Kimberly O'Connell

Environmental Specialist

You helped start AQUAholics Anonymous at UC San Diego. What does this program do?

The mission of AQUAholics Anonymous is to encourage behavioral changes related to saving water and to serve as a networking and collaboration resource for students, staff, and faculty who are interested in water conservation. 

If someone did only one thing to conserve water, what would you recommend?

Eat less beef. A single hamburger requires about 660 gallons of water to produce. Eating 14 fewer hamburgers a year will save the same amount of water as not showering for AN ENTIRE YEAR.

What personally motivates you to be involved in sustainability?

Seeing how the little things we all can do really make a big difference. I am excited to be part of a campus community where so many innovative students, faculty, and staff are actively engaged in sustainability.