2016-17 Lemon Grove

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About Lemon Grove

The City of Lemon Grove is an intimate community of about 26,000 residents in southeast San Diego County. As a small municipality nested within an expansive metropolis, Lemon Grove faces the unique challenge of preserving its unique history and small town charm amidst a largely urban landscape. The city’s small town attributes are not only attractive to residents and visitors, but they also allow for more feasible implementation of rapid and widespread sustainable practices. The City of Lemon Grove continues to gain momentum as a model of sustainability as it seeks innovate ways to address both community and global needs. 

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Lemon Grove Reports 
Summary Report for the 2016-17 Partnership


The City of Lemon Grove received the Outstanding Community Partner Award at the 2018 Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Network Conference for being a model partner city with the Sage Project. The EPIC Network awards only one such award each year.


San Diego Union-Tribune: Lemon Grove breezeway gets updated, fresh look (11/8/17)
SDSU NewsCenter: SDSU’s Sage Project Creates Public Art for Lemon Grove (6/2/17)
The Daily Aztec: The Sage Project hosts research symposium (5/3/17)
SDSU NewsCenter: Showcasing Success of Sage Project (4/19/17)
KPBS: SDSU Students Help Shape Climate Plan in Lemon Grove (3/16/17)
The Huffington Post: The next generation of social entrepreneurs (12/8/16)
San Diego Union-Tribune: Lemon Grove may be first in US to use UN toolkit for climate plan (11/18/16)
SDSU NewsCenter: Sage Project takes US lead on UN climate toolkit (11/16/16)
SDSU NewsCenter: Sage Project announces new city partner (09/06/16)
San Diego Union-Tribune: SDSU’s Sage Project ready to help Lemon Grove (07/25/16)
East County Magazine: SDSU devotes 25,000 student hours to Lemon Grove for Sage Project (07/16)