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Faces of Sustainability

Makena & Paloma: SCU's Food Shared, Not Wasted
Makena & Paloma: SCU's Food Shared, Not Wasted

Makena Wong and Paloma Sisneros-Lobato were inspired to establish the Food Recovery Network at SCU after researching the organization for a project for their upper-division SLURP class.

Lisa McMonagle: Personal Commitment to Food Justice
Lisa McMonagle: Personal Commitment to Food Justice

Some may say she’s passionate, others may say she’s over involved, but if one thing is for sure, Lisa McMonagle demonstrates commitment and drive for sustainable and just food.

Meet the Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG)  Crew
Meet the Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG) Crew

Passion for food justice and sustainability are key components of Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG). Carly and Ruth bring this and more as the Silicon Valley HealthCorps members.

Get to know your farmer: Rose Madden
Get to know your farmer: Rose Madden

Since Rose Madden became the Forge Organic Garden Manager in November 2012, over 150 events occurred at the Forge--including volunteer workdays, courses using the garden as a living laboratory, department gatherings, and gardening workshops. Get to know Rose Madden, SCU's organic garden manager.

Bob Lubecky sustains wholesome dining experience for campus
Bob Lubecky sustains wholesome dining experience for campus

One of humanity's greatest impacts with the earth is the relationship with food. Robert "Bob" Lubecky strives to create a more sustainable dining experience for SCU and in the process, is helping to change the way the food industry works.

New Forge Garden Manager looks to expand production, enhance education
New Forge Garden Manager looks to expand production, enhance education

The Forge Garden recently hired a new Organic Garden Manager. Rose Madden, an SCU alumna, has big plans for increasing fruit and vegetable production at The Forge and for enhancing the garden's educational component. Read more about Rose and her plans for expanding SCU's own community garden.

Chris Bacon: Reducing seasonal hunger, food insecurity; food justice research in Nicaragua
Chris Bacon: Reducing seasonal hunger, food insecurity; food justice research in Nicaragua

Assistant Professor Chris Bacon of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences has been conducting research on sustainable food systems and food justice in Nicaragua during the past several summers. Read about how he is working to combat food insecurity and issues of food injustice and hear his advice for creating a more sustainable global food system, which is a critical part of a more ecologically, environmentally, and socially just world.

Chris Freeburg, '11
Chris Freeburg, '11

Senior Chris Freeburg is on a mission: to build a University-wide commitment to be "Water Bottle Free." He sees this project as a means for social change, education, and awareness; it's not simply about forbidding students to purchase bottled water. "This pledge is not just a Band-Aid solution to a problem on-campus; it is part of a larger change of consciousness in our society about our consumption and our waste," Freeburg said. He hopes to garner more support for the "Water Bottle Free" pledge from the campus community during Earth Week.

Food and Agribusiness Institute
Food and Agribusiness Institute

Santa Clara's Food and Agribusiness Institute (FAI) was established in 1973 in the Leavey School of Business. The graduate institute initially provided an agribusiness MBA, which was later adapted into a food and agribusiness concentration in the early 2000s.

Profile: Eric Drake
Profile: Eric Drake

As a man who produces his own food, Eric Drake has clear standards for the quality of food he and his staff serve at the Adobe Lodge.

Bronco Urban Gardens
Bronco Urban Gardens

The BUG crew is energized and ready to provide fresh, local food and empower the community to make healthy decisions about where their food comes from.

Melissa Reynen, Dining Services by Bon Appetit
Melissa Reynen, Dining Services by Bon Appetit

Thanks to Reynen's efforts, along with several other campus organizations, the Eco-Tray has started to catch on with students and staff.

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Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 sustainability@scu.edu