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Programs

The Center for Sustainability advances understanding of sustainability and justice through on- and off-campus programs that help the University reach its goal of climate neutrality, practice responsible consumerism, strengthen a culture of sustainability, and use the campus as a living laboratory for developing solutions.

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    Bronco Urban Gardens

     Also known as BUG, Bronco Urban Gardens is an environmental justice initiative that promotes garden education and healthy nutritional habits for at-risk youth in San José.

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    Energy Challenge

    The annual Residence Energy Challenge encourages campus residents to examine their power usage and find ways to reduce wasted energy use throughout the whole month of February.

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    Transforming Our Curriculum: The Penstemon Project

    The Penstemon Project for Sustainability Across the Curriculum was initially sponsored by the Ignatian Center and the Environmental Studies Institute (now the Environmental Studies & Sciences department), and was a major component of SCU’s Sustainability Initiative. It is a program designed for faculty collaboration and brainstorming on ways to introduce sustainability across the curriculum.

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    The Forge Garden

    The University's educational garden serves as a space for research, service learning, and sustainable food production for the Friday Farm Stand.

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    Investment Fund (CSIF)

    The Campus Sustainability Investment Fund is is an educational tool to provide hands-on learning and involve our campus community in driving sustainable change at SCU and supports student-, faculty-, and staff-initiated campus-based projects that move SCU toward climate neutrality by reducing campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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    Lending Library

    The SCU Lending Library is an online site for SCU employees to borrow items shared by other departments. Have a lamination machine you don't often use? Let others borrow it! Need to decorate for an 80's themed event? See if others have decorations you can borrow.

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    Liaison Network Groups

    Sustainability Liaisons are peer educators for sustainability and experts on how sustainability interplays with their respective groups. The Network is a resource and collaborative space for people who are interested in working/living more sustainably in their life on and off campus.

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    Personal Compost Pails

    In partnership with the Housing Office, the Center for Sustainability offers a free, year-rental compost pail program for campus residents to compost food scraps within their own rooms.

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    Share Shelf

    Located in the Shapell Lounge of the Multicultural Center, the Share Shelf serves as a physical site for students, faculty, and staff to donate and acquire used office and school supplies.