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Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011

Move Out
Finals Week | All Residence Halls

Final exams, end-of-term research papers and group projects are stressful enough without having to worry about final exams, end-of-term research papers, and group projects. The Office of Sustainability is trying to make your week a little easier. Look for post-it notes on residence hall doors to serve as reminders with instructions for waste diversion.

Outside each residence, designated areas will be set up for recycling, old carpets, e-waste, and food, linen and clothes donations.

Recycling
The regular waste and recycling areas will be closed during move-out week to prevent overflow. There will be designated recycling containers near every trash dumpster during move out. Read your building's instructions to find the recycling area nearest you. Bring recyclables such as glass, plastics #1-7, aluminum, paper and cardboard to these areas. Please flatten cardboard items and place next to the bin.

Carpets
We’ll even take your carpets! Please leave your (rolled!) carpets in the grass next to the staked sign labeled "CARPETS".

E-Waste
Electronic waste (e-waste) is anything with a cord or battery. Don't throw e-waste away! If not recycled properly, it can be extremely hazardous to the people that end up dealing with it. If your items work, please donate them to Goodwill or a friend. If not, bring them to the staked signs labeled "E-WASTE" so they can be properly recycled.

Food
Food 4 Fines: bring non-perishable items to the library and receive $2 off your fines for every item your bring. The most-needed foods are powdered milk, peanut butter, meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), 100% fruit juices, and canned foods with pop-top lids. Food 4 Fines continues through June 3rd, at the Library's Circulation Desk.
Second Harvest Food Bank: donate non-perishable items to barrels by Cellar market, donate up to $50 of your leftover food points, or purchase food at the Sidewalk Sale to donate.

Linens
SCU is hosting a linen drive to benefit three organizations: HomeSafe (women and children's shelter), Inn Vision (umbrella organization serving a number of satellite shelters in the Bay Area), and Sacred Heart Center. From May 31 - June 3, green donation bins will be available in the east lobby of Benson (library side). The shelter needs sheets, blankets, pillow cases, towels and washcloths in excellent condition. It also needs twin pillows and mattress pads, but only if they are in new condition (for hygienic reasons).

Clothing
Donations to Goodwill is a great way of keeping your perfectly good reusables out of the landfill! You can bring your items to the large bins in each residence hall from Monday June 6 to Monday June 13. Goodwill accepts clothes in good condition, shoes, boots, records, DVDs, games, toys, books, small appliances, lamps, furniture, linens and tools. A good rule to follow about donating items is that you would feel comfortable giving them to a family member or close friend.

Visit the Sustainability Move Out web site with tips specific to your residence hall.

Author of The Kite Runner, SCU alumnus to speak at graduation
June 11th, 8:30 a.m. | Buckshaw Stadium

The 160th Santa Clara University commencement ceremony will take place on June 11th at 8:30 a.m. Author of The Kite Runner and SCU alumnus, Khaled Hosseini, Ph.D. will address the class of 2011. Hosseini is a fitting speaker for seniors, as they were assigned his national bestseller before their arrival at freshman orientation in the summer of 2007.

“I look forward to speaking to the graduates as they stand on the verge of bringing their ambitions and ideas to a greater world outside of Santa Clara University. It will be my privilege to provoke them to thought one more time before they leave the home of their formal education,” Hosseini told the University press office.

Hosseini's time in Afghanistan and personal experience as a refugee, turned him into an advocate for refugees around the world. He founded The Khaled Hosseini Foundation in 2007, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. Some of the main aims of the Foundation include supporting projects that provide shelter to refugee families, facilitating economic and education opportunities for families and providing healthcare for women and children. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students who have migrated to the United States under refugee status and to women pursuing higher education in Afghanistan.

Graduating senior Ariana Lujan reflected on reading The Kite Runner as an incoming freshman. "Reading The Kite Runner before freshman year began my journey through Santa Clara's education of students as citizens of a global community. The book brought a different world to light and helped me to realize that although circumstances may be wildly different, we all seek a sense of belonging and purpose within the communities that define us. As people come and go throughout our lives, especially during college, we have learning moments that shape how we see our relationships, responsibilities, priorities, and selves" Lujan said.

General seating for commencement is free and open to the entire campus community.

The Sharing Revolution
June 18 | Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View

To help everyone reduce the "stuff" in our lives, Acterra has organized this conference to ignite The Sharing Revolution here in Silicon Valley. Listed as a top trend by TIME magazine, the “sharing economy” is expanding rapidly as people create car shares, neighborhood tool lending libraries, fruit/vegetable exchanges, babysitting co-ops, vacation house swaps, “time banks” and other innovative approaches to reduce our impact on Earth, build community — and save money, too. Bring a couple of friends and neighbors from other community groups. You’ll finish the day inspired and with a plan to get started.

10th Annual CA Higher Ed Sustainability Conference
July 10th-13th | Long Beach, CA

Do you have a burning passion for sustainability? Want to learn how other schools are implementing sustainability initiatives into their campuses and the surrounding communities? Want to spend a few days in Long Beach? Then sign up for the 10th Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

Along with learning about cutting-edge research and curriculum, this year's conference aims to showcase how colleges and universities are moving sustainability into the surrounding neighborhoods, building on the idea of sustainable communities.

While early bird registration has closed, you can still sign-up for the conference at the student price. Scholarships are available as well through the conference planning committee. ESI can help set-up carpools and organize transportation if necessary.

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