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New Opportunities Coming to Campus to Learn and Discuss Sustainability and Environmental Justice

Santa Clara University’s Sustainability Teach-in will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Earth Week. The goal of the week is to spur dialogue about issues related to sustainability and environmental justice. The Commons at Kennedy Mall will host open classrooms, where faculty from several disciplines will lecture on a variety of sustainability-related topics, open to all. Events will also take place at Mayer Theatre and the Learning Commons.
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education responded to President Michael Engh’s challenge to depend and renew SCU’s commitment to sustainability and environmental justice and to become a major center of innovative practice, study, and debate around issues of sustainability. The Sustainability Initiative at Santa Clara included invited guest speakers Debra Rowe, Ph.D., Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Ph.D., and Sandra Postel. The Sustainability Teach-in during Earth Week will feature pioneering educator David Orr, Ph.D., on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre.
In preparation for Orr’s visit, Environmental Studies Lecturer Patrick Archie will lead a discussion at 4:30 p.m. on April 19 about SCU’s Book of the Quarter, David Orr’s “Earth in Mind.” Orr is best known for his work dealing with environmental literacy in higher education. In 1987, Orr organized studies of water, energy, and material use on college campuses across the country, sparking the modern day green campus movement. In 2000, Orr charged colleges and universities across the country to adapt a plan for carbon neutrality. He organized and funded an effort at his own college, Oberlin, to define exactly what carbon neutrality looks like in higher education. Since then, hundreds of institutes of higher education, including Santa Clara University, have made a similar pledge. Read more.

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