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  •  Ryan Reynolds re-imagines waste through art

    Friday, Jun. 1, 2012
    Professor of Drawing and Painting Ryan Reynolds has been active in the promotion of sustainability in the arts at SCU. Ryan created "Reduce Reuse Re-imagine" to emphasize the role of arts in developing sustainable communities. Read about this project and about Ryan's efforts to distinguish the importance and impact of the arts in raising awareness of sustainability on campus and in the Santa Clara community.
  •  Andrew Noonan, Class of 2014

    Friday, May. 4, 2012
    Into the Wild is a group that gives students who are passionate about the outdoors opportunities to go on hikes, camping trips, and to take part in other adventurous activities. Learn how Andrew Noonan, Class of 2014 and current Into the Wild President got involved, what the club is currently planning, and what he hopes for the club in the future.
  •  Matt Lyles, Assistant Coach, Volleyball

    Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012
    Matt Lyles is the assistant coach of the Santa Clara Women's Volleyball team, and is also a successful vendor of organic skin care products. Read about what led Matt to pursue this combination of Bronco Athletics and sustainable business, and find out how he cultivates a culture of sustainability both at home and in his community.
  •  Chris Young

    Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012
    SCU disposes 5,385 lbs. of waste, 1,243 lbs. of recycling, and 500 lbs. of compostable materials each day. Our waste disposal operation is a complex process, overseen by Chris Young and the recycling and waste crew. Learn how Chris got involved, what he thinks about SCU's waste and recycling systems, and several initiatives that led to a 20 percent reduction in landfill waste.
  •  Michael Meyer, Ph. D., Philosophy Department

    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
    Professor Michael Meyer, Ph. D., of the Philosophy Department has been passionate about environmental issues since high school. As the creator of the first environmental ethics class at Santa Clara University, Professor Meyer has pursued his passion by educating students about sustainable thinking through an ethical lens. Read more about how Professor Meyer developed this passion and how he continues to practice sustainable living today.
  •  Laurie Laird, Ignatian Center

    Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
    On a Sunday morning, you could find Laurie riding her tandem bicycle through San Jose with her husband. On a daily basis, she cycles to SCU as many days as she can, although she finds riding in the rain particularly unpleasant. Read about Laurie's interests and how they relate to her professional life on the Mission Campus.
  •  Marquita Coe, Assistant Registrar

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
    Marquita spearheads the linen drive, inviting staff, faculty, and students to donate their linens to local shelters at the end of the year.
    Marquita Coe, Office of Registrar, serves as co-chair of the Staff Senate's community service committee. Through this role and as a volunteer working with the Ignatian Center, Marquita has helped plan and promote various projects with local campus and community organizations.
  •  Amy Chan, Class of 2006

    Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
    Amy Chan (Class of 2006) is the lead coordinator of the San Jose Green Vision. The Green Vision helps to bolster San Jose's economy, show environmental leadership, and improve the quality of life in the community. Amy's favorite aspect of her work is getting to help improve the community.
  •  Conner Mulrooney, Class of 2012

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
    Conner's work has impacted the Santa Clara community by placing convenient and accessible water filter stations in heavily trafficked areas of campus such as in Benson, Malley Fitness Center, and all residence halls. Conner's work is receiving strong recognition from the community and he's proud that the water filling stations are getting good use and actually working to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles on campus.
  •  Associated Student Government Leadership

    Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011
    With Courtney Seymour and Lindsay Gray, both seniors, at the helm of Associated Student Government, the 2011-2012 school year promises to be an active one. Seymour and Gray, who ran on a platform of "safety, school spirit, and sustainability", are passionate about seeing their ideas put into action.
  •  Juan Velasco, Associate Professor, English and Modern Languages

    Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
    You won't find Professor Juan Velasco talking about global climate change, energy conservation, or recycling in his courses. He doesn't preach the importance of buying a hybrid vehicle, and is not a member of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department. Yet, students leave his classes with a deeper understanding of sustainability that Santa Clara University seeks to address.
  •  Rev. Aimee Moiso

    Friday, Jul. 1, 2011
    Being creative and being sustainable could be two very distinct and separate qualities. Campus Ministry's Director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries Reverend Aimee Moiso proves this assumption wrong. Recently highlighted at a Human Resources workshop about repurposing, Moiso illustrated how her crafts made from reused and salvaged materials can save money and conserve resources.
  •  Hazella Bowmani

    Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011
    Hazella Bowmani, a Technology Training Specialist in the University Library, is a champion for sustainability on-campus and off. She has her hand in several on-campus organizations related to sustainability, organizes educational events, and still finds time to ride her bike to and from work every single day.
  •  Accounting students win national sustainability competition

    Friday, May. 6, 2011
    Four junior accounting and AIS majors: Katelyn Daley, Rebecca Tien, Shannon Wang, and Linda Young received $1000 from KPMG for their project: "Bronco Urban Gardens Day of Awareness." The juniors' initial proposal involved a friendly mini-competition about eating locally, but evolved into a community event that will bring awareness to the garden, eating local produce, and environmental education. The Bronco Urban Garden Day of Awareness is set for Saturday, May 21 and will offer plenty of fun activities.
  •  Chris Freeburg, '11

    Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011
    Senior Chris Freeburg is on a mission: to build a University-wide commitment to be "Water Bottle Free." He sees this project as a means for social change, education, and awareness; it's not simply about forbidding students to purchase bottled water. "This pledge is not just a Band-Aid solution to a problem on-campus; it is part of a larger change of consciousness in our society about our consumption and our waste," Freeburg said. He hopes to garner more support for the "Water Bottle Free" pledge from the campus community during Earth Week.
  •  Chris Watt, Director of Utilities, University Operations

    Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
    It's pretty difficult to spend a day on campus without noticing something the University is doing to reduce energy consumption and increase its reliance on renewable energy. Students, faculty, and staff, more often than not, pass by without giving these initiatives a second thought. Though Chris Watt, Director of Utilities and Contract Maintenance, claims his last name had nothing to do with spurring him into a career dealing with energy, he has thought about the University's energy consumption on a daily basis for 25 years.
  •  Stephanie Hughes and the Joy of Garbage

    Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
    Few classes offered at Santa Clara University require sorting through trash on a Friday afternoon. However, twice this quarter, an army of students in hazmat suits marched to the Facilities yard to sort through trash from the Leavey, Loyola, and O'Connor buildings to collect data on SCU's current waste habits. These hands-on experiences are part of Stephanie Hughes' ENVS 10: The Joy of Garbage class, in which students learn what exactly happens to all our things.
  •  Food and Agribusiness Institute

    Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011
    Santa Clara's Food and Agribusiness Institute (FAI) was established in 1973 in the Leavey School of Business. The graduate institute initially provided an agribusiness MBA, which was later adapted into a food and agribusiness concentration in the early 2000s.
  •  Profile: Kyle Fitzsimmons

    Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
    When Kyle Fitzsimmons' older sister suggested he attend the spring 2008 Search Retreat, the then-freshman took her advice. Little did he know, Search would turn out to be one of the most defining experiences of his college career.
  •  Profile: Professors' Approach to Sustainability

    Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
    The challenge of adapting sustainability into the curricula is certainly not the same for every faculty member. Faculty in different colleges and departments face unique challenges when folding sustainability into everyday course work.


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