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Sustainability Summer Series

The Sustainability Summer Series is a chance for SCU employees to learn more about SCU’s sustainability programs. Each session is 1-hour and involves a behind-the-scenes view of a specific campus initiative. Sessions will explore SCU’s waste stream, landscaping/water, housing & residence life, campus recreation, the Forge Garden, dining services, and renewable energy initiatives.

forge garden pathway
The Forge Garden

Tour the Forge Garden and learn how each section of the 1/2 acre contributes to the curriculum, research, student life, and outreach programs. You'll visit research beds, tomato plots, green house, apiary, chicken coop, and compost system. You may even meet Chirpy!

Wednesday 7/10, 10-11am, with Rose Madden.

Dining Services

Learn about vegetarian and vegan dining options as well as pre- and post-consumer food waste composting and recycling. Find out more about the eco-tray program and why Dining Services by Bon Appetit is a leader regarding social, environmental, and economic implications of our food choices.

Wednesday 7/17, 10-11am, with Melissa Reynen.

transferring donated items during move out
Residence Life/Housing

See the sustainable features of Graham Hall and learn about Housing's waste diversion programs. Learn about Residence Life initiatives including CF Sustainability Liaisons and programs to encourage energy-saving behaviors among residents.

Wednesday 7/24, 2-3pm, with Mako Ushihara and Heather Dumas-Dyer.

powered by sweat sticker on a cardio machine
Campus Recreation

Find out why Campus Recreation staff were named 2013 Sustainability Champions. You'll learn about their Zero Waste goal, “powered by sweat” program, and their new carbon offset initiative.

Wednesday 7/31, 10-11am, with Janice DeMonsi.

solar panels
Energy and Climate

Learn about SCU's energy efficiency programs and our plans for reaching carbon neutrality by the end of 2015. You'll hear about our micro-grid, exterior lighting upgrade, and can get up-close-and personal to our roof-top solar.

Wednesday, 8/7 10-11am, with Joe Sugg. This session is limited to 15 participants.

recycle compost and waste bins

Ever wonder where your recycling, compostables, and landfill items go? Tour the Facilities Yard and see how SCU processes roughly 5 tons a day. Get your questions answered by participating in a hands-on waste characterization (optional, but encouraged!).

Wednesday, 8/14, 10-11am, with Eugenio Ramirez.

Landscaping and Water

Learn about water conservation and re-use initiatives on campus. This tour will cover everything from faucets and toilets to urinals and showers! We will also explore the pros and cons of recycled water.

Wednesday 8/21, 10-11am, with Greg Davis, Gary Vargas, and Chris Young.

Dates and Times

Sessions are 1-hour, on Wednesdays throughout the summer. The Series begins on 7/10 and ends on 8/21. Sessions occur either at 10am or 2pm.

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Sign Up

Sign up for as many sessions as your are interested in. There MAY be a prize for SCU employees who attend the most sessions!