San Diego State University - The Sage Project: Community Engagement for Sustainable Cities
The Sage Project is a partnership between San Diego State University (SDSU) and a local community for an academic year. Students and faculty work with the city partner staff and with community members to conduct research and propose recommendations, solutions, and new designs to help improve the livability of the city in a manner that is socially, fiscally, and environmentally sustainable and help the city accelerate their long-term goals. Thus, students engage in meaningful, real-world projects and make positive contributions to a specific community in the greater San Diego area. This in turn provides the community with creative ideas and solutions that create momentum for challenging or stagnant projects. This showcase session will provide examples of projects that have been completed with the cities of National City, Santee, San Diego, Lemon Grove, and Tijuana. Projects will demonstrate the following important features of the program model: the interdisciplinary nature of the project efforts, the direct benefit to the community and the university, and the opportunities the experience affords students. There will be brief presentations by key participants in these projects, to include faculty, students, and city staff members who will share their own perspectives on their involvement with the Sage Project, and how these experiences benefited them, the city partner, and the university. Following that, there will be the opportunity for question and answers.