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Posted on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Catalan Family Farm delivers produce boxes to campus
The Office of Sustainability has taken over coordination of SCU's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to buy boxes of produce from Catalan Family Farm every other week and pick it up on campus. Boxes include fresh seasonal produce and alternating weeks of fruits, frozen soups, and homemade salsa. One box that will feed a family of four is $25. Subscribers who order 10 or more boxes only pay $22 per box.

Catalan Family Farms is an organic farm in Hollister California owned and run by Maria Catalan. Maria is one of the first Latina immigrant women to own her own farm. Maria runs the farm with her three children. She believes in organic farming and sustainable farming practices, including water conservation, composting, and using cover crops.

Boxes delivered to Santa Clara will start in the beginning of March and will be delivered every other Tuesday. Boxes will include a variety of seasonal produce including (but not limited to) apples, cucumbers, kale, beans, leeks peanuts, cherries, garlic, grapes, squash, tomatoes and walnuts. This is fantastic opportunity to eat fresh, local and support California women organic farmers. Thank you to Laurie Laird and the Ignatian Center for building SCU's relationship with the Catalan family and coordinating the CSA for many years. The Office of Sustainability is happy to be a part of this campus tradition!

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Maria Catalan’s TEDxFruitvale talk.

Sustainability Panel
Feb. 5, 6:00 - 8:00 pm | California Mission Room, Benson Memorial Center
Are you interested in sustainability? Would you like to learn more about this field which includes clean energy, electric cars, green construction, and more? Come and listen to alumni who graduated with degrees in Communication, Engineering, Philosophy, Business, and many others. The program includes a formal panel followed by a networking reception where you can get all your questions answered and meet the panelists, other alumni and students.

More information.

The Legal Issues of Cleantech Finance
Feb. 7, 5:30 - 9:00 pm | Benson Center Parlor
Financing for emerging clean technology has changed drastically over the last few years as venture capital has contracted and government subsidies are in a state of fluctuation. This symposium focuses on what attorneys and businesses are doing to obtain and structure financing for clean energy and other emerging clean technologies to grow in a climate of uncertainty.

More information and registration.

Zero-Power Hour
Feb. 11, 9 - 10 pm | All on-campus residence halls
Celebrate the first week of the Energy Challenge with your RLC by powering down, turning off, and unplugging as many lights, appliances, and devices in your building as possible. Look for more info from your RLCA rep and CFs, as there will be a special zero-power event in each RLC! Getting your whole community to participate will help to get your RLC a head start in the Energy Challenge with more energy savings and enthusiasm points!

National Engineers Week
Feb. 17 - 23
Plans are underway for celebrating eWeek at Santa Clara. Join the School of Engineering at a number of events planned for undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, and friends of the School of Engineering.

Schedule of events and more information.

The Evolution of Green: Environmental Activism in the Santa Clara Valley
Mar. 3 - June 23 | Museum of Los Gatos
Environmental Activism, in its many forms, has played a critical role in our Santa Clara Valley history. This complex movement to create a sustainable environment has been fostered by grassroots agencies as well as a multitude of organizations, from landscape architects and nature conservation groups to high-tech companies and universities. Evolution of Green will use interactive models, historical narrative, environmental soundscapes and other media to interpret this history and explore proposed future steps for environmental activism.

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