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Student-led Sustainability Conference

SDSU hosts bestselling author, Richard Louv, during a conference on sustainability concepts, progress and projects on April 13.
The conference will feature a variety of workshops on community gardens, environmental justice, renewable technologies and more.
The conference will feature a variety of workshops on community gardens, environmental justice, renewable technologies and more.
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Richard Louv, bestselling author, will be the keynote speaker at the conference.

A sustainability conference planned by two San Diego State University student organizations, PowerSave Green Campus and CALPIRG Energy Service Corps, will take place on Saturday, April 13.

“San Diego State has taken tremendous strides to reduce its impact on the planet,” said Mariah Hudson, coordinator for the Center for Regional Sustainability at SDSU.

“Our students have been a key part of this movement so it is fitting that the conference is organized by students.” 

The sustainability conference will feature a variety of workshops on community gardens, environmental justice, renewable technologies and more.

At 4:30 p.m., the event concludes with keynote speaker and bestselling author, Richard Louv.

About Richard Louv

Louv’s newest book, “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder,” discusses the increasing issue of “nature-deficiency."  The term describes people who have lost touch with nature. 

In the book, Louv considers a future in which human beings rely on nature as much as technology, and recognize the health benefits of nature.

Louv is also the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network, an organization focused on building a movement to connect today's children and future generations to the natural world. 

More about PowerSave Green Campus

PowerSave Green Campus is a student-driven, energy efficiency education program that promotes careers in the field, increases awareness of the importance of energy efficiency and encourages academic infusion of sustainability concepts.  

Projects range from energy audits and assessments, residential and laboratory energy competitions, intern-led and faculty sponsored academic courses, green career fairs and energy efficiency technology retrofits.

More about CALPIRG

CALPIRG focuses on educating the masses on alternative energy.  This year the SDSU program joined other CALPIRG groups to take an alternative spring break trip to Lake Tahoe.

CALPIRG assists communities through service projects and events that help homeowners, local nonprofits, and public officials achieve greater energy efficiency. 

The organization also seals leaks around doors and windows, replaces old light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs and refers homeowners to local energy audit and retrofit services.

Attending the conference

The San Diego Student Sustainabililty Conference is from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Check-in for the event will occur at Aztec Mesa on SDSU's campus.

Prospective attendees can register for the conference on the website.

All photos for this article are courtesy of the San Diego Student Sustainability Conference website.

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