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Sustainability Update, March 2008

A monthly update from the Sustainability Coordinator for members of the Santa Clara University community.
In this issue...
Green Highlight
Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries reduces paper use
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Get caught green handed!
City of Santa Clara's Annual Clean-up Campaign
Student Internship Opportunity with Sustainability at SCU
I heart tap water student video contest

See this month's news


RecycleMania Night in Benson: 3/12
Common Grounds, Common Waters: Towards a Water Ethic: 3/14
Water Efficient Irrigation Design: 3/15
Sustainable Leadership Briefing: 3/20
Selecting Plants for a Water-Wise Garden: 3/22
World Water Day: 3/22
The Spirituality of Our Sustainability Work: 4/19
Earth Day at SCU: 4/22

Read more about these events

What Can I Do? All about spring cleaning

Reduce: Greener cleaning
Reuse: Donate unwanted items to local organizations
Recycle: Too much waste? Consider composting
Respect: Learn more about green spring cleaning

Read this month's 4R's


Green Highlight

Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries reduces paper use

As more and more campus departments move towards sustainable operations, it's important to recognize their achievements and share best practices and barriers along the way.

woman using a computerThe Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries recently unveiled their new online application. Besides reducing waste, the Program's initiatives to go paperless also result in reduced printing and mailing costs and improved convenience for students, faculty, and staff.

"The decision to switch to an online application was preceded by numerous efforts among the department to reduce paper use," said Ralph Fullerton, Administrative Assistant for the Program. "For example, most of the Graduate Program's announcements are online. Rather than distribute quarterly mailings, we e-mail students and post updated PDFs of information on the web."

Students are directly benefiting from these changes. Although they might need to check their e-mail more often, students can access up-to-date information posted on the Graduate Program's organized and easily accessible website.  PDFs have a major advantage over printed documents because they can be updated as soon as a change is made. Visit the program's Information site.

Congratulations to the staff and faculty in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries for their efforts to reduce waste and further develop a culture of sustainability at SCU.

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can coozieGet Caught Green Handed!

Members of the SCU Recycling Club are scouring campus for students, faculty, and staff who are in the act of doing something "green". If a RecycleManiac catches you exhibiting a sustainable behavior (recycling, using a reusable container, using reusable dishware in Benson, turning off lights, etc), you win! If you are caught green handed, you will receive a neon green soda can coozie and earn points for the RLC of your choice. The RLC grand prize includes a pizza party and trip to Sky High. Attend the RecycleMania Night in Benson (3/12) and you could win a solar panel bag!

This is Week 7 of RecycleMania, the nation-wide intercollegiate recycling competition. The SCU Recycling Club has hosted a number of fun events, including a trash audit, recycling sticker distribution, and adopt-a-game.

City of Santa Clara's Annual Clean-up Campaign

Residents in the City of Santa Clara can place excess waste materials out on the street in front of their homes or apartments. Mission Trail Waste Systems and Stevens Creek Disposal team up to collect garbage, green waste, and recyclable materials. More information about this event. Clean-up dates: March 31 through April 25.

sustainability internStudent Internship Opportunity with Sustainability at SCU
Are you looking for a way to promote energy efficiency at SCU?
Do you want to get practical experience in green consulting?

Interns will analyze campus office operations, identify ways to increase efficiencies, and provide case-specific feedback reports suggesting best sustainable practices. We will primarily target paper, office equipment/electronics, lighting, heating, water, and waste. Interns will provide ongoing consultation to ensure successful implementation of their strategies, including follow-up surveys will be taken to measure and report results, and also provide insight for adaptive management.

For more information, view the internship job posting on Bronco Link.
Application deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday 3/14.

I Heart Tap Water Student Video Contest
Sponsored by Food & Water Watch
The Challenge: To produce a 30 second to 3 minute video that includes the following three elements:

  1. A declaration of your love for tap water
  2. Some discussion about bottled water consumption
  3. Make the case for why your school or any campus should give up bottled water
The Prize: first place winner will receive a $1,500 award, and his or her video will be featured prominently on the Take Back the Tap website; second place runner-up will receive a $500 prize; and the third place winner will receive a Take Back the Tap gift bag. The winner will be chosen by a panel of prestigious judges, including leaders in environment and film. The Dates: The contest begins on February 14th, 2008 and submissions will be accepted until April 14th, 2008.
Learn more.

