Another great year for sustainability at SCU
Center for Sustainability
National recognition on pertinent issues and significant and positive on-campus changes strengthened the University’s commitment to sustainability during the 2014-2015 academic year. We received the following national rankings:
- Sierra Magazine: top 50 Coolest Schools in the U.S.
- Princeton Review: 19th
- BestColleges.com: 11th
- College Raptor: 3rd
Sustainability at SCU also had a strong presence in the media: with an op-ed about the drought and several TV and radio appearances about the 60 Seconds Less campaign to reduce student water consumption. (Please visit the Awards and Media Recognition page for a detailed list.)
The Sustainability Liaison Network expanded with two cohorts for faculty and student employees, and new programs--the Share Shelf and the Lending Library--that promote re-usability and the share economy were piloted. Moreover, the University made paramount changes regarding water usage and investments, in order to align more closely with its sustainability commitments.
The Center for Sustainability honored those who contributed to another great year of sustainability at SCU at the annual Sustainability Celebration and Forge Garden Party. Over 200 people were in attendance to celebrate the dedication and efforts of all the sustainability liaisons and to witness the announcement of the year’s sustainability champions for the six different categories. This year’s event included the Pony Express food truck, garden games like life-sized Jenga, cornhole, and Connect-4, and student music performances powered by a student-engineered bike. The event also served as a farewell to Rose Madden, the former Organic Garden Manager of the Forge Garden. See the Flickr album for photos.
The 2014-2015 Sustainability Champions:
- Faculty: Chad Raphael, professor in the Department of Communication, is part of the Faculty Sustainability Liaison group, has been a long-time supporter of sustainability at SCU, and utilizes his communication classes to conduct campus-based projects related to sustainability, such as the latest Dialogue and Discourse to organize student discussions about the drought.
- Staff: Lindsay Sperling, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, restructured the entire general chemistry lab sequence to emphasize green chemistry in the curriculum.
- Student: Sean Reilly, class of 2016 and environmental science major, has increased the visibility of the GREEN Club through his leadership and involvement in Fossil Free SCU.
- Group: Transportation Services exceeds the needs and expectations of accessibility, mobility and sustainability. They provide 24 EV charging stations (the most for any university), are piloting the Zagster bike share program and earned SCU an honorable mention in this year's Bay Area Clean Air Awards.
- Collaborative Project: GREEN Club and SCCAP’s B-LEJIT collaborated on Fossil Free SCU for its second year, and significantly elevated on-campus awareness about the climate crisis through persistent, creative, and positive activism.
- Sustainability Liaison: Koura Fabiny, Workplace Sustainability Liaison for the Global Engagement Office, models a holistic commitment to sustainable living. She’s had perfect attendance to liaison meetings, attended extra sustainability-related event/field trips to learn more, and hosted a zero-waste vegetarian potluck for her department and office building. She frequently engages with the Center for Sustainability with questions from her peers and is always active in discussions of sustainability.
For more details on the selection criteria, please visit the Sustainability Champion Awards page.