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San Diego Public Library is presenting a series of sustainability programs for all ages that aim to bring awareness to climate change. Through inclusive learning opportunities, the library aims to provide meaningful spaces and resources for our communities to become more climate resilient.


Sustainability Talks

San Diego Public Library is proud to partner with the City of San Diego Sustainability and Mobility department for a series of interactive workshops that center around the City's landmark 2022 Climate Action Plan. Presentation topics will cover clean energy, mobility, community resiliency and more. Participants that attend all five workshop topics will earn a certificate and continuing education credit through UC San Diego Extended Studies.

To register for all events, click here.


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Climate Action 101

Learn what the City is doing to address the present climate emergency in an equitable way and how to get involved.

March 4 | 2:00 p.m. | Central Library

April 1 | 2:00 p.m. |San Ysidro Library

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Zero Waste San Diego: Reduce Reuse Recycle

Curious about composting? Discover ways to reduce waste headed to the landfill and learn about the City's plan to tackle waste.

March 11 | 2:00 p.m. | Logan Heights Library

April 8 | 11:00 a.m. |College-Rolando Library

Five kids on bikes

Moving Around San Diego: Transforming Transportation

Vehicles are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in San Diego—but there are alternatives that the City is working towards. Learn what they are and what they mean for the community.

March 25 | 11:00 a.m. | Mountain View/Beckworth Library

March 27 | 5:30 p.m. | City Heights/Weingart Library

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Green San Diego: Building Resilient Communities

Together with Climate Resilient SD and Urban Tree Canopy, take part in a discussion on strategies to make San Diego a climate resilient city against potential climate change hazards.

March 18 | 2:00 p.m. | Linda Vista Library

April 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Otay Mesa-Nestor Library

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The Rise of Clean Energy: Why It Matters

The City of San Diego has a plan to transition to renewable energy and decarbonize buildings—see what steps the City of San Diego is taking to secure a healthy climate, clean air and green power.

April 15 | 11:00 a.m. | Malcolm X/Valencia Park Library

April 22 | 2:00 p.m. |Skyline Hills Library


Spring Camps

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San Diego Public Library is offering two four-day camps, one for kids and one for tweens where they will learn about achieving a sustainable future, creating a mini garden and taking their tastebuds on a trip around the food system.

Little Earth Huggers Camp (Grades 1 - 3)*
March 20-23 | 1p.m. | San Ysidro Library | Register here
* a parent or guardian must accompany campers under eight years old.
Greater Green Camp (Grades 4 - 6)
March 27-30 | 1p.m. | Logan Heights Library | Register here

Story Strolls

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Coming to multiple San Diego locations in May 2023!

People of all ages are invited to take a stroll and enjoy nature-themed picture books along the way at select San Diego Public Library locations, parks and community centers.

Earth Day Celebration

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Every Day is Earth Day: One San Diego
April 29 | 11 a.m. | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Register here
The library is teaming up with the City and community partners for an Earth Month celebration with food, information, giveaways and more!

Southeastern San Diego Youth Climate Resiliency Taskforce

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Together with The Climate Initiative, San Diego Public Library has developed a climate justice taskforce for teens with the aim to educate, empower and activate youth for climate action. These teens will be awarded a scholarship for their commitment and time.
This group will be learning about climate change impacts directly affecting the southeastern San Diego region and will develop and lead a community-based action project to create a more sustainable San Diego.
Sustainability Youth Taskforce

Community Resources

City of San Diego Sustainability & Mobility Department
Offers many programs and services for equitable, efficient and effective mobility choices that support residents of all ages and abilities to enhance equitable, economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Children & Nature Network
Devoted to the well-being of children and nature. Site has access to youth nature resources, games, activities, and a toolkit for families.
The Climate Initiative
Provides young climate champions education and engagement tools to steward our planet and catalyze the transition to climate-resilient communities.
Climate Science Alliance
Safeguards natural and human communities in the face of a changing climate through partnerships and working groups. Their “Climate Kids” program offers community- based projects that provide youth education on climate change through science, art and storytelling.
I am Green
Provides education and engagement tools through workshops, training, and resources through a more holistic approach to empower BIPOC communities to connect community to the planet and each other.
Project WILD/Growing Up WILD
Provides wildlife-based conservation and environmental educational workshops and resources that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.
San Diego Climate Action Network
Focuses on strengthening and accelerating climate advocacy in San Diego County by resource sharing between advocacy groups on a non-partisan basis. Their calendar shows a variety of programs and events for all ages and can be organized by community.
SD Stem ecosystem
Creates a San Diego where every learner is at the center of a rich ecosystem of connected STEM learning opportunities and STEM-supportive individuals. Their site has online STEM resources and an online calendar of local events.
San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition
Creates collaborations for equitable and inclusive solutions to climate change in BIPOC communities of concern.

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We thank the following partners for supporting Our Climate, Our Future: Our Sustainable San Diego.

This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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