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SDSU’s Sage Project partnered with the City of Lemon Grove for the 2016-17 academic year. (Courtesy: City of Lemon Grove) SDSU’s Sage Project partnered with the City of Lemon Grove for the 2016-17 academic year. (Courtesy: City of Lemon Grove)

Showcasing Success of Sage Project

SDSU students will showcase the results of their work in Lemon Grove at an April 24 symposium.
By Katie White

Students from more than a dozen academic disciplines at San Diego State University will come together to showcase the results of the Sage Project’s collaboration with the city of Lemon Grove since the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year.

Nearly 800 students from more than 30 classes tackled a variety of issues in Lemon Grove as part of their course curriculum. With the help of 19 faculty members, the students analyzed the city’s urban areas, created an infrastructure maintenance and improvement project, developed a wall mural, and worked on branding for the city.

Students also applied the recommendations from a United Nations (UN) Habitat toolkit in their work with city officials. Thanks to the partnership with SDSU’s Sage Project, the City of Lemon Grove became the first city in North America to use this toolkit, which assists with developing a plan to reduce carbon emissions and create more sustainable, environmentally friendly communities.

“Officials from Lemon Grove will now review the recommendations students made as part of their coursework through the Sage Project, which will allow the community to move forward on major initiatives” said Jessica Barlow, director of the Sage Project. “Through their work, students are helping to make a real difference in the Lemon Grove community and they take away important hands-on work experience.”

Presenting their work

The Sage Project Symposium is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, in Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The event features presentations of student work in the disciplines of geography, public administration, finance, city planning, political science, civil engineering, economics, and graphic design.  

The symposium is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending are asked to RSVP.

More about the Sage Project

The Sage Project was founded at SDSU in 2013 and is modeled after the Sustainable City Year Program created nine years ago at the University of Oregon. Both programs are members of the Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities Network that aims to expand the partnership model internationally. In the past four years, more than 3,000 SDSU students have tackled multiple real-world projects in National City, redesigned two parks in Tijuana and worked closely with officials in Santee and San Diego to implement changes that support livability.