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Celebrating our seniors and Sustainability Champions. We also highlight sustainability in the curriculum and share resources about racial and environmental justice.

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Congratulations, Class of 2020!

The Center for Sustainability is especially proud of our 12 interns, apprentices, and fellows in the Class of 2020: Amanda, Ali, Emma, Gisselle, Kate, Katie, Maddy, Mandi, Nate, Paige, Sammi, and Tommy! Congratulations, and good luck to you all! Watch our social media channels for tributes. #SCUseniors #SCU2020

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Congratulations, Sustainability Champions!

The Sustainability Champion Awards recognize individuals and groups at SCU who go out of their way to transform the culture of sustainability on campus. This year, we celebrate, Kristin Kusanovich, Lisa Fabiny, Grace Lin-Cereghino, the Hydroponics Team, and Amy Shachter. Click the heading to see why they're Champions!

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SCU Earns STARS Gold!

Santa Clara University has earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Read highlights of our 2020 STARS report.

Take Action at Home
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Racial and Environmental Justice

SCU's Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative shares resources to help us learn about major contributions that African-American communities have made to the environmental and climate action movements. They also provide suggestions to support and participate in racial justice organizing. Click the heading to read more.

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Tour the Forge Garden

Say "hi" to Katharine, and the bees and chickens on this virtual tour of The Forge Garden. Reminder: The Forge Garden is closed to drop-in volunteer hours and events until further notice. Those subscribed to Spade & Plow can still pick up their CSA boxes on Wednesdays from 12-6 p.m.

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Show us what you're doing @home

Have you started a victory garden during the pandemic? (#SCUgrows) // What are you cooking? Share your kitchen creations! (#SCUcooks) // How do you conserve water? How are you taking actions to live sustainably?  (#sustainableSCU) // DM @theforgegarden or @sustainableSCU for a chance to be featured on our page.

Teaching & Learning
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Using the Campus as a Living Laboratory

Read The Santa Clara article about how students avoided 21 lbs of waste or changed to a more plant-based diet in a course which encourages students to learn through their actions. “The guiding principle of the class is that the most constructive learning experiences provide students the opportunity to learn through action and reflection on their actions.” --Matt Driscoll, English.

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Voices of Santa Clara: Erin Ronald

Senior Gavin Cosgrave interviewed alumna Erin Ronald ('19) about her sustainability work and the important role cities play in climate action. In this podcast, Gavin draws parallels between racial justice and climate action, as Erin's advice for students applies to both issues: research leaders in your potential industry to learn how they are taking action.

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Experiential Learning

We often come to understand more deeply what we read, hear or discuss through our real-world experiences. Gardens offer students of all ages hands-on experiences in a vast range of topics. Click the heading to read about how The Forge Garden and Bronco Urban Gardens support campus- and community-based experiential learning.

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Sustainability Data Hub: Curriculum

Over 1,300 courses in the 2018-19 academic year included a sustainability component. That's 27% of all course sections! The new Sustainability Data Hub allows you to dive into the data and see trends over time. Learn why SCU earned full credit in the Curriculum section of our 2020 STARS Report.

From Our Gardens
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Supporting home gardens

To help curb food insecurity, the Forge Garden donated a few hundred seedlings to community members that are either low income or have lost their job due to COVID-19. Valley Verde distributed the seedlings via bicycle, with the help of many volunteers from the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Read this article in the Mercury News.

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Resiliency in a Box

Local food systems are essential during this time and we see our urban gardens as an important player in preventing local food insecurity. Read more about how we get produce to families in need.

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Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

What better way to kick off an at-home summer than a fun new recipe to try out? This healthy meal can be a great quarantine activity and it'll mix up the day-to-day with the bit of color and freshness. Enjoy your pilaf, enjoy your evening.

When you do any of the Sustainability Playbook actions,
you are eligible to earn a badge for supporting SCU's Sustainability Strategic Plan.

View upcoming sustainability events!

Be social with us # / @sustainableSCU





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