part in hands on research. Collectively, 132 high school students from San
Diego MET High School, Madison High School, Mission Bay High School, and Kearny High
School attended the event.
The Summit was also an opportunity for SEEDS students to present their agriculture
and environmental science research. Student lunch speakers included Mesa College SEEDS
Scholars Cassie Casares and Claudia Nieto, and former Mesa College student and SEEDS
Fellow Jessica Vallejo. Casares presented research from her summer internship with
the U.S. Forest Service through CSU-San Bernadino, Nieto presented her research from
the UCSD STARS Program, and Vallejo presented on her study abroad experience in Spain.
Exhibitors included: Sierra Club, SanDiego350 – Climate Change Action, San Diego Food
Bank, Feeding San Diego, USDA AgDiscovery Program, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society,
Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, Solid Waste Planning and
Recycling (County of San Diego), Proposed Sustainability Degree at Mesa College, Pure
Water San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park, TerraMesa, and San Diego Audubon.
For more information on the SEEDS Scholar Program and future educational events about
sustainability and agriculture, please visit online at SEEDS Scholar Program or contact Waverly Ray at email@example.com.
Tags: Student Research, Urban Agriculture, SEEDS Scholar Program, SEEDS, Sustainability Summit