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  •  Makena & Paloma: SCU's Food Shared, Not Wasted

    Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
    Makena Wong and Paloma Sisneros-Lobato were inspired to establish the Food Recovery Network at SCU after researching the organization for a project for their upper-division SLURP class.
  •  Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative & Fellow Sean Roe

    Friday, Jun. 6, 2014
    Working with a local business Yolanda's Market. Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative
    Working with a local business Yolanda's Market. Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative
    The Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative provides students with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on business experience. The goal is that the organizations and businesses that NPI works with learn just as much from Leavey School of Business students as the students learn from the organizations.
  •  Food & Agribusiness Institute: Leaders for a Better Future

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
    FAI logo
    FAI logo
    From Ghana to Burma and now Cuba, the Food and Agribusiness Institute takes students around the world to explore and experience challenges and solutions in the modern farming industry.
  •  Frugal Innovation Lab: Engineering solutions for a sustainable world

    Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
    In SCU's School of Engineering, a groundbreaking new program contributes to the University vision of building a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Founded by Professor Radha Basu, the Frugal Innovation Lab (FIL) is an epitome of the School's theme, "Engineering with a Mission."
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  Chris Bacon: Reducing seasonal hunger, food insecurity; food justice research in Nicaragua

    Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
    Assistant Professor Chris Bacon of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences has been conducting research on sustainable food systems and food justice in Nicaragua during the past several summers. Read about how he is working to combat food insecurity and issues of food injustice and hear his advice for creating a more sustainable global food system, which is a critical part of a more ecologically, environmentally, and socially just world.
  •  Measuring snowmelt, water quality; advocate of water-wise decisions

    Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
    Iris Stewart-Frey is an Assistant Professor and water specialist at SCU's Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. She attributes her love of water to her German roots and is currently researching the impacts of climate change on water flow and quality in California. Read more about her unique upbringing, her teaching and research interests, and her advice for conserving water.
  •  Ryan Reynolds re-imagines waste through art

    Friday, Jun. 1, 2012
    Professor of Drawing and Painting Ryan Reynolds has been active in the promotion of sustainability in the arts at SCU. Ryan created "Reduce Reuse Re-imagine" to emphasize the role of arts in developing sustainable communities. Read about this project and about Ryan's efforts to distinguish the importance and impact of the arts in raising awareness of sustainability on campus and in the Santa Clara community.
  •  Walk Across California

    Friday, May. 4, 2012
    Walk Across California is a new class offered this spring at Santa Clara University that takes students on a 15-day walk across the state from Ocean Beach near San Francisco to Yosemite Valley. Read about the inspiration for the class, the issues students will be learning about and discussing, and how the class creatively combines arts and social justice.
  •  Michael Meyer, Ph. D., Philosophy Department

    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
    Professor Michael Meyer, Ph. D., of the Philosophy Department has been passionate about environmental issues since high school. As the creator of the first environmental ethics class at Santa Clara University, Professor Meyer has pursued his passion by educating students about sustainable thinking through an ethical lens. Read more about how Professor Meyer developed this passion and how he continues to practice sustainable living today.
  •  Students define, measure community resources

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
    Students apply their GIS skills on class projects exploring issues like food security in San Jose by measuring the distribution of liquor stores vs. healthier food resources (e.g., farmers' markets or supermarkets). Two students from last fall's class of GIS got jobs after graduation based off of their GIS skills.
  •  More Wheels When You Want Them; Eight New Zipcars on Campus

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
    Santa Clara University has expanded its partnership with Zipcar, bringing 8 new Zipcars to campus. These new cars bring with them a new program: CBL Affiliate memberships. For qualified students, SCU will waive the application fee and the first year's membership fee. In addition, CBL affiliates will also receive 12 free rental hours.
  •  Preserving Campus History

    Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
    We tend to think about sustainability in terms of the present and the future. But how do we sustainably preserve the past? Although most Broncos are familiar with the Mission Church, many are unaware of the efforts that SCU takes to preserve its cultural and historical heritage. The efforts of the archaeological team, the de Saisset Museum, the California Legacy Project, and others on campus demonstrate the importance of preserving our diverse cultural heritage in a sustainable and engaging manner.
  •  Juan Velasco, Associate Professor, English and Modern Languages

    Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
    You won't find Professor Juan Velasco talking about global climate change, energy conservation, or recycling in his courses. He doesn't preach the importance of buying a hybrid vehicle, and is not a member of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department. Yet, students leave his classes with a deeper understanding of sustainability that Santa Clara University seeks to address.
  •  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
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program

    Friday, May. 6, 2011
    Roughly one Friday a month, participants meet for a presentation from their peers about how fields like economics, accounting and marketing are addressing the issue of sustainability. Guest lecturers, professionals from non-profits and big business alike, share how sustainability affects their companies, sparking impressive Friday night dialogue. The following Saturday the group hikes at nearby open spaces like Castle Rock and Big Basin State Park, where they reflect on how to align their future professional behavior with their personal values.
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