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Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011

B-LEJIT welcomed by SCCAP 
Not too long ago, the mention of "B-LEJIT" would most likely be met with puzzled looks and a garbled attempt at pronouncing the acronym (pronounced "Be Legit"). Now, not only have the Bronco Leaders of Environmental Justice Investigating Truth increased their visibility on campus through their participation in campus projects such as the Tunnel of Oppression, but starting in the fall, the club will merge with one of the most popular organizations on campus, the Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP).

Tim Carlson, current Vice President for B-LEJIT, is excited about what this integration means for the future of B-LEJIT and for environmental justice issues across campus. "(The merger) shows the importance of the environmental justice movement. Being a part of SCCAP means increased awareness of what B-LEJIT is and the environmental injustice issues it deals with," Carlson said.

Although there will be a transition period as B-LEJIT adjusts from becoming a campus club to a member of one of the largest student organizations on campus, Carlson and current President, Laughlin Barker, are very excited for the process to start. It can be very difficult to add new programs and departments to SCCAP but Carlson is excited to "benefit from SCCAP resources and [to] be a part of the supportive 'SCCAP family.'"

Many people were involved in B-LEJIT's transformation from a campus club to a SCCAP program, including SCCAP President, Madeleine Sears and B-LEJIT founder and SCU alumna Betsy Purner, '10.

The addition of B-LEJIT into SCCAP calls back to Father Engh's inauguration speech in 2009 which stressed the importance of sustainability, specifically environmental equity and justice. Carlson and SCCAP are excited to have a program in which students can further explore issues of environmental justice around campus and throughout the Bay Area.

To learn more or to get involved with B-LEJIT projects, email

Environmental Studies professor elected to National Academy of Science
Peter Kareiva, University Director of Conservation Science Programs at the Environmental Studies Institute, has been elected as a new member of the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the Academy "is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer."

Kareiva's work as chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), along with his continuing achievements in original research contributed to his appointment. At TNC, Kareiva is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners.

Kareiva has authored over 100 scientific articles in diverse fields such as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology and global climate change. His most recent work (co-authored with Santa Clara University Professor Michelle Marvier) is a conservation textbook, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature, which is the first textbook to teach the scientific foundations of conservation while highlighting strategies to better connect its practice with the needs and priorities of a growing human population. Read the full SCU press release.

New, sustainable housing opens this fall
Following in the footsteps of Lucas Hall and the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activities Center, the Campbell Apartments, opening this fall, are the newest addition to the growing number for eco-friendly buildings on campus. The new apartments, built to Build It Green standards, come equipped with the latest in sustainable technology including:

  • gas-condensing tankless water heaters
  • high efficiency dual-flush toilets
  • trash and recycling receptacles made from recycled content 
  • zero volatile organic compound (VOC) interior paints and low VOC interior finishes and adhesives

The apartments will house around 400 juniors and seniors and will feature also feature outdoor barbeques and kitchens, volleyball and bocce ball courts. Rooms are still available for the 2011-2012 school year.

Campbell is just another wave in on-campus housing upgrades. Shortly after Commencement, the demolition of the Graham Residence Center and construction of a new complex begins. The new Graham building will have the same "neighborhood" feel as the current building, but will be one, self-contained building, instead of four. The new Graham will be built to LEED Silver standards and will have a show room for prospective student tours. The complex is scheduled for move-in in September 2012.

Assistant Forge Garden Coordinator Summer Position
This position will entail general maintenance and build-out of the Forge Garden at Santa Clara University including: watering, weeding, plant and soil management, and management of the irrigation system and physical space. The garden coordinator will also organize and host open garden hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

(Go to Broncolink for application information)

Salary: $10/hour
Application close date: June 10, 2011
Position Start and End Date: June 27, 2011- September 15, 2011

The Environmental Studies Institute is an interdisciplinary community of scholars - composed of faculty, staff, and students - dedicated to understanding the interactions between humans and the natural world. The Forge Garden is a campus and community garden committed to education and community outreach.

Qualifications: Gardening or agricultural experience preferred.

Please submit a resume and cover letter. ESI is accepting applications for this position until June 10, 2011 and plans to select a garden coordinator by June 17, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Gray at

Tags: Environmental Justice, News, Research, Residence Life



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