Santa Clara University


Sustainability Liaison Network

The Center for Sustainability hosts a campus-wide program called the Sustainability Liaison Network where individuals from specific areas of University work/life can convene in cohorts to increase their knowledge and integration of sustainability on campus and in our world. These liaison groups exist for Residence Life (e.g. Community Facilitators, Neighborhood Reps, Spirituality Facilitators), SCU employees (Workplace), student club leaders (SCOOPS), off-campus students (LOCALS), faculty members, and student workers. 

The Sustainability Liaison Network is a resource and collaborative space for people who are interested in working/living more sustainably in their life on and off campus. Gathering with others who may share similar triumphs, challenges, and values can allow for more learning, progress, and community. The liaisons meet in their respective cohorts once a month and also have the option for participating in network-wide gatherings (all liaisons interacting with one another). The Sustainability Liaison Network has provided more opportunities for collaboration and communication between the Center for Sustainability and liaisons’ respective areas on campus. The liaisons continue to increase overall campus engagement in sustainability by building upon their own social networks, both online and in real life.

Join the network! Contact to get involved in any of the Sustainability Liaison groups below.


Residence Life 

Community Facilitator (CF), Neighborhood Representative (NR), and Spirituality Facilitator (SF) Sustainability Liaisons engage their residents in sustainable behaviors, create sustainability-themed programs, and facilitate campus-wide residence hall initiatives including the Energy Challenge, Swap for Good, and waste diversion during move-out.


Employees (Workplace) 

Workplace Sustainability Liaisons engage their colleagues in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability among faculty and staff at SCU.

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Organizations (SCOOPS)

Student Organization Sustainability Liaisons engage their organization's members in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability among students at SCU.

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Off-Campus (LOCALS)

Neighborhood Sustainability Liaisons are learning to Live Off-Campus and Live Sustainably (LOCALS) by engaging their housemates and neighbors in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability among students at SCU.


SCU Faculty

Faculty who are interested in living/working more sustainably and being change agents in their social and professional networks.


Student Employees (SEEDS)

Student employees engage their co-workers in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability within their campus department or organization.

Recent news about Sustainability Liaisons

Fresh from the Forge Garden

Last fall quarter, the Forge Garden and the LOCALS network (individuals who are Living Off Campus And Living Sustainably) piloted the vermicomposting program, in which five off-campus student houses took in approximately 500 squirmy new housemates! “I felt guilty for having to throw away my food scraps. Vermicomposting is just one easy step to live more sustainably,” shared first-time worm composter Lawrence Tse '15.

After attending the vermicomposting workshop in November, students learned the ins-and-outs of worm composting 101. Their afternoon training session included topics ranging from how composting works to feeding your worms and addressing problems one might encounter. At the end of the workshop, all the participants were able to take home their very own worm bin and begin the composting process in their own backyards. After months of feeding and processing food scraps, composters will have their first batch of fresh, fertile compost to use on their potted plants and home gardens. Senior Claudia Fernandez proudly shared that her worms have been given a well-rounded feeding before heading out for winter break. “Our house fed the worms veggie scraps, fruit peels, beans and coffee grinds.”

“I have definitely enjoyed this experience and found it a great way to avoid the landfill!” said junior Lisa McMonagle. “It’s fascinating and fun to see what these little worms can do.” The student worm-composters have been finding this form of composting very practical and easy to incorporate into their busy college student lifestyles. This pilot program has shown to be a great success so far.

Interested in worm composting? Contact the Forge Garden to get more information on how you can start the vermicomposting process in your own backyard!

Contributed by Olivia Benson ‘14 Sustainability Intern, Forge Events and Outreach

Tags: Forge Garden, Liaison Network, Responsible Consumerism, Student Life, Waste

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