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Faces of Sustainability
It only took one student to lead the way for Into the Wild to go from operating out of a student's room to becoming a chartered student organization (CSO). Anderson Barkow '15 was inspired by the Into the Wild vision and will now continue to drive the direction as President.
With passionate motivation and creative solutions, Adam Irino has worked with Athletics and Recreation to make Santa Clara University a more sustainable campus.
Tim Hight, Ph.D., has been the faculty project manager for all of SCU's Solar Decathlon projects. He has seen the project grow into one of SCU's areas of distinction, as the University has placed 3rd in its past two competitions. Read more about Dr. Hight's experience with the team and about the Solar Decathlon's impact on SCU.
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.
Now in his sixth year at Santa Clara, and his fourth as a lecturer in the business school, Bill facilitates a program called Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program (CLASP) for students in the business school interested in exploring sustainability. “Sustainability is included in our mission to educate students,” Bill explains, “And sustainability is about justice in that it implies ‘right relationships’ in our decision making.”
Six SCU undergraduate engineering students from SCU's chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled with their professor to a rural community in Honduras last September to begin the initial surveying process for a potable water distribution system. Read about the project and how it will enable people living in the community to access clean water while empowering them to improve their quality of life.
Professor of Drawing and Painting Ryan Reynolds has been active in the promotion of sustainability in the arts at SCU. Ryan created "Reduce Reuse Re-imagine" to emphasize the role of arts in developing sustainable communities. Read about this project and about Ryan's efforts to distinguish the importance and impact of the arts in raising awareness of sustainability on campus and in the Santa Clara community.
Into the Wild is a group that gives students who are passionate about the outdoors opportunities to go on hikes, camping trips, and to take part in other adventurous activities. Learn how Andrew Noonan, Class of 2014 and current Into the Wild President got involved, what the club is currently planning, and what he hopes for the club in the future.
With Courtney Seymour and Lindsay Gray, both seniors, at the helm of Associated Student Government, the 2011-2012 school year promises to be an active one. Seymour and Gray, who ran on a platform of "safety, school spirit, and sustainability", are passionate about seeing their ideas put into action.
Being creative and being sustainable could be two very distinct and separate qualities. Campus Ministry's Director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries Reverend Aimee Moiso proves this assumption wrong. Recently highlighted at a Human Resources workshop about repurposing, Moiso illustrated how her crafts made from reused and salvaged materials can save money and conserve resources.
Four junior accounting and AIS majors: Katelyn Daley, Rebecca Tien, Shannon Wang, and Linda Young received $1000 from KPMG for their project: "Bronco Urban Gardens Day of Awareness." The juniors' initial proposal involved a friendly mini-competition about eating locally, but evolved into a community event that will bring awareness to the garden, eating local produce, and environmental education. The Bronco Urban Garden Day of Awareness is set for Saturday, May 21 and will offer plenty of fun activities.
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.