Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.95
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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University of San Diego
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Paula Morreale
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

The University of San Diego (USD) has a theme for every year, that defines various activities organized for students by the USD Changemaker Hub.
USD was designated an ASHOKA Changemaker campus due to our commitment to sustainability and ethics and to develop young people into changemakers. The Changemaker Hub themes each year inspired by its vision of creating a more just and sustainable world.

The University of San Diego ONE Challenge is an initiative for uniting students, faculty and staff in employing their imagination, hard work and passion to generate ideas for better addressing a current social challenge. The 2013 Challenge focused on Wasteful Production and Consumption, while the 2014 Challenge focused on Food for Life.

As a Catholic institution, USD also themes each semester according to one of the seven principles of Catholic Social Thought. While the most prominent sustainability theme is the call to "Care for Creation," the other themes also tie in sustainability components.

Each semester, the Center for Educational Excellence selects a book as part of the USD "Just Read!" initiative. For the past two semesters, the novels chosen have been sustainability-focused on issues of pollution and water.

The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
Silent Spring; The Ghost Map

The website URL where information about the theme is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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