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Loyola RLC wins Energy Challenge
The Loyola RLC has won the 2013 Energy Challenge in both the energy savings and most enthusiasm categories. This is the first time an RLC has ever won both categories in the competition, and it also the first time an RLC has ever broken 1,000 points in enthusiasm.

For winning both categories, the Loyola RLC will receive 30 pairs of Toms shoes, three pairs of Toms designer sunglasses, 20 $50 gift cards for Toms sunglasses, 20 $25 Zipcar gift certificates, and finally, a special pizza and ice cream celebration this Thursday in The Bronco!

Congratulations to all on a great competition! Together we saved 16,770.5 kWh (that's 13 tons of carbon dioxide emissions) over the period of just one month!

Catalan Family Farm delivers produce boxes to campus
The Office of Sustainability has taken over coordination of SCU's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to buy boxes of produce from Catalan Family Farm every other week and pick it up on campus. Boxes include fresh seasonal produce and alternating weeks of fruits, frozen soups, and homemade salsa. One box that will feed a family of four is $25. Subscribers who order 10 or more boxes only pay $22 per box.

Catalan Family Farms is an organic farm in Hollister California owned and run by Maria Catalan. Maria is one of the first Latina immigrant women to own her own farm. Maria runs the farm with her three children. She believes in organic farming and sustainable farming practices, including water conservation, composting, and using cover crops.

Boxes delivered to Santa Clara will start in the beginning of March and will be delivered every other Tuesday. Boxes will include a variety of seasonal produce including (but not limited to) apples, cucumbers, kale, beans, leeks peanuts, cherries, garlic, grapes, squash, tomatoes and walnuts. This is fantastic opportunity to eat fresh, local and support California women organic farmers. Thank you to Laurie Laird and the Ignatian Center for building SCU's relationship with the Catalan family and coordinating the CSA for many years. The Office of Sustainability is happy to be a part of this campus tradition!

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Maria Catalan’s TEDxFruitvale talk.

Sign the Grad Pledge. Photo courtesy of SCU Office of Sustainability. Seniors: sign the Graduation Pledge for Social and Environmental Sustainability
Each year 1,000,000 students enter the workforce: how will you improve society and the environment? By taking the Graduation Pledge, you define for yourself what it means to be socially and environmentally responsible. There is no obligation to turn down jobs; the graduation pledge is simply a way for you to ensure that your job represents more than a paycheck.

“I pledge to explore and to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and to try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.” Sign it now!

B.U.G. Elementary School Garden Workday
Mar. 9, 10:00 - 2:00 pm | Gardener Academy in San Jose
Come support garden education within a local community. Bronco Urban Gardens (B.U.G.) is installing an educational garden at Gardener Academy Elementary School in San Jose. The more helping hands the merrier.

E-waste drive with Green Mouse Recycling
Mar. 9, 11:00 - 4:00 pm | Outside Benson Memorial Center
Come bring all of your old electronics to the e-waste drive outside Benson so that they can be recycled properly. Improper disposal of electronics create health hazards and damage the environment, so take this opportunity to be socially and environmentally sustainable and recycle them.

Earth Day Planning Committee meeting. Photo courtesy of Michelle Tang. Earth Day Festival Planning Committee
Mar. 12, 6:30 pm | Benson Parlor A
Want to help plan SCU's Earth Day 2013? Come to the first meeting on March 12, or contact Cara Uy at sustainability@scu.edu.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

International Zero Waste Week
Mar. 17 - 22
International Zero Waste Week is the brainchild of the Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) and the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA). For more information about Zero Waste Week resolutions and events in the Bay Area, visit GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN).

Earth Hour
Mar. 23, 8:30 pm
Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.

The Forge Showcase
Apr. 12, 4:00 - 6:00 pm | The Forge Garden
The Forge Garden Showcase will introduce the new direction of the garden to faculty and staff. Santa Clara University employees will be inspired to engage with the garden and its different functions in ways suited to their role in the SCU community. Wine and appetizers will be served.

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