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Friday, Jul. 1, 2011

[Bronco Hoofprint] Student Carbon Footprint Calculator

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.

The team noticed the need for a student-centered carbon footprint calculator when they couldn't find an online tool right for them. Since students typically live in residence halls and walk (or skateboard) to class, they don't have control over many of the greenhouse gas emissions sources as typical carbon footprint calculators measure.

Using SCU-specific data, the students developed a tool specific for Santa Clara University Broncos. Students identify their residence hall (emissions vary based on building size and whether or not the residence hall is air conditioned, for example), answer questions about their diet, and provide information about their airplane travel.

Listen to a "Voice of America" radio newscast of Samantha Juda describing the project.

Read more and use the calculator tool.

Art Exhibition Explores Homelessness: 1930's to Today
deSaisset Museum upcoming exhibits explore the "3 Rs". No, not "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," rather "Relief, Recovery, and Reform," the "3 R's" of the New Deal. Exhibits opening on July 29 will explore social (in)equities and economic issues like the New Deal, poverty, and homelessness. The following are excerpts written about the exhibits.

  • "Hobos to Street People compares artistic interpretations of homelessness from the Dust Bowl migrants of the 1930s to the stigmatized street people of today—with a focus on California."
  • Between Struggle and Hope: Envisioning a Democratic Art in the 1930s "Studies and photographs for several murals point to the cultural and historical background that deepens the sense of place. Works by Anton Refregier, Herman Volz, Lucienne Bloch, and others give a sense of the vision of a broadly accessible culture that seeks to unite the communities with their history."
  • This Camera Fights Fascism: The Photographs of David Bacon and Francisco Dominguez: "Like the so-called Okies of the Depression, many of today's migrants have been displaced by environmental degradation and wider economic forces."
  • The Changing Face of Homelessness: A Collection of Portraits by Santa Clara University Photography Students. "This exhibition features a collection of portraits created by Santa Clara University students who enrolled in the course, Exploring Society through Photography, taught by Renee Billingslea. As part of the course, students worked closely with individuals living in local shelters to create photographic portraits."

Read more about the deSaisset Museum's exhibitions.

Santa Clara University Receives National Recognition for Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Santa Clara University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Santa Clara was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the fifth consecutive year the university received this award.

There are several programs at Santa Clara—across all disciplines—that offer students opportunities for active engagement, research, and service oriented-learning. One such program, Arrupe Placements, includes approximately 50 community partners throughout Santa Clara County and, each year, allows nearly 1,200 students to learn through community engagement. The university also implemented its new core curriculum in 2009, which requires students to participate in some form of community-based learning during their undergraduate years.

Read the SCU Press Release.

Santa Clara University's School of Engineering to Launch New Scholar Program for Photovoltaic Research with $1.3 Million Gift
Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering will receive an anonymous gift of $1.3 million from an engineering alumnus and his wife from the San Francisco Bay Area to help create some of the country’s top students in the field of renewable energy.

“This is the first substantial donation to our energy program following our successes in the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon competitions,” says Godfrey Mungal, Santa Clara University School of Engineering dean. “It comes at a very exciting time for us as we begin celebrating our 100th anniversary and a century of engineering excellence here at Santa Clara University. Energy is a prime focus for us as we move into the next 100 years of educating leaders of integrity to solve the world’s most challenging problems and we are so appreciative of this gift that will, we hope, be just the start of more support for this important program.”

Read the SCU Press Release

Alum John Cruden named President of Environmental Law Institute
John Cruden ’74, the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, is the new president of the Environmental Law Institute, which calls itself “an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection by improving law and governance worldwide.”

Read more

New Department at Santa Clara University to Prepare Students for Studies and Careers in Environmental Fields

SCU approved the creation of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS) in response to the growing need and interest in understanding and solving environmental problems. “The establishment of a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences demonstrates and deepens Santa Clara University’s commitment to fashioning a world that is just, humane, and sustainable,” says Michelle Marvier, the new chair for ESS. When the university first offered environmental science and environmental studies as majors in 1999, only one student studied it. Today, 122 students are majoring in either environmental science or environmental studies and 20 more are minoring in environmental studies.

Read the SCU Press Release

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