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Sustainability Summer Series

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


7/16 Sustainability Across the Curriculum

With John Farnsworth & Leslie Gray, 12-1 pm
Added to this year's series by request is meeting the most recent members of the Center for Sustainability, the Provost's Office Faculty Associates for Sustainability. Get an inside scoop on SCU's approach to sustainability in academics and hear from the Faculty Associate for Curriculum Development and Transformation, John Farnsworth, and the Faculty Associate for Academic Programs, Leslie Gray, about their work, including the Penstemon Project, teaching resources, the Sustainability Pathway, SLURP, and future academic endeavors.

7/23 SCU's Award-Winning Approach to Sustainability

With Lindsey Kalkbrenner, 12-1 pm
SCU has had an award-winning few months this past academic year! We received Gold in AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and won Acterra's Environmental Business Award for Sustainability - Large Organization. What does this mean and what effect does it have on our campus? Hear how SCU improved from our Silver STARS rating in 2011 and what further improvements our campus is doing to reach our sustainability goals. In this session, you'll also find out--before the public--about which accolade we are receiving next!

7/30 Energy & Climate

With Joe Sugg, 2-3 pm
Learn about SCU's energy efficiency programs and our plans for reaching carbon neutrality by the end of 2015 from Joe Sugg, Assistant Vice President of University Operations. You'll hear about the campus' micro-grid, exterior lighting upgrade, and can get up-close-and-personal to our rooftop solar. This session is limited to 15 participants.

8/06 Harvest at the Forge Garden

With Rose Madden, 10-11 am
Receive a brief tour of the Forge Garden, pick vegetables for the farm stand, and experience the sampling, washing/ prepping, and the behind-the-scenes insight into a working urban garden.

8/13 Waste Diversion

With Chris Young and Eugenio Ramirez, 10-11am
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!).

8/20 Campus Recreation

With Janice DeMonsi, 10-11 am 
Discover how Campus Recreation, led by Director of Campus Recreation Janice DeMonsi, is leading the way in implementing sustainability in the athletics and recreation sector. You'll learn about their zero-waste goal, Terracycle brigades, the "Powered by Sweat" program, and the pilot of the latest carbon offset initiative, the Hoofprint Challenge.

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Veggie Box Deliveries from Catalan Family Farms | All Summer

csa delivery boxes. Photo by Office of SustainabilitySign up for Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) at SCU. CSA boxes are delivered weekly to SCU. Each box includes a selection of local, organic, seasonal vegetables. You can subscribe to receive a full (10-12 items) or half (5-6 items) box once, or as often as you like.

Learn more about the CSA program.
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