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Sustainability Update

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

  •  Did you Know?

    Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013
    SCU's Forge garden is open during the summer months and has new drop-in workday and visiting hours.
  •  Take Action

    Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013
    Tips to take action: related to celebrations.
    REDUCE: carbon emissions by using a propane grill
    REUSE: popsicle molds for cool treats
    RECYCLE: serve beverages from companies who strive to go zero-waste and recycle resources
    RESPECT: our skies when celebrating, especially with fireworks
  •  Protecting our oceans, protecting our future: OCEANS club and the plastic water bottle ban

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    Students in OCEANS club at Santa Clara explore their passion for marine conservation and ocean protection through partnerships with nonprofit organizations in the community. Read about the club and the work they have done to ban plastic water bottles on campus.
  •  Stephanie Hughes applies water quality consulting experience in the classroom

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    Stephanie Hughes, Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, believes water is one of the most important resource topics of the coming decades. Read about her teaching and research interests and about her experience as a water consultant for Bay Area municipalities.
  •  News and Events

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    Office of Sustainability hires new interns; says goodbye to seniors
    Seniors: take the Graduation Pledge
    Move out volunteers needed--earn free movie tickets
    Our City Forest needs volunteer help the next few weekends
    The Forge Garden Party
  •  Did you Know?

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    SCU students worked on a campaign this year to ban SCU-brand plastic water bottles from campus. Read more about the ban, about Santa Clara's water supply, and about the benefits of drinking tap water. Also, find out where you can fill your reusable bottle on campus.
  •  Take Action

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    Tips to take action: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to water-wise gardening. REDUCE: excess watering by shortening time limits on automatic irrigation systems | REUSE: water by installing a rainwater catchment system | RECYCLE: compost-rich gardens are also water-efficient | RESPECT: the natural climate and neighboring communities when thinking about watering.
  •  Transportation services department brings sustainable programs to students, faculty, and staff at SCU

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013
    In order to help SCU achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2015, the Transportation Services department has worked to bring a number of sustainable transportation options to campus. Read about Zipcar, Dero Zap, and more in this highlight of sustainable transportation at SCU.
  •  Former Deputy General Counsel of the EPA builds climate leaders at the Santa Clara School of Law

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013
    A past Deputy General Counsel of the EPA and Professor of Law at the University of Vermont, Professor Tseming Yang brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in climate change and international environmental law to the law faculty at SCU. Read about how Yang got started in environmental law and about how he is helping to build the next generation of climate leaders on campus.
  •  News and Events

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013
    Nominate someone for the Sustainability Champions Award
    May is Water Awareness Month
    Saturday garden workday at the Forge
    Life After SCU: Entertain on a budget
    Movie night at the Forge
    TOMS Style Your Sole
    Bike to Work Day
    Composting workshop at the Forge
    Invasive Species in the Bay Area
    California Water Policy-Who Gets What and Why
  •  Did you Know?

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013
    SCU is located just across the street from a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus stop. Hop on Bus 22 to head to downtown San Jose, and check out all the museums, theaters, and concerts this area has to offer. Read more about how, when, and where to catch Bus 22.
  •  Take Action

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013
    Tips to take action: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to transportation. REDUCE: pollution by trip-chaining | REUSE: books about reduce, reuse, recycle | RECYCLE: use a certified Green Car Wash | RESPECT: your health with the AIRNow Mobile App.
  •  SCCAP provides service opportunities for students, models way for Broncos to give back

    Friday, Apr. 5, 2013
    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.
  •  SCU alumni take on "Leavey Challenge" to raise over $1 million for the Santa Clara Fund

    Friday, Apr. 5, 2013
    The Leavey Challenge seeks to raise over $1 million for the Santa Clara Fund this year. The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation will donate $1 million to the Santa Clara Fund if at least 9,000 SCU undergraduate alumni make a donation of any amount. Read more about the challenge and learn how you can give back and leave a legacy at SCU.
  •  News and Events

    Friday, Apr. 5, 2013
    Sustainability internship opportunity with City of Cupertino
    The Forge Garden Showcase
    Santa Clara University Community Day of Service
    Forge movie night
    Aquaponics workshop
    Great American Litter Pick Up Day
    Swap for Good donation collection and shop
    Earth Day Festival
    Malley Happy Hour for Earth Day
    Wild & Scenic Film Festival
    Brown Bag Series: Organic Gardening 101
    Solar Decathlon Groundbreaking event
    Eco-Fashion and Art Show
  •  Did you Know?

    Friday, Apr. 5, 2013
    April is the National Month of Service, and to celebrate, student organizations and departments at SCU have planned a Broncos Giving Back week full of events and programs to raise awareness about local and national community programs. Read more about Broncos Giving Back and view the schedule of events.
  •  Take Action

    Friday, Apr. 5, 2013
    Tips to take action: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to giving back. REDUCE: join a sustainability organization and work on a campaign like the water bottle ban | REUSE: returnable glass milk bottles and ice cream cones | RECYCLE: your hair with Locks of Love | RESPECT: adhere to and inform others of SCU smoking policies.
  •  Society of Women Engineers helps high school girls achieve full potential as leaders, engineers

    Friday, Mar. 1, 2013
    Nearly 55 percent of college undergraduates are women, but they account for only 20 percent of all engineering students in the United States. Santa Clara University's chapter of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is working to engage more women in the field of engineering in their academic and professional lives. Read about SCU's chapter and the work they have been doing on campus and in the Santa Clara community.
  •  Ecofeminism professor models the way for pursuing personal and professional sustainability

    Friday, Mar. 1, 2013
    Professor Sherry Booth, a champion on campus for sustainability and feminism, teaches the only ecofeminism course at SCU. She is also an advisor to the Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Program (SLURP) and a member of the University Sustainability Council. Read about Sherry's classes and hear her advice for women who want to pursue sustainability in their lives and careers.
  •  News and Events

    Friday, Mar. 1, 2013
    Loyola RLC wins Energy Challenge
    Catalan Family Farm delivers produce boxes to campus
    Seniors: Sign the Grad Pledge
    B.U.G. Elementary School Garden Workday
    E-waste drive with Green Mouse Recycling
    Earth Day Festival Planning Committee
    International Zero Waste Week
    Earth Hour
    The Forge Showcase


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