A-ha, we have a good start. Right after I sent in my last post, hoping to jumpstart the discussion, we received two great comments. … The most recent one, from Tyler Lau, raises some of the same questions I raised in my last post.

As an ESYS grad (2008), these are issues students dealt with everyday during our time at UC San Diego. Given these economic times, I hate to be pessimistic, but people are more likely to bypass thinking about the environment over their own well being, which is understandable. Being a student, it is hard to balance priorities when you are worrying about paying bills and doing well in your courses. I do appreciate the work UC San Diego is doing to promote green issues, even moving toward a more sustainable future on the campus itself; but reaching out to the entire student body is a tough task, just as reaching out to the general public is. I hope we can continue the green movement and encourage everyone to contribute to solving the problems we face today and will face in the future.

Is concern about our environment being overshadowed by the deteriorating state of our economy locally and nationally? What about it folks?

Jessica said:

Is it really appropriate for residents and businesses to continue planting water-intensive landscaping, such as grass, in our dry climate? Furthermore, it seems as though efforts for conservation, such as the 20-Gallon Challenge, are not meeting their estimated goals, meaning that new strategies for reaching out to the public and increasing conservation and efficiency are needed.

With our continuing drought, water is likely to be a continuing hot-button political issue in San Diego. This week is the week of the Buick Invitational, so maybe some of you golfers have comments to this one. … Should we in San Diego continue to use our precious water to maintain landscaping and golf courses? As Jessica points out, half of our region’s water is used for irrigation and landscaping.

— KIM MCDONALD

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