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  •  Andy Hernandez, a conscientious consumer for Facilities

    Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
    Andy Hernandez
    In addition to lifestyle choices at home, conscious consumerism can occur in the workplace too. Andy Hernandez, Stockroom Leader in the Facilities Department, has incorporated both ethical and responsible purchasing into his work, benefiting the University at large.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  What's in our water: bottled, tap, and reclaimed

    Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
    Bottled water is advertised as the cleaner and healthier choice for drinking water, but the truth is that bottled water is usually the same quality as the water coming out of your tap. Unlike tap water, however, bottled water poses health risks and is also extremely wasteful. Read more about Santa Clara University's efforts to promote reusable drinking water and to implement recycled water on campus.
  •  Chris Young

    Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012
    SCU disposes 5,385 lbs. of waste, 1,243 lbs. of recycling, and 500 lbs. of compostable materials each day. Our waste disposal operation is a complex process, overseen by Chris Young and the recycling and waste crew. Learn how Chris got involved, what he thinks about SCU's waste and recycling systems, and several initiatives that led to a 20 percent reduction in landfill waste.
  •  Conner Mulrooney, Class of 2012

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
    Conner's work has impacted the Santa Clara community by placing convenient and accessible water filter stations in heavily trafficked areas of campus such as in Benson, Malley Fitness Center, and all residence halls. Conner's work is receiving strong recognition from the community and he's proud that the water filling stations are getting good use and actually working to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles on campus.
  •  Did You Know?

    Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
    ... How the Forge Garden got its name? Learn how SCU's 1/2-acre education and community garden was named.
  •  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.
  •  Chris Freeburg, '11

    Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011
    Senior Chris Freeburg is on a mission: to build a University-wide commitment to be "Water Bottle Free." He sees this project as a means for social change, education, and awareness; it's not simply about forbidding students to purchase bottled water. "This pledge is not just a Band-Aid solution to a problem on-campus; it is part of a larger change of consciousness in our society about our consumption and our waste," Freeburg said. He hopes to garner more support for the "Water Bottle Free" pledge from the campus community during Earth Week.
  •  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.
  •  Stephanie Hughes and the Joy of Garbage

    Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
    Few classes offered at Santa Clara University require sorting through trash on a Friday afternoon. However, twice this quarter, an army of students in hazmat suits marched to the Facilities yard to sort through trash from the Leavey, Loyola, and O'Connor buildings to collect data on SCU's current waste habits. These hands-on experiences are part of Stephanie Hughes' ENVS 10: The Joy of Garbage class, in which students learn what exactly happens to all our things.
  •  Two New Sustainability Certifications

    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
    This was a busy summer for the Office of Sustainability. Two new sustainability certifications were developed: the Sustainable Office Award Project (SOAP) for campus departments and programs, and the Sustainable Event Certification. For both certifications, three levels may be earned...
  •  Profile: Eric Drake

    Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010
    As a man who produces his own food, Eric Drake has clear standards for the quality of food he and his staff serve at the Adobe Lodge.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  New Solar Panels to Boost University's Renewable Energy Portfolio

    Wednesday, May. 5, 2010
    Student tour guides at Santa Clara University often brag to prospective students about Silicon Valley's 300-plus days of sunshine each year. School officials hoping to capitalize on that climatic characteristic recently gave the green light to installing new photovoltaic arrays on several university structures. The project is just another step in Santa Clara's efforts to become climate neutral by the end of 2015.
  •  Profile: Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center

    Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2010
    Santa Clara's Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center affords students, faculty and staff the chance to balance out rigorous mental workouts with physical ones. The 45,000 square foot space, hosting a weight room, multipurpose studio, basketball courts and an outdoor aquatic facility, was definitely a factor when Santa Clara was named on of the Fittest Colleges in America by Men's Fitness Magazine in October 2006. But Campus Recreation and the Malley staff may be just as committed to sustainability as they are to your fitness.
  •  RecycleMania!

    Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010
    This is Santa Clara's fourth year competing in the RecycleMania: a nationwide friendly competition between colleges and universities to promote recycling awareness and reduce campus waste. The competition is a ten-week period that runs from January 17 through March 27.
 

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