San Diego State University

Metrics

University
San Diego State University
Program
The Sage Project
Years
2013-Present
Case Type
Program Stories
School Size
20,000 - 40,000
Focus Areas
Democratic Governance, Economic and Social Inclusion, Environment Sustainability
Discipline
Art, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, Design, Engineering, Finance, Geography, GIS, Graphic Design, Nonprofits, Placemaking, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Transportation
Region
USA

The Sage Project

Website | sage.sdsu.edu
Twitter | @SageProjectSDSU
Facebook | @SDSUSageProject
Instagram | @thesageprojectsdsu
LinkedIn | The Sage Project
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The Sage Project is a program within the Center for Regional Sustainability at San Diego State University with a simple goal: tackling sustainability goals through community-based projects. Thousands of university students are eager to use their knowledge, skills, and creativity outside of the classroom, and faculty need impactful projects to offer these students. The Sage Project establishes partnerships with local communities that give SDSU students access to dozens of projects each year developed in close collaboration with the community. The result is a sustainable relationship between the university and surrounding communities. University faculty are given the connections and resources to seamlessly incorporate community-based projects into their courses, university students learn through real-world projects, and partner communities get immediate access to dozens of instructors and researchers at the cutting edge of their fields plus students with the drive and fresh perspective to offer innovative solutions to the community’s pressing problems.

The Sage Project has two sister programs within the Center for Regional Sustainability: BrightSide Produce San Diego and the Social and Economical Vulnerabilities Initiative (SEVI). As a social venture committed to reaching food insecure customers in under-served communities, BrightSide Produce represents each of the Center’s values and overarching vision. SEVI is a collaboration between experts from diverse disciplines examining the issues of homelessness and housing in the San Diego region. Sage is also affiliated with two SDSU Big Ideas: The Community Climate Action Network (CCAN) and Addressing Homelessness. Through all of our programs and initiatives, CRS aims to expand its programming to continue to make an impact on students, faculty, staff and the greater community at large, and to set an example for institutions around the world. By design, Sage and its sister programs help to move SDSU toward the “Fifth Wave” institutional goal of a culture that is transdisciplinary, collaborative, and problem-driven, by addressing global challenges at a local level, through collaborations across campus and with partners from business, government, nonprofits, and education.

Fun Facts about Sage

Sage has gone international via a partnership with the City of Tijuana, Mexico, on a project focused on helping improve parks through community engagement and education. In addition, through partnership with Sage, the City of Lemon Grove, CA, was the first US city to apply the UN Habitat’s climate action planning toolkit. Sage has also partnered with the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, a regional office of the California Water Boards, a State agency.

Year Program Established | 2013
Country | US
Federal Region of Program | 9

Public or Private Institution | Public
Number of students at institution | 35,000


Highlight Videos and Articles

SDSU Students Help Shape Climate Plan In Lemon Grove by Erik Anderson
Lemon Grove breezeway gets updated, fresh look by Karen Pearlman
Lemon Grove may be first in US to use UN toolkit for climate plan by Gary Warth
Project makes students city planners by Gary Warth
Student, city project goes international by Gary Warth
Universities Lend a Hand with Sustainability by the EPA’s Net Zero program
SDSU Devotes 25,000 Student Hours to Lemon Grove for Sage Project by Jonathan Goetz
Municipio lanza programa “Comuniparques” by the San Diego Red
SDSU NewsCenter: Mapping Out a Decades-Old Environmental Threat by Jeff Ristine
The Nation’s Health: California students adapt United Nations climate tool for universities by Aaron Warnick

City Partners

2013 | National City • Population: 60,000
2014 | National City • Population: 60,000  
2015 | National City • Population: 60,000  
2015 | Santee • Population: 56,000
2015 | San Diego • Population: 1,300,000
2015 | Tijuana • Population: 2,000,000
2016 | Lemon Grove • Population: 26,000
2017 | Lemon Grove • Population: 26,000
2018 | Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve
2019 | Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve
2019 | La Mesa • Population: 60,000
2020 | San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
2021 | San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
2021 | Lemon Grove • Population: 26,000
2022 | Lemon Grove • Population: 26,000

Contact Info

Jessica Barlow
Program Director
(619) 594-3807
jbarlow@sdsu.edu

Kristofer Patrón-Soberano
Program Administrator
(619) 594-0103
kpatron@sdsu.edu