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Faces of Sustainability
With passionate motivation and creative solutions, Adam Irino has worked with Athletics and Recreation to make Santa Clara University a more sustainable campus.
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.
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.
What started as a project for a journalism class became one Santa Clara student's online guide to sustainable living for college students. Read more about Mandy Ferreira, '13, and her quest to live more sustainably while sharing her tips on her blog.
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.
Amy Chan (Class of 2006) is the lead coordinator of the San Jose Green Vision. The Green Vision helps to bolster San Jose's economy, show environmental leadership, and improve the quality of life in the community. Amy's favorite aspect of her work is getting to help improve the community.
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.
When Kyle Fitzsimmons' older sister suggested he attend the spring 2008 Search Retreat, the then-freshman took her advice. Little did he know, Search would turn out to be one of the most defining experiences of his college career.
The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University offers many great networking opportunities for students ranging from the Retail Management Institute to the Accounting Association to professional fraternities. Sophomore Adrienne Syme, however, noticed that one important theme was missing from the current selection: sustainability.
When Katherine Quinn-Shea decided to run with fellow senior Sean Brachvogel for the top two positions in student government last year, she saw the executive branch as a vehicle to promote sustainability and initiatives that would get students thinking about their impact on the earth. Looking back on her term as vice president of Associated Student Government of Santa Clara University, it's easy to see how Katherine has turned her vision into action.
Senior Betsy Purner has her finger on the pulse of Santa Clara's social justice scene. In fact, the San Diego native and environmental science and religious studies double major credits her interest in social issues with an increasing awareness of environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Junior Kadee Mardula is involved in many clubs, organizations, and committees on campus - many of them sustainability oriented.