- Collaborative Innovation for Food Justice in Silicon Valley
The County of Santa Clara is funding the Initiative's Food and Climate Justice Program, Veggielution, and Democracy at Work Institute, to create a more diverse, equitable, and resilient regional food economy.
- Transforming Jesuit Education
The Initiative has been asked to play a leadership role in incorporating community-engaged research and learning for environmental justice in Jesuit education around the world.
- Access to Safe Drinking Water in the Central Valley
CalEPA is funding Iris Stewart-Frey and California Rural Legal Assistance to identify and remove barriers to safe drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley.
- Law and Advocacy Lab Launches
Zsea Bowmani is collaborating with students and community partners to identify law and policy solutions to water pollution, food apartheid, concentrated heavy industries, and other environmental justice issues in the Bay Area and beyond.
- Transforming Emergency Food Assistance
CalEPA is funding the Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative and Sacred Heart Community Services to improve emergency food assistance, reduce food waste, curb methane emissions, and produce compost.
- Advocating for Communities Facing Groundwater Contamination
Iris Stewart-Frey (ESS, EJ&CGI) and Lilah Foster (ESS ‘21,Clare Boothe Luce scholar) together with partners from the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) were invited to present their research on nitrate groundwater contamination.
- John Burns funds Laudato Si across the Curriculum
A major gift by SCU alumnus John Burns (‘66) will support students and faculty to understand, reflect, and act on the twin crises of environmental and social justice.
- A Food Justice Response to Covid-19
Professor Christopher Bacon is collaborating with students and Bay Area farms and food access organizations to draw lessons from the pandemic about how to improve emergency food assistance and create a more just food system.
- Improving Access to a Modesto Park
Santa Clara University Professor Iris Stewart-Frey and SCU student researchers are collaborating with the Tuolumne River Trust (Modesto Office) and Catholic Charities Stockton to plan and implement an extension of the Tuolumne River Regional Park in California’s Central Valley, using a participatory process that includes the surrounding communities.
- Strengthening Environmental Justice Law
Tseming Yang, of Santa Clara University’s School of Law, is writing the next chapters in environmental justice scholarship and law.