Campus Change Agents Acknowledged and Awarded
Rissa Yaw '14
This academic year marked Santa Clara’s tenth year of progress to reach its sustainability mission! Reaching SCU’s Climate Neutrality and Zero Waste goal by 2020 is a daunting task, especially because it calls for integrated efforts amongst the many departments on campus. Even though 2020 is 4 years away, many individual and group efforts are doing their part to reduce the SCU community’s waste and carbon emission levels. To celebrate their efforts, the Center for Sustainability awards Sustainability Champions and their hard work at the annual Sustainability Celebration during the last week of Spring Quarter. Sustainability Champions are individuals or groups who are nominated for going out of their way to develop a culture of sustainability. Each May, a call for nominations are sent out and a staff member, faculty member, student, group, collaborative project, and Sustainability Liaison are chosen to be a Sustainability Champion.
This year’s winners were announced at the Sustainability Celebration on June 2, 2016. Over 50 people attended to celebrate our sustainability liaisons and champions at the Forge Garden. Check out pictures from the event and view the list of Sustainability Liaisons. Our celebration included snacks and desserts, henna, garden games such as cornhole and student music performances. Check out our "10 Years of Mission Sustainable" throwback posts on Instagram.
The 2015-2016 Sustainability Champions:
(Pictured from left to right: Julia Claire Landry, Carol Goad and Erika French-Arnold from FAI, Aaron Poor)
|Faculty: Ed Maurer||Staff: Julia Claire Landry||Student: Aaron Poor|
|Group: The Food and Agribusiness Institute||
The Laudato Si Conference Planning Committee
|Sustainability Liaison: Justin Wojcik|
- Faculty: Ed Maurer, a Faculty Sustainability Liaison, involves the Civil Engineering department in sustainability related, local events such as creek clean-ups with the City of Santa Clara, rides his bike to work, and actively brings up new technology and ideas to the Center for Sustainability.
- Staff: Julia Claire Landry, Director of Graduate Student Ministry, hosts graduate ministry events at the Forge and ensures that sustainability is woven into the programming or operations of the event. She also integrated Spirituality Facilitators into the Sustainability Liaison Network and is a second year Workplace Sustainability Liaison.
- Student: A passionate individual, Aaron Poor, the 2015-16 ASG President, is the first ASG president to include sustainability as part of his platform. He always includes the Center for Sustainability in conversation with student initiatives, especially off-campus ones. Besides his work with ASG, Aaron is a past SCOOPS Sustainability Liaison, attends LOCALS Sustainability Liaison meetings, participates in Center for Sustainability events, and volunteers with SCCAP’s Best Buddies program at the Forge Garden. In addition to his leadership role, Aaron developed his own major to study sustainable business, creating a framework that the University can use to develop such a major for future students.
- Group: The Food and Agribusiness Institute (FAI) aims to provide students with an education in the functional areas of management with the application of modern business practices to food and agribusiness firms. FAI creates awareness among students with food-related events. This year, they have partnered with the Center for Sustainability to include the Forge Garden and other urban gardens or farms in their activities and research. In past years, they have covered topics such as the drought, food deserts, waste, and (ongoing) the “Real Cost of a Healthy Meal” for workshops and panels.
- Collaborative Project: The Laudato Si Conference Planning Committee (includes David DeCosse, Theresa Ladrigan Whelpley, Thomas Massaro, Michael Nuttall, Pat Haines, Keith Warner, John Farnsworth, Iris Stewart-Frey, Kenneth Manaster, Sean Reilly '16, Blair Libby '16, Ed Maurer, William Sundstrom and Lindsey Kalkbrenner) hosted the November 2015 conference about Pope Francis’ Encyclical titled “Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis.” The two-day event received press and attracted hundreds of students and community members' participation including local leaders like the City of San Jose’s mayor, Sam Liccardo and other distinguished researchers in the Silicon Valley. A major success, the conference paved the way for several major SCU changes, including increased sustainable investment funds, adopting the encyclical as a central part of several courses, programming in other Centers of Distinction, and more.
- Sustainability Liaison: Justin Wojcik is a very active Workplace Sustainability Liaison who always makes an effort to never miss a liaison meeting and participates in various Center for Sustainability activities. He uses a personal compost pail, was instrumental in Loyola’s win of the Annual Energy Challenge, served as a panelist in the Eco-Fashion Show, and attends extra liaison events and field trips such as the Advanced Water Purification Center Tour in April.