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Our Sustainable San Diego

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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.



Story Strolls

People of all ages are invited to take a stroll and enjoy nature-themed picture books at select San Diego Public library locations throughout June 2023. All Story Strolls will include a QR-code accessible Read Aloud in English and Spanish. *These titles will include Braille transcription.


Summer Camps

green sprout watered by hand with droplets


San Diego Public Library is offering a four-day camp, for  tweens where they will learn about achieving a sustainable future, creating a mini garden.

Greater Green Camp (Grades 4 - 6)*

July  17- 20 | 1:00 | North University Community Library | Register here


* a parent or guardian must accompany campers under eight years old.

Southeastern San Diego Youth Climate Resiliency Taskforce

Three teens brainstorming around an easel

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.



Climate Action: The Power of Art and Storytelling Exhibit

This exhibit is a culmination of the task force's collective experiences, gained wisdom, and hopes. The exhibit utilizes art as a storytelling tool to promote awareness and advocacy, their hope is for up-and-coming communities to learn more about climate change and its impact on their communities. They encourage their fellow community members to TAKE ACTION NOW: to be inspired to learn more, make intentional choices, and become community advocates. Through collective empowerment, they believe we can create a truly equitable and sustainable San Diego for all! This exhibit is on display at select San Diego Public Library locations throughout summer 2023.

Climate Action: The Power of Art and Storytelling Exhibit

Exhibit Locations


Valencia Park / Malcolm X Library | May 1 - May 30 | 5148 Market St.


Skyline Hills Library | June 1 - June 30 | 7900 Paradise Valley Road

Sustainability Youth Taskforce


Good Natured: Art and the Environment

Good Natured logo

Central Library | Central Art Gallery | 330 Park Blvd. | May 13 - July 29, 2023

The laws of Nature are not separate from us. They are not a mysterious other; distant and intangible. At a time when vast amounts of scientific data are sounding the alarms of our current poly-crisis (ecology, economy, energy, and equity), our collective experiences implore us to reconsider our environmental impact and the need for reciprocity. Good Natured challenges us to act in this contingent world and ponders the question what it is to be both the problem and the solution. To learn more, visit here.

Climate Change through the Lens of Art + Science

Climate Change Panel Discussion Flyer



May 30, 2023  | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Central Library | Shiley Suite | 330 Park Blvd.

In celebration of the Central Library's newest exhibition Good Natured, we are partnering with in hosting a special panel discussion titled Climate Change through the Lens of Art + Science that invites local scientists as well as artist featured in the exhibition to exchange ideas and opinions on the ways the arts will have a very important role in finding solutions to address our current poly-crisis (ecology, economy, energy, equity). Click here to register.

Sustainability Talks

Sustainability Talks


San Diego Public Library partnered with the City of San Diego Sustainability and Mobility Department to present a series of interactive workshops that centered around the City's landmark 2022 Climate Action Plan. Presentation topics focused on clean energy, mobility, community resiliency and more.

To learn more about the Sustainability and Mobility Department, click here.

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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