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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Global Arc

Keith Pezzoli’s inspiration and his greatest challenge are one and the same: The number of people around the world seeking to solve global problems is growing by leaps and bounds.
Educators, researchers, scientists, professionals and community organizers across the globe are working to develop community-based solutions for water, food and energy sustainability within specific bioregions. That’s a lot of research and it’s why Pezzoli created the nonprofit Global ARC (or Global Action Resource Center), an effort to bridge sustainability worldwide.

The Global ARC, sponsored in part by the UC San Diego division of Calit2, consists of four main components: Journeys of the Global ARC (a series of global site visits), a Sustainability Database, a Knowledge Commons and selected sustainability-related case studies that will be supported and scaled up by the Global ARC leadership.

“We want to develop an IT backbone that will enable us to visualize what’s happening with all these projects,” notes Pezzoli, who is director of field research and a lecturer in UCSD’s Urban Studies and Planning Program. “And we want to aggregate the information using interactive mapping, visualization and multimedia.”

—Tiffany Fox