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Sustainability Beyond SCU: A Global Perspective

Gisselle Delgadillo '20 & Vanessa Shin '19

Susan Popko, Associate Provost for International Programs at SCU’s Global Engagement Office, tells us about different programs offered and how global engagement and sustainability are connected. To learn about how to become involved with these amazing programs and opportunities, visit the SCU Global Engagement website.


Innovation & Sustainability in the Classroom

Emma Hokoda '20, Andie Filler '18, & Vanessa Shin '19

The Penstemon Project was developed in 2007 with one guiding mission: to develop sustainability across the curriculum. The project gathers a cohort of faculty (around 10-15 each year) to either develop a new course with a sustainability component or add a sustainability component to an existing course. These faculty receive a stipend to fund the development of their course and attend a Penstemon workshop where they learn from Penstemon Director John Farnsworth* as well as each other, ideas about how to best integrate sustainability into their courses. This video highlights two of our 2018-2019 participants, Jeannice Fairrer Samani and Bonita Banducci who are collaborating together on a new course, ENGR 140: Diversity and Innovation in STEM.

*Chad Raphael will replace John Farnsworth as Penstemon Director in the 2018-2019 academic year. Thank you to John for over 10 years of work directing Penstemon!

Celebrating Sustainability Champions

Ella Kobelt '18 and Vanessa Shin '19

As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, let's celebrate our individual and collective contributions to sustainability in the past year! Hear from this year's Sustainability Champions, whose sustainability efforts and accomplishments went above and beyond.

Mindfulness and Happiness with Alex & Sydney

Sammi Bennett '19 and Vanessa Shin '19

Alex Perlman ‘19 and Sydney Emerson ‘19, along with a team of other SCU students Francie McCall ‘19, Sammi Bennett ‘19, and Marina Schmitz ‘19, saw a need on campus for the practice of mindfulness, so they created SCU Mindfulness--an organization striving to bring together students to dialogue and create intentional practices concerning health, nutrition, and fitness and strives to create a community of mindful Broncos.

If you are interested in joining a community of mindful Broncos, check out the SCU Mindfulness website for upcoming events, updates, and information!

Food for Thought with Travis '18

Henry Ferguson '18 and Vanessa Shin '19

Travis Osland '18 discusses his summer job with the Leavey School of Business’s Food and Agribusiness Institute. Along with Matt Ryan '18, Nick Matera '18, Katie O’Neil '19, Thomas Vickers '19 and Jean-Baptiste Tooley '18, the team researched and measured in-field agricultural food waste right here in Northern California.

Travis, Matt and Nick also participate in Santa Clara’s Food Recovery Network, an organization that addresses food waste here and around campus. You can learn more about the research project here. If you are interested in learning more about the Food and Agribusiness Institute or the Food Recovery Network check out their websites: Food and Agribusiness Institute, Food Recovery Network, for events, updates and information.

Audrey's Water Wisdom

Andie Filler '18 and Vanessa Shin '19

Civil engineering major Audrey Gozali ‘18 discusses how her passion for providing access to clean water motivated her senior design project: a rainwater filtration system to be implemented in developing countries. You can learn more about Audrey’s project and support her team’s progress here! Also, be sure to check out Audrey’s water resource recommendations which include subscribing to the BC Water News email updates and exploring the Santa Clara Valley Water District website, where you can learn about water-related issues affecting the local area and how to get involved.