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Monday, Feb. 7, 2011

Living Green in the Neighborhood
Living Green in the Neighborhood, SCU's first ever sustainable living program for off-campus houses, is underway! Six houses have registered for the program in its inaugural quarter, which began with a kick-off block party on January 25th. Co-sponsored by Associated Student Government, Living Green recognizes that off-campus students are in a unique position to make sustainable choices in their homes, and that these decisions can influence their peers, as well as become lifelong habits.

Participants are asked to fill out a Sustainability Scorecard and Strategy, which lists dozens of sustainable actions or habits they can implement, valued at different points. If a house does not already commit to the action, such as composting, for example, they have the option to commit to implementing it either by the end of the quarter or by the time their lease runs out. Prizes will be awarded on one of three levels: Going Green, Beyond Green, and Certified Sustainable, based on how many points the houses achieve by mid-May.

Living Green is a continuing program and applications will be accepted every quarter. To learn more or to participate in the future visit

The 2nd Annual Residence Energy Challenge
SCU students are in the middle of the 2nd Annual Residence Energy Challenge. The competition lasts all quarter long and this year's theme is "Kill-A-Watt. $ave-A-Lot." The Residence Energy Challenge is a contest for residence halls (Campisi, Casa, Dunne, Graham, Walsh/McLaughlin, Sanfilippo, Sobrato, and Swig) and off-campus houses to attempt to reduce their building's electricity consumption in comparison to data from previous years.

This is the first year off-campus houses are able to compete. Houses send their electricity bills into the Office of Sustainability, which are then evaluated to see which house is reducing their energy consumption the most. The winning house is reimbursed for three months electricity.

As for students who live on-campus, they can keep track of their building's electricity use by visiting SCU's Electricity Graphing System on the Sustainability Office website to see their building's consumption in real-time. Standings are also posted each week in the individual RLC's. At the end of the quarter, the winning residence hall that saves the most energy will be able to choose from a Wii, a Play Station, Giants tickets, or water filtration systems for a Honduras village.

Check out this year's Residence Energy Challenge video.

Eco-Fashion Show
The first ever Eco-Fashion Show was a success. The GREEN Club made it possible for several student designers to showcase their repurposed, recycled and environmentally friendly ensembles. Materials ranging from newspapers and magazines to shoelaces and plastic bags went into these unique outfits.

The fashion show was followed by the Residence Energy Challenge Hoedown. View photos of the Eco-Fashion Show and Hoedown, including a western-themed photobooth with props and costumes from SCU's Costume Shop.

Follow Your Food: Carrots
Get ready for another great Follow Your Food event sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute and Bon Appetit. The latest installment focuses on carrots, specifically their nutritional value, how they are locally sourced and SCU's consumption of the winter veggie. Plus, a free lunch featuring the orange vegetable will be provided.

RVSP is required for the February 10th event in the Benson Parlors from noon-1:30 p.m. To save your spot visit FAI's website.

The Business of Organic Beer
Think "organic" only pertains to fruits and vegetables? Come to the Food and Agribusiness' Speaker Series: The Business of Organic Beer and learn how the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company operates as a successful organic brewery.

RSVP to FAI by February 25th for the February 27th event. A 6 p.m. lecture by Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing co-founder Emily Thomas will be followed by a beer tasting in the Forbes Family Conference Center. For more information and to RSVP visit the FAI website.

Garden Club
The Garden Club's second meeting will be on February 16th. There's still time to get involved and put that green thumb to work. Learn about the different committees and what you can do to help grow Santa Clara's community garden. 

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