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Sustainability Update

Sustainable "Artivism" with Ciaran '18

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"One person's trash is another's treasure." Check out our video interview with SCU artist in residence at Recology.

Take Action: Fashion Do's and Don'ts

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Fashion-forward tips to reducing the environmental and social impacts of consumption.

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Sowing the Seeds of Social Justice

Our Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG) program was recently featured in the Ignatian Center's newsletter, "Igniting the Flame." Read more about Garden Educator, Lisa Martinez's work with Arrupe Weekly Engagement.

Interested in channeling your creative, innovative side? Want to experience the thrill of being part of a fashion event? Whether your are faculty, staff, student, or alumni, sign up to be a model, designer, and/or backstage hand for the Eco-Fashion & Art Show!

Be social with us # / @sustainableSCU


Fresh from the Forge

Recipe from the Garden:
Roasted Cauliflower

Purple Cauliflower


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425°. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place cauliflower on cast iron skillet or baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Slice and enjoy with your favorite pesto.

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Garden Reminders:

The chickens in the Forge Garden

Monthly Tips and Tricks

1) Start your tomatoes indoors by seed. To prevent disease, wash your pots and seedling trays prior to planting. 2) Finish up your winter fruit tree pruning with this guide for pruning deciduous trees by Univ. of Minnesota Extension. 3) Small weeds turn into big weeds, so get them while they are young and easy to pull.

Gardening with Herbs workshop in the Forge Garden

Winter Quarter Hours

The Forge Garden's drop-in work hours are Wednesday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Friday 9 - 11:30 a.m. before the Friday Farm Stand. If you want more produce, sign up for a Spade and Plow Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce box. Pick-ups are on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m

Be social with us # / @theForgeGarden

Upcoming Events
Podcast Premiere: Environmental Justice with Ed Maurer
All Day
Integral, the Bannan Institute’s podcast, features civil engineering professor Ed Maurer on season 4, episode 5 to explore environmental justice issues and the common good.
Bannan Memorial Lecture | Environmental Justice in the Commons
4:00pm - 5:30pm, St. Clare Room, Harrington Learning Commons
Pedro Walpole, S.J., Director for Research, Environmental Science for Social Change, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Roundtable Dialogue on Environmental Justice
12:00pm - 1:15pm, Nobili Dining Room, Nobili Hall
Roundtable dialogue featuring contributions from the Environmental Justice and the Common Good Faculty Collaborative.
Eco-Fashion & Art Show
7:00pm - 9:00pm, de Saisset Museum
How is the fashion industry related to climate change? Be inspired to make a difference and experience the best evening of eco-fashion and art on campus!
BEE-utiful Gardening: Gardening for bees and other pollinators
10:00am - 12:00pm, The Forge Garden
Did you know there are over 1,600 native bee species in California? One of the best ways to help these little critters is to plant habitat just for them.
Sustainability Guides Training
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Learning Commons 3rd Floor Digital Media Lab
Be a hotspot of sustainability information for the campus community!
Water Wars
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Sobrato B & C Commons
You can make a difference! Join water expert, Iris Stewart-Frey, and the Center for Sustainability to discuss the current and future state of our most precious resource. 
Beekeeping and Colony Dynamics Workshop
11:00am - 1:00pm
Head to The Forge to learn about honey bee biology and hive dynamics. Discover the equipment, tools, and resources needed to keep bees!
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Submit a story, idea, or event before the 25th of each month. Upcoming newsletter themes are climate, energy, transportation, waste, minimalism, environmental justice.

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