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A monthly update from the Center for Sustainability for the Santa Clara University community.

  •  Take Action

    Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
    Tips to take action: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to energy conservation. REDUCE: buy Energy Star appliances to reduce energy consumption | REUSE: try reusable or refillable pens instead of throwing them away | RECYCLE: use rechargable batteries and make sure to recycle them properly | RESPECT: make sure to respect the environment by recycling your e-waste.
  •  Energy-clean 2013: Smart microgrid and renewable energy on campus

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
    With the 4th Annual Energy Challenge just around the corner, students should start thinking consciously about energy use on campus. Read about SCU's new smart microgrid project, its renewable energy sources on campus, and about Proposition 39, which adds clean energy jobs to California's economy.
  •  New Forge Garden Manager looks to expand production, enhance education

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
    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.
  •  News and Events

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
    Apply to the Workplace Sustainability Liaison program | SCU Sustainability Intern writes article on plastic bag ban for Sierra Club newsletter | The Princess Project is seeking donations | Volunteer hours at The Forge are expanding | B.U.G. Presents: Forge Garden Movie Night | The Evolution of Green: Environmental Activism in the Santa Clara Valley | Forge Garden Worshop: Winter Gardening 101
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
    The Environmental Studies and Sciences Department is offering a new course this quarter on water resources. ENVS 160: Water Resources is being taught by Professor Iris Stewart-Frey. Read more about the topics and components of the class.
  •  Take Action

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
    Tips to take action: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to New Year's resolutions. REDUCE: your junk mail with Catalog Choice | REUSE: Take advantage of the EcoTray program | RECYCLE: unwanted items using Craigslist | RESPECT: make at least one homemade meal per week.
  •  Students compost in residence halls through compost pail pilot program

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    The Office of Sustainability, in coordination with the Housing Office, launched a residence hall compost pail program to give 128 residents their own free compost pail for in-room use. Read about the pilot program and how it has expanded SCU's initial composting efforts in 2009.
  •  Campus Recreation Director reduces energy consumption and waste in athletic facilities

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    Janice DeMonsi, winner of the Staff Sustainability Champion Award, has worked to reduce energy consumption, water use, & waste production in the Pat Malley Fitness & Recreation Center. Read about how Janice has contributed to the campus culture of sustainability.
  •  News and Events

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    Economics professor publishes California gardening book | Sustainability intern featured in Athletics waste diversion video | New Workplace Sustainability Liaison program for SCU employees | Family Giving Tree accepting donations at SCU | Home Safe Holiday Party
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    World AIDS Day was hosted at the Locatelli Student Activities Center on December 1st and featured both student groups and organizations in the community. Read more about the importance of this event.
  •  Take Action

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    Tips to take action: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to holiday gift-giving. REDUCE: your use of gift wrapping this holiday season | REUSE: old wrapping materials for your presents this year | RECYCLE: your gift packages and home decorations | RESPECT: the earth's natural resources during the holiday season.
  •  Subscribe

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    Future Sustainability Updates will continue to be distributed to SCU students, faculty, and staff through non-Essential SCU Global E-Mail Distribution Lists. If you are not a student, faculty, or staff member at SCU (or are part of the SCU community, but not on the non-Essential lists) and wish to receive future Sustainability Updates, please join our Sustainability at SCU e-mail list.
  •  SCU collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability

    Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
    Students and staff from the Office of Sustainability and Campus Recreation attended and presented at the annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference last month. After three full days of workshops, sessions, guest lecturers, and keynote speakers, the SCU representatives were excited to return to campus, inspired with many new project ideas.
  •  Contemplative leadership in the Business School

    Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
    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.”
  •  News and Events

    Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
    SCU listed in top 20 colleges and universities for EPA green power purchasing | Environmental Ethics Fellows named | “Green Business” Guru Joel Makower to Speak at SCU | The Business of Smoothies | Screening of “The First 70” | STACK workshop: wreath-making
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
    The Office of Sustainability is offering monthly workshops as part of its Sustainable Tips: After College Knowledge (STACK) program. Come to a workshop to learn how to live more sustainably, now and after graduation.
  •  Take Action

    Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
    Tips to take action: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to leadership and collaboration. REDUCE: printing costs and paper waste | REUSE: old tabling supplies | RECYCLE: electronic waste | RESPECT: the earth's natural resources during the holiday season.
  •  Subscribe

    Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
    Future Sustainability Updates will continue to be distributed to SCU students, faculty, and staff through non-Essential SCU Global E-Mail Distribution Lists. If you are not a student, faculty, or staff member at SCU (or are part of the SCU community, but not on the non-Essential lists) and wish to receive future Sustainability Updates, please join our Sustainability at SCU e-mail list.
  •  SCU Solar Decathlon team back in competition; aims to win in 2013

    Monday, Oct. 1, 2012
    After finishing third overall in the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlons, SCU will compete again this year in the competition, which will be held in Southern California in October, 2013. Read about SCU's history in the competition, including its 2007 and 2009 houses, and about how the team plans to win big in 2013.
  •  Engineering students visit Honduras; plan water distribution project

    Monday, Oct. 1, 2012
    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.
 

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