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CITRUS: Intentional Living Off-Campus & Beyond
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
A growing number of colleges and universities around the country have off-campus houses dedicated to environmentally-conscious living or to cultivating sustainable practices. Little do most people know, but here at Santa Clara we have one, too! CITRUS house, so named as the Community Initiative To Restore Urban Sustainability, is an unofficial green, cooperative-style, and eco-friendly house for Santa Clara University students located just a few blocks north of campus.
A safe bet as probably one of the only houses around with its own brochure, CITRUS was planned with an articulated vision: its residents must aim to “be good stewards of the earth’s resources and to extend that stewardship to their neighbors.” Sustainable living in the house is achieved using a three-pronged approach: responsible resource management, functional design, and community education/outreach. CITRUS living is also built around values to reduce, reuse and recycle, and to take it on in a serious way.
Where did this house come from?
CITRUS is more than a house, it’s a living project!
Off-campus sustainable living is simple
Living sustainably needn’t be seen as giving things up or sacrificing pleasures; instead, these behaviors are meant to prompt oneself to understand societal norms and to shape a life that has the most positive connections with the environment. Here a few actions to try:
-Sign up for the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and pick up a full box of local vegetables and surprise goodies twice a month! (when shared between a house of 4 it comes out to about $5 each every other week!)
Interested in learning more about off-campus sustainability and want to meet up with other SCU students who are curious, too? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about LOCALS (Living Off-Campus and Living Sustainably).
Contributed by Claire Overholt ‘14, Sustainability Intern, Student Initiatives, and Cara K. Uy, Sustainability Coordinator