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Biodiversity in Our Backyard: Going Wild for SCU’s Animals and Plants

Sustainability in Student Life with Marisa Rudolph '18

Climate Neutrality: Watts of Improvement

SCU has taken many steps towards reducing energy usage through energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy generation, and purchasing Green Power.

Cropped image of students planting trees at Arbor Day

Action Now: We Are Closer Than You Think

Each of us carries a carbon footprint that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. View tips for taking action in regards to lessening your personal impact on our home planet.

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New climate education programs

This year, there are new ways to be involved with the Center for Sustainability and to contribute to SCU's goals of net zero greenhouse gas emissions (climate neutrality) and zero waste.

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How to Camp Sustainably

Quick tips to help first-time and veteran campers enjoy their time in nature without leaving a trace of disturbance.

two Green Rhinos girls with nature models

Sparking Sustainability in the "Green Rhinos" of India

SCU Global Fellows witness how nature exploration spurs sustainability efforts in India's youth—an inspiration for all Broncos under the summer's clear skies.

Image of man pulling shopping cart with many full bags attached to it in San Jose

Take a Second Glance, San Jose

Every spring break, the Ignatian Center gives students the opportunity to explore a seemingly disregarded side of San Jose.

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Take our Transit Challenge!

Summer is the time to start new, good habits and routines before the next academic year! Here are some quick tips and reasons to try out alternative forms of transportation.

In the Silicon Valley

The Darker Side of Silicon Valley

As members of the Silicon Valley community, it is important to recognize the environmental injustices that hide under the shining campuses of the leading tech companies in our community. REDUCE potential exposures with public hazardous site maps. REUSE electronics for a little bit longer. RECYCLE electronics. RESPECT individuals who are at the greatest risk.

Celebrating Sustainability Champions

Individuals or groups at SCU who go out of their way to transform the culture of sustainability on campus are recognized at the annual Sustainability Celebration's Champion Awards. These campus members are honored for their hard work and achievements that lead the campus community in strengthening the presence of sustainability in academics, operations, engagement, and innovation.

A Hazard-free Home

REDUCE the number of unpronounceable ingredients. REUSE the same DIY cleaning recipes. RECYCLE plastics and opt for a fresh start. RESPECT your skin. With these four tips, you can create a healthy living environment for you and your family this month.

The Road to a Better Commute

Sustainable transportation isn’t just about lowering your carbon footprint; it can also be more relaxing, convenient, and even faster than commuting alone by car! If you’re not in the habit of using sustainable transportation in your commute, there’s no better time to start. On May 11th, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) is hosting National Bike to Work Day. There will be 90 energizer stations all over the Bay Area to give out snacks, coffee and encouragement. For the third year in a row, SCU is hosting our very own energizer station for commuters and University employees. We’ll be next to the Bronco statue on the corner of Market and the Alameda from 7:00am-10:00am, so make sure to ride on by!

Just Food Thoughts with Annie

SCU alum, lecturer, and postdoctoral fellow Annie Drevno (‘08) shares her sustainability story and how her SCU experiences led her to dedicate her career to social, environmental, and food justice.

Listen to the Labels

Tips for a greener grocery run: REDUCE pesticide and chemical usage by buying USDA Organic Certified produce and meat. REUSE food containers by buying in bulk. Buy post-consumer content products made from RECYCLED materials. RESPECT the worth of others by purchasing Fair Trade goods.

According to Areany: Less is More

Senior Areany Tolentino explains the inspiration behind “60 Seconds Less” and how collective action can make a difference.

Comparison of Lake Oroville (reservoir) in 2017, Take Action article

Think the drought is over?

Think again. Follow the 4R's to keep conserving in California: REDUCE your impact with your diet. Create a REUSE water system in your home. Consider RECYCLED water. RESPECT nature for its power. Read on for more details!

Eco-Fashion Show 2016 models backstage posing

Living Simply in Silicon Valley

Living simply in the Silicon Valley is not impossible; it’s an opportunity to be innovative and to better focus on what is important to you.

AlexGarcia's tiny house deck in Santa Cruz

Less Stuff, More Space: Life in a Tiny House

SCU alum, Alex Garcia (‘15) shares her secrets to simplicity and embracing life’s essentials.

Tabling to reduce human trafficking

Monthly Tips to Take Action

RETHINK: how you stand in solidarity with others; REDUCE: Human Trafficking - Freedom Project; REUSE: a sample letter to your legislator; RECYCLE: e-waste properly - link to video on e-waste; RESPECT: Human Rights - Students for Justice in Palestine

Arturo standing in front of colored building, Cholula Immersion 2016

How to Gain Intercultural Understanding

Combining the knowledge, needs, and open hearts of both rural communities and educational institutions can solve some of the world's most challenging developmental issues and move closer towards global solidarity.

Christina, Kayla, Erin, Keiko with bins and bags in facilities yard

A Zero-Waste Campus

SCU composts or recycles more than half of our waste. But it will take our collective power to divert 90 percent of our waste.

Talking Trash with Chonsa

Chonsa Schmidt, ‘18 has a dirty job ahead of her, but she’s ready to dive right in and inspire the rest of campus.

Did You Know?

Student-proposed Campus Sustainability Investment Fund project brings personal compost bins to the University Villas.

Take Action: Zero-Waste Life

Tips to take action in regards to going zero waste at SCU & beyond! REDUCE with Food Recovery Network. REUSE alternatives to Tupperware. RECYCLE fashion styles. RESPECT the process.

from FAI Forge in-field food waste research

Fresh from The Forge: In-field Food Waste

The Food and Agribusiness Institute and The Forge Garden join forces to study and tackle food waste on farms.

OL smiling during training at The Forge

Overview of the Year

Mark your calendars with our upcoming events, follow us on social media to get alerts, and explore our website for more information! We educate on subtopics of sustainability each month through the e-newsletter, social media, annual events, and within our Sustainability Liaison Network.