Santa Clara University

Center for Sustainability Banner

Sustainability Update

Back to Blog

News and Events

Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

SCU listed in top 20 colleges and universities for EPA green power purchasing
In October, Santa Clara was named one of the top 20 colleges and universities for annual green power use. As of 2012, SCU’s green power usage was 30,072,708 kWh, which means SCU purchases 105% of its electricity needs from green power sources. View the entire list of colleges and universities on the EPA website.

Environmental Ethics Fellows Named
The Fellowship in Environmental Ethics is awarded to outstanding Santa Clara University undergraduates to support a project that examines the ethical implications of an environmental topic. This year, both fellows will work with the University’s Solar Decathlon team. The fellowship is supported by a gift from John and Joan Casey. More information about the Fellowship can be found on the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics website.

“Green Business” Guru Joel Makower to Speak at SCUJoel Makower. Photo courtesy of Joel Makower.
Nov. 5, 7 PM | Lucas Hall, Room 126
“How can business succeed in a world gone green?” is the question Joel Makower poses to business leaders, academics, and students in more than 20 years as a consultant on green strategy and marketing.

Makower, whose recent book, Strategies for the Green Economy, has been widely praised by business leaders, is also executive editor of, a news and information site about business and sustainability. He has written more than a dozen books about green business and marketing, and is also advisor to a clean-tech venture capital fund. An Oakland native, he serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit organizations. Learn more about the event.

The Business of Smoothies
Nov. 12, 5 - 7 PM | Lucas Hall, Room 126
Join the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and the Food and Agribusiness Institute (FAI) in welcoming Jamba Juice Chief Operating Officer Bruce Schroeder who will be discussing the "business of smoothies." Visit the event website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Screening of “The First 70”
Nov. 13, 7 - 8:30 PM | Recital Hall
Student organization Into the Wild will screen the documentary "The First 70," which takes its viewers on a journey to all 70 of the state parks that were scheduled to be shut down due to budget cuts. Although California dodged a bullet this time, the issue is still pertinent and the problem may arise again. Reed Holderman from the Sempervirens Fund will introduce the documentary. The cost of this screening is $5 per person. View the documentary trailer.

STACK workshop: wreath-making Attend the wreath-making workshop in November. Photo taken from Google images.
Nov. 14, 4 - 6 PM | Location: Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences
Join the Office of Sustainability in making wreaths for the November STACK (Sustainable Tips: After-College Knowledge) workshop! Please bring in an old wire hanger. Decorating materials and instructions will be supplied. Participants in this workshop will learn an easy way to make decorations or gifts using materials commonly found around the house, enabling a budget-friendly holiday.

Campus Safety bike security/safety fair & lock swap
Nov. 9, 10 AM - 4 PM | Benson Center, in front of bookstore
Swap an old bike lock for an On Guard U-Lock and you will be entered in a drawing to win a Fixie Bike! The SCU bicycling team will also be offering bike repairs and washes for a small donation. Help Campus Safety prevent the theft of your bike and you'll be able to continue to sustainably and safely ride to wherever you need to go.

Tags: Events, News



The Center for Sustainability sends Sustainability Updates to SCU students, faculty, and staff through non-Essential SCU Global E-Mail Distribution Lists. Others are welcome to subscribe to these monthly e-mails using this link.


Read past Sustainability Update articles. Articles are sorted by tags for quick browsing. Visit the archives.

Suggest future content

Have a suggestion for a program or person we should showcase? Want an upcoming event included next month? Please contact the Center for Sustainability with your idea.