October 26, 2017

San Diego Mesa College's Third Annual Sustainability Summit

By Office of Communications

Interactive activity

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

Tags: Student Research, Urban Agriculture, SEEDS Scholar Program, SEEDS, Sustainability Summit

Additional Information


Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
(619) 388-2759