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  •  CITRUS: Intentional Living Off-Campus & Beyond

    Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
    Community Initiative To Restore Urban Sustainability (CITRUS), is a cooperative-style and eco-friendly house for SCU students located just a few blocks north of campus. Sustainable living in the house is achieved using a three-pronged approach: responsible resource management, functional design, and community education/outreach.
    CITRUS house
  •  "SCU Unplugged" kicks off the Energy Challenge

    Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
    We are in the midst of the 4th annual Residence Energy Challenge, taking place in February. The Challenge kicked off with "SCU Unplugged," featuring Supertonic, The JurassiC, & The Vanities. Show your enthusiasm: post on the Sustainability at SCU Facebook page, mention @sustainablescu on Twitter, and tag #sustainablescu in Instagram. Read about the event & get ready for the month-long Energy Challenge!
  •  New Graham residence hall set to achieve LEED Gold certification

    Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
    After its completion this September, the new Graham residence hall is set to achieve a US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification in sustainable design. Read about Graham's sustainable features and how LEED Gold certification is quickly becoming the standard for new buildings on campus.
  •  Did you Know?

    Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
    All residence halls at Santa Clara now have duplex printing, which will minimize waste and help residents save on printing expenses.
  •  Students, employees swap clothing; donate to local organizations

    Friday, Jun. 1, 2012
    The 2nd Annual Swap for Good took place on May 14, as the Office of Sustainability and SCCAP partnered to create this clothing exchange and donation drive to benefit local organizations in the community. Read about this event, as well as Move Out 2012 to find out how you can make sustainable choices when moving out and can be a part of SCU's waste diversion and community donation efforts.
  •  Eco-Fashion and Art Show

    Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012
    The 2nd Annual Eco-Fashion and Art Show took place in early February to showcase student designers' talents in creating eco-fashion on the runway as well as artwork in a recycled art gallery. The event raised awareness of garment workers around the world and encouraged people to think about alternative uses and reuses of fashion. Watch a video of the event.
  •  Energy Challenge

    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
    Santa Clara University's Office of Sustainability partnered with the Housing Office to hold the 3rd Annual Energy Challenge this quarter. On-campus residents are competing throughout the Winter quarter to reduce their building's energy consumption. Residents in the building that reduces its energy use the most compared to its historical average will be the winners! The competition is really heating up as residents try to beat last year's savings.
  •  Broncos Move Out and Give Back

    Friday, Jul. 1, 2011
    As our campus residents move out in June, they have been donating their clothes, shoes, and small furniture items to Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley since 2006. Two years ago, Marquita Coe of the Registrar's Office (on behalf of the Staff Senate) added the opportunity for residents and the broader campus community to donate linens to local shelters. Facilities collects carpets and electronic waste (anything with an electric cord or battery) for responsible recycling, besides collecting cardboard and mixed recycling.
  •  Living Green in the Neighborhood

    Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011
    In a partnership with Associated Student Government, the Office of Sustainability developed Living Green in the Neighborhood, a program that helps students in off-campus houses and apartments live more sustainably, celebrates the actions they are taking independently, encourages them to implement more sustainable practices, and rewards them with a prize. The objective: participants carry the ideas of sustainable living with them after leaving Santa Clara and implement them in their future homes.
  •  News

    Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011
    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). More news this month: ESI faculty joins National Academy of Science | New housing opens this fall | Forge Garden Summer Position
  •  What Can I Do?

    Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011
    Tips to reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect while packing up and moving out. Reduce: don't accumulate stuff during the year | Reuse: carpets, lamps, bedding | Recycle: lots of recycling available, see tips specific to each residence hall | Respect: donate to Goodwill in each residence hall lobby
  •  Residence Energy Challenge

    Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
    The Residence Energy Challenge is making a big impression across campus. Open to off-campus residents, the Challenge is a way for students to get involved with sustainability and learn how to save energy. The Housing Office is sponsoring the grand prize; winning residents choose from: a communal Nintendo Wii or PlayStation, tickets to a Giants game (10 tickets/ton CO2 avoided) or a donation of water filters to a Honduras village in the name of the winning building's residents. The winning off-campus house will be reimbursed for its electricity bills during the Challenge.
  •  News and Events

    Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011
    The Residence Energy Challenge | Living Green in the Neighborhood | Winter in the Forge Community Garden | Alternative Bike Parking | Free screening of FRESH | Speaker: Joel Salatin | 1st Annual Eco-Fashion Show | Save Caltrain Summit
  •  Did You Know?

    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
    Over 80 tons of furniture from Swig Hall was donated this summer.
  •  Residence Life Eats Up Compostable Diningware

    Friday, Jul. 23, 2010
    Residence Life at Santa Clara University recently dished out a new initiative chalk full of sustainability - quite literally. Residential Learning Communities began replacing plastic utensils and disposable cups and plates at programming events last spring with biocompostable tableware. The renewed effort reveals a potential to reduce waste and boost compost collection across campus.
  •  Gayle Catterlin, Resident Director

    Friday, Jul. 23, 2010
    Ultimately, Catterlin emphasizes a big-picture approach to sustainability at SCU, focused on bringing in those who have yet to buy-in to the concept by showing them how easily they can modify their behaviors to live with less impact on the earth and a more positive role in society. In her role as a supporter, residential leader, and learner about sustainability, Catterlin has and continues to show how her approach is helping promote a culture of sustainability at SCU, one resident.
  •  Students give back during move-out week

    Friday, Jun. 18, 2010
    For Santa Clara students, the first few weeks of June often bring the tragic collision of warm weather and finals. Mix in move out, and June becomes an all-out sprint to finish classes, catch up with friends, take advantage of sunny days and pack up your life. But in the rush of it all, students this year made a point to slow down and give back, and set a record for donations in the process.
  •  Did You Know?

    Wednesday, May. 5, 2010
    Each year, Facilities, Housing, the GREEN Club, and the Office of Sustainability team up to help campus residents reduce waste during Move-Out in June. This year, even more organizations are joining in the effort.
  •  Residence Halls Gear Up For Inaugural Energy Challenge

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
    Santa Clara University will kick off its inaugural Residence Energy Challenge on February 14 to encourage a low-energy diet for on-campus dwellers. Organizers believe the three-week contest between the university's Residential Learning Communities will unite students to slash wasteful energy use and promote more sustainable living.
  •  Sustainable Living Council

    Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010
    This academic year marked the launch of the Sustainable Living Council to promote more environmentally-conscious habits in Santa Clara University residence halls.
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