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Reduce, Reuse, ResLife

Mandi Sit '20 & Vanessa Shin '19

Community Facilitator Tatiana and Resident Director Kevin share how they promote waste reduction and a culture of reuse at CyPhi. For more information, check out our guides for living sustainablyresources for CFs, and campus residents playbook.

Transportation Tricks

Erin Ronald '19 & Vanessa Shin '19

Combat climate change with your commute! Learn more about the perks of sustainable commutes and help live out our Sustainability Strategic Plan!

  • Sustaina(mobility)

    The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions every year. You can be a part of the sustainable mobility revolution by changing your individual behaviors. You’ll be surprised how fun it can be to explore different transport options. Try out these tips to take action in regards to mobility and transportation!

Environmental Justice Research Spotlight

Nate Redinbo '20 & Vanessa Shin '19

As the rise of wildfires continue to shape our national conversation around climate change, SCU senior Efren seeks to understand which human communities are most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of wildfires as one of the 2018-19 Environmental Ethics Fellows. Read his discoveries and reflections here

  • Everyday E.J.

    In line with the University’s commitment to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world, SCU is continuing to develop partnerships with community- and faith-based organizations, government agencies, and other Jesuit institutions. Learn how to engage in environmental justice issues right here on campus!

Climate Neutrality: Investing in Innovation

Have an idea to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at SCU? Check out the Campus Sustainability Investment Fund (CSIF)—an opportunity to leave your legacy on campus and help move SCU towards our climate neutrality goals! Learn more and stay up-to-date on the fund submission process here.

  • It Takes a Village

    We are a small, dedicated staff with an enthusiastic team of undergraduate students who implement projects, events, and programs that drive SCU to a stronger culture of social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Support the sustainability initiatives you are passionate about at SCU!

Sustainable Office Spaces

Be inspired by how sustainability has shaped the office at Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, from promoting reuse when transitioning to a new space to reducing waste in everyday operations. Learn more about zero waste moves, sorting waste, and integrating sustainability as a workplace liaison or student employee liaison.

  • The Race to Reduce Waste

    Our collective, everyday actions and decisions molded by sustainability add up to large-scale change. Start with these easy tips for minimizing waste.

  • Turn On the Energy Conservation Mindset

    Ready for SCU’s annual Energy Challenge? Start here with these simple energy-saving tips to pave the way for your RLC’s victory. Employees, off-campus residents, and grad students can play along too!

Ready, Set, Go Sustainable!

Ready for the new school year? Get excited for Bronco SurplusEnergy Challenge, Eco-Fashion Show, and more! Check out our events and social media @SustainableSCU for the most up-to-date information. 

  • #BroncoHacks to Start Off the Year

    Sustain a sustainable lifestyle by keeping in the loop with these easy, opt-in campus initiatives. You’ll be gaining new habits in no time

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.