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Andy Hernandez

Andy Hernandez, a conscientious consumer for Facilities

Posted on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
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. Read More »

Energy-clean 2013: Smart microgrid and renewable energy on campus

Posted on 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. Read More »

New Graham residence hall set to achieve LEED Gold certification

Posted on 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. Read More »

What's in our water: bottled, tap, and reclaimed

Posted on 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. Read More »

Chris Young

Posted on 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. Read More »

Conner Mulrooney, Class of 2012

Posted on 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. Read More »

Did You Know?

Posted on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
... How the Forge Garden got its name? Learn how SCU's 1/2-acre education and community garden was named. Read More »

Broncos Move Out and Give Back

Posted on 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. Read More »

Chris Freeburg, '11

Posted on 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. Read More »

Residence Energy Challenge

Posted on 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. Read More »