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Cliff Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

Changing Course

   
     

UC San Diego has reinforced its standing as one of the nation’s greenest universities by emphasizing sustainability in dozens of classes and seminars ranging from
consumerism to global warming and alternative energy.

“Global Citizens or Global Consumers? Linking your Conscience and your Wallet,” taught by April Linton, professor of sociology, was one of the many classes offered this fall. The course covered the social and environmental impacts of buying clothes and food, and it offered suggestions to students on how to be more green-conscious consumers.

An expert on fair trade, Linton’s goal was to build upon students’ knowledge about issues surrounding global trade, development and inequality and introduce ways students might use that knowledge in their daily life. “The course looks at where the clothes and food we consume come from, how they get to us, and how voting with your wallet can matter,” she says.


Katie Cheng, ERC ’11, says she was impressed by the practical applications. “This course helped me learn about the power I have as a consumer, and it showed me ways in which I can make ­positive and responsible choices as a global citizen.”


This year, UCSD will offer nearly 200 courses with sustainability-related content. Winter Quarter features “Solid and Fluid Earth,” which examines the interactions between the Earth’s dynamic physical systems such as volcanism and sea-level changes and their impact on the environment.

“Economics of Ocean Resources” covers conservation and preservation for living marine resources, and “Twenty-First Century Energy Technologies,” a course offered by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, surveys climate change physics and impacts on energy systems.


—Christine Clark, ’06

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