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For more events, visit the Sustainability Calendar. Events with an * denote SCU events.

*RecycleMania Night in Benson
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, March 12. Market Square, Benson Center
Join the RecycleManiacs as they raffle two solar panel bags.
Learn more about RecycleMania, and check out the other prizes.

water faucet*Common Grounds, Common Waters: Toward a Water Ethic
8:15 am to 5:30 pm, March 14. California Mission Room, Benson Center.
Professor Irene Claver, Director, Philosophy of Water Project, University of North Texas; Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Director, Center for Water Law & Policy, Texas Tech University; Professor Jean Fried, UNESCO and University of California, Irvine; and others. Presented by the SCU Journal of International Law and SCU Center for Global Law & Policy.
Co-sponsored by the International Law Students Association and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Free for SCU students, staff, and faculty.
Please register in advance for the conference.

Water Efficient Irrigation Design
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, March 15, Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Jose
Irrigation Consultant, Miguel Aspeitia, will demonstrate how to efficiently design/retrofit your landscape irrigation system using drip, micro and spray heads. All workshops are FREE. Call (408) 265-2607, ext. 2554, to reserve your space.

*Sustainable Leadership Briefing
7:30 am - 9:00 am, March 20. Adobe Lodge.
Pat Guerra, SCU Global Social Benefit Incubator co-founder, will be moderating a panel of entrepreneur's who will discuss The Role of the Social Entrepreneur
Panelists: David Green, founder of Project Impact, Jody Ranck, Co-Director, Institute for the Future, Health Horizons, Harry Wiland, Executive Producer of Public Space/Public Health and America's Children; Principal of 
Tickets are limited. RSVP required. More information.

Selecting Plants for a Water-Wise Garden
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, March 22, Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Jose
Alrie Middlebrook will focus on Mediterranean, drought-tolerant and native plants that can bring out sustainable beauty in the garden. Ms. Middlebrook is an expert with California native plants, but in this workshop she will share her full library of knowledge about water-wise plants for California. All workshops are FREE. Call (408) 265-2607, ext. 2554, to reserve your space.

World Water Day
March 22.
This is an international observance that celebrates the value of water in our daily lives initiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Learn more.

*The Spirituality of Our Sustainability Work
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, April 19. Presentation Center, Los Gatos
A one-day retreat led by Keith Douglass Warner, OFM with the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Come to beautiful Presentation Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains to learn about the deeper meanings of sustainability, to share with your colleagues about what really matters in your workplace spirituality, and to take time to pray about how you can further integrate these in your own life. SCU’s commitment to sustainability takes shape with your daily work; deepen that commitment through this meditation on your own love for the earth.
The retreat costs $30. Register on-line.

*Earth Day at SCU
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, April 22. Santa Clara Mall
The GREEN Club's annual celebration that involves not only the student body, but also professors, administrators, and members of the surrounding Santa Clara community in educational and sustainable activities. The purpose of the celebration is to promote environmental awareness in all those who attend. 

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What Can I Do?
All about spring cleaning

mopReduce: Greener Cleaning

Reduce the amount of chemicals in your home by choosing greener cleaners. Consumer Reports' Greener Choices guide highlights the cleaning uses of common household items from baking soda to vinegar and lemon juice to cream of tartar. The guide also helps consumers distinguish between often confusing product labels and claims. Visit Greener Choices.

Reuse: Donate unwanted items to local organizations

Spring cleaning also means getting rid of unwanted stuff - from that sweater from grandma that is two sizes to small to the lamp you no longer want. The City of Santa Clara has compiled a list of local organizations that will gladly accept your donations. Visit the City's Donation Information website.

Recycle: Too much waste? Consider composting
Spring is a great time to begin composting at home - the ultimate recycling system. The Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County offers free "Compost Basics" workshops taught by Master Composter Volunteers. Learn more about their free workshops.

Respect: Learn more about green spring cleaning
The following resources may help on your quest to learn more about green spring cleaning.
Co-op America. Green Your Spring Cleaning
National Geographic: The Green Guide. Spring Cleaning
New American Dream. Spring Cleaning
Earth 911. Composting

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