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Summer Series

The Sustainability Summer Series is a chance to learn more about SCU’s sustainability programs.  Each session is about 1 hour throughout the months of July and August and involves a behind-the-scenes view of a specific campus initiative. Sessions will explore initiatives such as SCU’s waste stream, landscaping/water, the Forge Garden, and renewable energy initiatives. 

Summer 2017 Schedule (new schedule coming soon at the end of June!)

Wednesday, 8/2 - Forge Garden Tasting Tour

With Katharine Rondthaler, 10-11 a.m. (The Forge Garden)

Tour the Forge Garden with Garden Katharine Rondthaler. You will get a chance to sample the best of the summer's fruits and vegetables and get behind-the-scenes insight into a working urban garden.

Wednesday, 8/9 - Landscaping Tour

With Tim Mains, 10-11 a.m. (Meet at Bronco Statue)

Learn about SCU’s efforts to integrate sustainable practices into our landscaping program. Tour our new succulent gardens and see native grasses you might not have noticed. Learn about recycled water use on campus, and our plans for converting low-use lawns into lower water-use areas.

Tuesday, 8/15 - Follow Our Food Scraps (off-site tour)

With Mission Trail, 1-3 p.m. (Meeting location on-campus to carpool - TBA)

Tour Mission Trail Waste Systems’ Sustainable Alternative Feed Enterprises (SAFE) facility. Mission Trail collects SCU’s food scraps and processes them for use as animal feed. This session is limited to 20 participants. Confirmed attendees will be given instructions for carpooling to the off-site facility.

Friday, 8/18 - Behind- the-scenes at Facilities

With Facilities, 10-11 a.m. (Facilities Building main entrance)

Tour the Facilities yard to see how our recyclables, landfill waste, and compostable materials are stored before they are transported to their various destinations. Participate in a mini waste characterization to see what SCU’s waste stream is comprised of. Learn what SCU has done and is planning to do in order to achieve Zero Waste to landfills by 2020. Attendees must wear closed-toed shoes.

Wednesday, 8/23 - Follow our Compostable and Landfill Waste (off-site tour)

Off-site tour, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Meeting location on-campus to carpool - TBA)

Visit our landfill and commercial composting facility in Milpitas. See how SCU’s commercial composting process works. Confirmed attendees will be given instructions for carpooling to the off-site location.

Friday, 8/25 - Climate Neutral by 2020

With Lindsey Kalkbrenner, 10-11 a.m. (Malley Center lobby)
Learn about SCU's energy efficiency programs and our plans for reaching carbon neutrality by 2020. You'll hear about the campus' efforts to reduce energy use and get up-close-and-personal to our rooftop solar. This session is limited to 15 participants.
group of people on roof with solar panels during summer