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SCU hosts first Campus Sustainability Day

SANTA CLARA, CAOctober 23, 2006.   Santa Clara University is hosting its first Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 25, with a number of events focused on educating the campus community about ways to lead a sustainable life. Students, faculty, and staff will be encouraged to take the Sustainability PLEDGE. Those who take the pledge will commit to reducing their energy usage, reducing the waste they produce, and developing more sustainable habits.

Also this fall, SCU joined Sustainable Silicon Valley’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction Initiative. As a partner, SCU has committed to setting a goal for carbon-dioxide emissions reduction, and to report the university’s progress and yearly carbon-dioxide emissions to Sustainable Silicon Valley. “By having a goal, the hope is we will be able to increase our commitment to renewable energy and serve as a leader among institutions of higher education,” said Lindsey Cromwell, sustainability coordinator at SCU. Learn more about sustainability at SCU.

Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 25
8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. A Favorable Climate for Climate Action, California Mission Room, Benson Center
Keynote Speaker: Jon Krosnick, Stanford University
$20/person for students, $40/person for SSV Partners (SCU faculty/staff), $75/person all others
This event is sponsored by A Sustainable Silicon Valley. Register for this event.

9:30–11:30 a.m. Campus Sustainability Day Web Cast
, Wiegand Room, Arts and
“Where is Your Campus on the Continuum of Integrated Sustainability Planning?” This Web cast, by the Society for College and University Planning, will feature presenters and case studies from
Arizona State University, Harvard University, Grand Valley State University, and Pima Community College. No RSVP required.

Noon1 p.m., Trade Justice, Casa Commons
Hear from Thai experts about how the Thai-U.S. Free Trade Agreement threatens access to affordable HIV/AIDS medication. Free.

Tour the Commons at Kennedy Mall, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 p.m.
Explore sustainable design features in SCU’s demonstration building.

24p.m. Sustainability Fair, Commons at Kennedy Mall.
SCU students, faculty, and staff will share their projects related to sustainability. Displays will include information about social justice, sustainable engineering designs, integrated business practices, green building, and ideas for individuals to reduce their ecological footprints.

67 p.m. Composting 101, Commons at Kennedy Mall
Amul Goswamy (Santa Clara Countymaster composter) will share information about what, how, and why to compost your kitchen scraps. Learn how to give back to SCU’s on-campus organic garden. Free.

7 p.m.“Birdsong & Coffee: A Wake-up Call,” Swig Sky Lounge
The film “Birdsong & Coffee: A Wake-up Call” focuses on the ecological and human benefits of shade-grown, organic, and fair-trade coffee. Free fair-trade coffee (purchased direct from the farmers in the movie) and snacks will be provided.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,397 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the second-highest graduation rate among all
U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at

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