On the heels of a successful first year working to make National City more sustainable, San Diego State University’s Sage Project is seeking proposals from other San Diego County municipalities to partner with in the 2015-2016 academic year.
“It has been so exciting to see the amount and quality of work that the students have done, and to know that their work will have a real impact on National City and its residents,” said Jessica Barlow, the director of the Sage Project. “I am looking forward to seeing what we can do with our next partner city.”
The Sage Project is a partnership between SDSU and a local government that continues for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Students, through their course work, engage in meaningful real-world projects and contribute to the quality of life of residents in the city partner’s community.
Calling all communities
Today SDSU put out a request for interest, inviting cities in San Diego County to submit a non-binding statement of interest for consideration as the next Sage Project partner. Statements of interest, which are due by Nov. 15, will include brief descriptions of potential projects as well as information about available funding.
The partnership with National City, which runs through May 2015, has been tied to goals and initiatives in the National City 2013 Strategic Plan and included projects developed in consultation with National City staff and city councilmembers including:
- Street improvements to slow traffic, enhance pedestrian safety, address stormwater runoff, and beautify the area with drought-tolerant landscaping
- Land use analysis and designs for redevelopment of sites in a designated tourism district
- Recommendations for enhancement of the city’s Emergency Operations Plan using social media, technology, and funding
- Improved wayfinding and signage throughout parks, tourist attractions, and high-density areas
- Energy calculations, engineering design and cost/benefit analysis for building-integrate solar cell installation at the public library
- Policy recommendations for cost savings for the city’s general fund
- Analysis of air quality and noise pollution due to industry and recommendations for mitigation of impact on the health and well-being of the city’s residents;
- Needs assessment for community services related to health, safety and social well-being of residents
A broad spectrum
SDSU students from a wide variety of disciplines including anthropology, audiology, homeland security, city planning, engineering, graphic design, public health, recreation and tourism management and marketing, have participated in the Sage Project to date.
The program is based on the highly successful Sustainable City Year Program at the University of Oregon. Like the project in Oregon, SDSU’s Sage Project engages hundreds of students who invest thousands of hours assisting communities in the region as they seek to build a more equitable and sustainable future.
Barlow will be doing a series of presentations this week to the San Diego Climate Collaborative, the County City Managers Association, and the SANDAG Regional Planning Committee to present the program and the RFI. For more information and details on submitting a statement of interest, visit the Sage Project website.