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Faces of Sustainability

Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative & Fellow Sean Roe
Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative & Fellow Sean Roe

The Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative provides students with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on business experience. The goal is that the organizations and businesses that NPI works with learn just as much from Leavey School of Business students as the students learn from the organizations.

Tonya Nilsson: Engineering a Better Future
Tonya Nilsson: Engineering a Better Future

As both a teacher and leader, Tonya Nilsson has been a forerunner in our University’s effort to promote a culture of sustainability on campus and throughout the world.

Thane Kreiner: Directing global innovation-based entrepreneurship
Thane Kreiner: Directing global innovation-based entrepreneurship

When the opportunity to be at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) arose, it was a dream come true for Thane Kreiner, one that came a bit early, yet fulfilled his desire to work on science and technology purely for social benefit.

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.

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.

SCCAP provides service opportunities for students, models way for Broncos to give back
SCCAP provides service opportunities for students, models way for Broncos to give back

Santa Clara's Community Action Program (SCCAP) provides opportunities for over 400 students every quarter to volunteer in Bay Area communities, serving local people in need. Read more about how SCCAP models the Jesuit ideals of a service-oriented education and promotes the spirit of Broncos giving back.

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.

Engineering students visit Honduras; plan water distribution project
Engineering students visit Honduras; plan water distribution project

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.

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.

Ryan Reynolds re-imagines waste through art
Ryan Reynolds re-imagines waste through art

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.

Laurie Laird, Ignatian Center
Laurie Laird, Ignatian Center

On a Sunday morning, you could find Laurie riding her tandem bicycle through San Jose with her husband. On a daily basis, she cycles to SCU as many days as she can, although she finds riding in the rain particularly unpleasant. Read about Laurie's interests and how they relate to her professional life on the Mission Campus.

Marquita Coe, Assistant Registrar
Marquita Coe, Assistant Registrar

Marquita Coe, Office of Registrar, serves as co-chair of the Staff Senate's community service committee. Through this role and as a volunteer working with the Ignatian Center, Marquita has helped plan and promote various projects with local campus and community organizations.

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