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Santa Clara University Among Top 25 Cutting-Edge Green Colleges
Monday, Aug. 11, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 6 -- From the first cup of coffee poured in the morning to the last piece of paper recycled at night, sustainable living is a part of life at Santa Clara University. And, this week the University's efforts are being recognized as the school is named one of the nation's 25 most environmentally responsible by the Kaplan College Guide 2009. The Guide features, for the first time, a list of green private and public colleges from across the nation. The University of California joins Santa Clara University representing the Golden State on the Guide's list.
"Santa Clara provides numerous opportunities for students to become engaged in sustainable efforts here on campus. There are student internships at the office of sustainability, research projects focusing on sustainable food or waste reduction, student organizations, and workshops to guide personal development and reflection. Our ultimate goal is to help each and every student develop a culture of sustainability-we still have a long way to go, but it's nice to be recognized along the way," says Lindsey Cromwell, Sustainability Coordinator at Santa Clara University.
By embracing sustainability, the University furthers its mission to act as a voice of reason, conscience, and service to society. Sustainable projects and initiatives at Santa Clara include:
The Guide also lists 10 hot green careers-from environmental engineering to geothermal development-and includes interviews with professionals from each. The green schools and careers profiles are not rankings. Instead, they give students interested in sustainability and conservation well-researched ideas and a cross-section of options.
To develop the Guide, editors gleaned insights on green schools and professions from a wide array of constituents, including admissions directors, parents, students, and professionals. Kaplan reviewed a range of criteria to formulate its list of 25 green schools. Specific areas examined include: environmentally responsible campus projects; initiatives and courses offered; organizations and student groups on campus; and achievements noted in the Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card 2008. The list highlights schools whose efforts reflect a commitment to long-term sustainability and to encouraging students to make better choices.
To learn more about sustainable efforts at Santa Clara University, visit the Sustainability Web site.
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