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  •  ESS Students Work on Green Rhinos Program In India

    Original article from the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department

    By Lauren Cloward '16

    During the summer of 2015, I interned at the Association for Social and Environmental Development (ASED) with Erika Francks '16 in Kolkata, India through SCU’s Global Fellows. The organization’s Green Rhinos Program works for nature conservation by creating youth nature leaders. Students participate in biodiversity seminars and leadership trainings before implementing a six-month conservation project in their community. The program is currently underway in Kolkata, Delhi, Siliguri, and the Sundarbans, a low-lying, rural coastal region which spans across eastern India and part of Bangladesh.

    Erika and I made a promotional video for this program and visited schools which were involved with it, helping out during the different steps of the process. One of the best parts of our internship was the opportunity to visit a village in the Sundarbans which didn’t have electricity. We interacted with the students there, whose conservation project was to plant 20,000 trees to mitigate the effects of climate change.

    While visiting a school, one of the teachers asked if they could get solar lights, or funding for supplies, instead of doing the tree planting. While the planting is ongoing, I thought that this question from the teacher embodied a lot of the issues facing this area. It is challenging to think in the long-term when rudimental needs are missing. Why keep a child in school when they could help earn money for your family? Why participate in the Green Rhinos Program in a place where kids are unlikely to continue their education? However, work like the Green Rhinos Program is absolutely necessary for precisely these reasons. If change is to occur, perspectives need to be fundamentally altered. Merely distributing money or goods is not the solution, as is traditionally the approach of charity and aid provision. The community has to be involved in its own improvement in order to see lasting results. In the case of India, part of the problem lies in that the colonial system of education is still in place and discourages independent thinking. The Green Rhinos Program recognizes these considerations in its approach; I feel proud to see this kind of work firsthand, even though the work is just beginning.

    Lauren is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science and works as the Events and Outreach Coordinator for the FAI team.

  •  Nepal 2016 immersion application now available!

    Apply today to join the Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Fall Immersion to Nepal in 2016!

    Application deadline is October 13th, 2015!

    Trip dates: September 1-15, 2016 (dates subject to change)

    Pick up an application in the Food and Agribusiness Institute Office, Lucas Hall, Suite 111, or access the form through Google Drive here.

    If you have any questions, contact Carol Goad at 408-554-4086 or

    The Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Immersion is designed to help students meet their social justice-oriented experiential learning requirements while learning about issues related to food production and consumption, hunger, poverty, and the environment.

    The course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections and a 14-day immersion in Nepal interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds for experiential active learning. The two-quarter Business 151 course examines the history, culture, educational system, economy, agricultural sector, and political and governmental structure of Nepal. Students examine Nepal’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Each student is required to submit written reflections and participate in team presentations about various aspects of Nepal.

    The goal is to increase students’ understanding of the challenges associated with equitably distributing the rewards of economic development within the socio-cultural and environmental contexts of a low-income Asian country.


  •  The Business of Beer: Beer (Re)volution




    Join us for our second annual beer panel and tasting event, The Business of Beer. This year, the event will take place on October 23rd from 5:00 to 8:30 pm in the Mission Gardens. Our panel discussion will consider the (re)volution of beer, examining how the industry has changed in the past 30 years and how both new and established companies differentiate their beers in a crowded market.

    Our confirmed panelists include:

    Ron Lindenbusch

    Chief Marketing Officer at Lagunitas Brewing Company

    Blaine Landberg

    Founder and Passionate Brewer at Calicraft Brewing Company

    Emily Thomas

    Owner and Brewer at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

    Our panel will be moderated by:

    Ken Weaver

    Beer Editor at All About Beer Magazine

    We will be having samplings from:

    Lagunitas Brewing Company

    Calicraft Brewing Company

    Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

    21st Amendment Brewery

    Hermitage Brewing Company

    Strike Brewing Company

    Eight Bridges Brewing Company

    Dust Bowl Brewing Company

    General Admission ($30) includes the panel discussion, buffet dinner, and beer sampling.

    In the meantime, follow us on Facebook or Twitter for posts on news and trends relevant to the beer industry.

    See photos from Business of Beer 2014 here.


  •  The FAI & Grand Reunion Present: The Business of Ice Cream


    Join us for a panel featuring the following speakers:

    Robert Kilmer '84

    President of Dreyer’s Ice Cream for Nestle USA

    Sherri Boismenu

    Director of Operations for CREAM

    Chris Leahy

    Owner of Mission City Creamery

    Victoria Wentworth

    Owner of Curbside Creamery

    The panel will be followed by a free ice cream tasting, as well as an FAI Alumni Reception at 5 pm.


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