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A monthly update from the Center for Sustainability for the Santa Clara University community.

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  •  Bronco Trends: Reusables on the Rise

    Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
    Responsible consumerism is more than being conscious about what we buy--it's about deciding if we need to buy new things in the first place. SCU is taking the lead in utilizing reusable products and reducing single-use items.
  •  Mission Sustainable Challenge: A Busy Person's Retreat

    Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
    Has the world given much thought to how we will be powering, funding, or nourishing the future? Even as busy individuals, we can spare a daily moment of reflection and action to create a more sustainable future.
    Erin and Geoff accepting the Mission Sustainable Challenge
  •  San Francisco to Yosemite: Walking Across California

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
    Walk Across California, Mt. Diablo Descent. Photo by Analisa Fuentes
    David Popalisky’s visionary class takes its second trek from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, covering over 225 miles on foot.
  •  Athletics & Recreation Sustainability Initiatives

    Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014
    Bucky recycling. Photo courtesy of the Center for Sustainability.
    Athletics and Recreation has undertaken numerous projects to integrate sustainability into the lives of all Bronco athletes, fitness lovers, and Malley Center users.
  •  SCU Awarded Prestigious Business Environmental Award

    Friday, Jun. 6, 2014
    Santa Clara University recently received one of the highest 2014 Acterra Business Environmental Awards, the Acterra Award for Sustainability under the Large Organization category. Santa Clara was recognized for its environmental initiatives, social benefits, influence on the business community, and commitment to sustainability.
  •  Redwood Groves: Immersion in Simplicity & Spirituality

    Friday, May. 2, 2014
    Redwoods Monastery, 2014
    The Ignatian Center has introduced a new immersion trip experience, one that is literally rooted in redwood groves and focuses on simplicity, spirituality, and sustainability.
  •  Food & Agribusiness Institute: Leaders for a Better Future

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
    FAI logo
    From Ghana to Burma and now Cuba, the Food and Agribusiness Institute takes students around the world to explore and experience challenges and solutions in the modern farming industry.
  •  Solution for hard-to-recycle items: Terracycle

    Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
    Our campus collects certain items that would have been sent to the landfill after one use, but are now being upcycled to a create new products.
  •  Frugal Innovation Lab: Engineering solutions for a sustainable world

    Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
    In SCU's School of Engineering, a groundbreaking new program contributes to the University vision of building a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Founded by Professor Radha Basu, the Frugal Innovation Lab (FIL) is an epitome of the School's theme, "Engineering with a Mission."
  •  CITRUS: Intentional Living Off-Campus & Beyond

    Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
    Community Initiative To Restore Urban Sustainability (CITRUS), is a cooperative-style and eco-friendly house for SCU students located just a few blocks north of campus. Sustainable living in the house is achieved using a three-pronged approach: responsible resource management, functional design, and community education/outreach.
    CITRUS house
  •  Finding the spirituality of sustainability

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
    Every day in October, hundreds of students, faculty, and staff, are contemplating the spiritual components of their sustainability behaviors through the Mission Sustainable Challenge.
  •  Liaison network proliferates, creating a culture of sustainability

    Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
    Members of the Sustainability Liaison Network engage their peers to develop a culture of sustainability at SCU. Collectively, the liaisons are making a big impact on campus every year!
  •  Transportation services department brings sustainable programs to students, faculty, and staff at SCU

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013
    In order to help SCU achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2015, the Transportation Services department has worked to bring a number of sustainable transportation options to campus. Read about Zipcar, Dero Zap, and more in this highlight of sustainable transportation at SCU.
  •  SCU alumni take on "Leavey Challenge" to raise over $1 million for the Santa Clara Fund

    Friday, Apr. 5, 2013
    The Leavey Challenge seeks to raise over $1 million for the Santa Clara Fund this year. The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation will donate $1 million to the Santa Clara Fund if at least 9,000 SCU undergraduate alumni make a donation of any amount. Read more about the challenge and learn how you can give back and leave a legacy at SCU.
  •  What's in our water: bottled, tap, and reclaimed

    Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
    Bottled water is advertised as the cleaner and healthier choice for drinking water, but the truth is that bottled water is usually the same quality as the water coming out of your tap. Unlike tap water, however, bottled water poses health risks and is also extremely wasteful. Read more about Santa Clara University's efforts to promote reusable drinking water and to implement recycled water on campus.
  •  Alternative Spring Breaks

    Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012
    Students at Santa Clara University have numerous opportunities to spend Spring Break gaining international experience living among different cultures while giving back to underprivileged communities. Read about four different immersion programs that took place this past Spring Break, and find out how you can take advantage of these opportunities in the future.
  •  Student Organizations Collaborate for Sustainability

    Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011
    When Santa Clara students decide to make a difference, the results can be quite impressive. With dozens of registered student clubs and organizations (RSOs) and many more informal movements, undergraduates have created lasting and meaningful impacts on campus life. One area in which students have taken a particular interest is sustainability.
  •  Preserving Campus History

    Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
    We tend to think about sustainability in terms of the present and the future. But how do we sustainably preserve the past? Although most Broncos are familiar with the Mission Church, many are unaware of the efforts that SCU takes to preserve its cultural and historical heritage. The efforts of the archaeological team, the de Saisset Museum, the California Legacy Project, and others on campus demonstrate the importance of preserving our diverse cultural heritage in a sustainable and engaging manner.
  •  Sustainable Living Council

    Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010
    This academic year marked the launch of the Sustainable Living Council to promote more environmentally-conscious habits in Santa Clara University residence halls.
 

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