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  •  Hari Mix: Mountaineer and Environmental Scientist

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
    Hari Mix, Photo courtesy of www.hmix.org
    Hari Mix, the newest member of the Environmental Studies and Sciences faculty, loves mountains. Climbing mountains, studying mountains, and protecting mountains.
  •  Athletics & Recreation Sustainability Initiatives

    Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014
    Bucky recycling. Photo courtesy of the Center for Sustainability.
    Athletics and Recreation has undertaken numerous projects to integrate sustainability into the lives of all Bronco athletes, fitness lovers, and Malley Center users.
  •  2014 Residence Energy Challenge

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Lights out, SCU! This year, we have two leagues for the competing residence halls. Find out what you and your RLC can do to get ahead in 2014 Residence Energy Challenge.
    Energy Challenge 2014 logo
  •  Tonya Nilsson: Engineering a Better Future

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Profile: Tonya Nilsson
    As both a teacher and leader, Tonya Nilsson has been a forerunner in our University’s effort to promote a culture of sustainability on campus and throughout the world.
  •  Did You Know?

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Do you turn off your computer at the end of each day? Computers that have not been shut down, even when not in use, consume watts of energy. Learn about a great program on campus to reduce the energy usage of our computers.
  •  Take Action: Energy and Climate

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Tips to reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect regarding energy & climate
    REDUCE: time spent indoors
    REUSE: textiles & clothes
    RECYCLE: cell phones & electronics
    RESPECT: facts about climate change
  •  Fresh from the Forge Garden

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    How much energy goes into producing your food? Learn how to cook "low-carbon" meals during The Forge Garden's Valentine's Day Social.
  •  "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!
  •  SCU Solar Decathlon faculty advisor inspires students; leads the way in 2013

    Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
    Tim Hight, Ph.D., has been the faculty project manager for all of SCU's Solar Decathlon projects. He has seen the project grow into one of SCU's areas of distinction, as the University has placed 3rd in its past two competitions. Read more about Dr. Hight's experience with the team and about the Solar Decathlon's impact on SCU.
  •  Did you Know?

    Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
    Did you know: SCU’s electricity use per square foot has decreased 16 percent since 2008. Read more facts about Santa Clara's energy usage and progress toward our climate neutrality goal at the end of 2015.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  News

    Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
    Katherine Lucey founded Solar Sister in Uganda a year ago, using the Avon model of distribution to empower women as entrepreneurs and to bring energy into poor rural homes in Africa that would otherwise be in the dark or be forced to use unsustainable and unhealthy energy sources such as kerosene for light. Lucey is one of 19 socially minded entrepreneurs from around the world who will come to Santa Clara University, August 7-19, as part of the 8-month intensive Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) program that helps them sustain and scale their businesses to maximize impact on underserved communities. ALSO THIS MONTH: New Master's Degree Program in Sustainability | Years-of-service gifts promote sustainability | Canning basics workshop taught SCU employees basics of home preserving
  •  News

    Friday, Jul. 1, 2011
    A student team developed a carbon footprint calculator for use at SCU, part of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' Environmental Ethics Fellowship. The tool measures SCU students' greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use, waste production, partying, travel to and from home during vacations, food consumption, and more. Samantha Juda, '13, was interviewed on a national radio news program about the online tool. More news this month: Art Exhibition Explores Homelessness: 1930's to Today | Santa Clara University Receives National Recognition for Community Service | Santa Clara University's School of Engineering to Launch New Scholar Program for Photovoltaic Research with $1.3 Million Gift | Alum John Cruden named President of Environmental Law Institute | New Department at Santa Clara University to Prepare Students for Studies and Careers in Environmental Fields
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Jul. 1, 2011
    The solar panel system on Benson Memorial Center is the largest project of its kind built to date in California.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  Chris Watt, Director of Utilities, University Operations

    Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
    It's pretty difficult to spend a day on campus without noticing something the University is doing to reduce energy consumption and increase its reliance on renewable energy. Students, faculty, and staff, more often than not, pass by without giving these initiatives a second thought. Though Chris Watt, Director of Utilities and Contract Maintenance, claims his last name had nothing to do with spurring him into a career dealing with energy, he has thought about the University's energy consumption on a daily basis for 25 years.
 

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