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

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  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
    They say “brown is the new green.” SCU has been purple since 2003! Purple pipes bring recycled water to campus, enabling the University to reduce our use of fresh water for irrigation.
    Purple-Grass-Kenna. They say
  •  Take Action: Natural Resources

    Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
    Our individual actions collectively can make a difference. REDUCE: paper junk mail to your home. REUSE: an eco-tray. RECYCLE: material into an eco-fashion outfit. RESPECT: our sources of water.
    Stop Junk Mail - San Jose
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Jun. 6, 2014
    Bottled Water Free Law Commencement, 2014.
    This year marks the first annual Bottled Water Free Commencement at SCU for Law, Grad, and Undergrad ceremonies, as well as the Alumni Picnic. Santa Clara will be joining dozens of schools across the nation in eliminating unnecessary waste, and promoting our sustainability and social justice values.
  •  Drought: The Call to Conserve Water

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    The state of California is currently seeing the worst drought in modern history. Learn more about the drought and SCU’s plan on water conservation.
    Drought. Photo courtesy of (laparedesf) Stock.XCHNG.
  •  Gary Vargas, Facilities: Water-Saving Strategist

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Gary Vargas, action shot.
    Gary Vargas, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor in Facilities, plays an essential role in conserving water on campus, especially with landscaping.
  •  Did You Know?

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Tap water is better than bottled water for monetary, environmental, and social reasons. Learn more and support the student-led campaign on campus in promoting tap water over bottled water.
  •  Take Action: Water Conservation

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Tips to reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect for water conservation.
    REDUCE: cleaning & gardening
    REUSE: graywater tips
    RECYCLE: conserving behaviors
    RESPECT: water and food
  •  Fresh from the Forge Garden

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Learn some tips on how to use water efficiently in your garden.
  •  Protecting our oceans, protecting our future: OCEANS club and the plastic water bottle ban

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    Students in OCEANS club at Santa Clara explore their passion for marine conservation and ocean protection through partnerships with nonprofit organizations in the community. Read about the club and the work they have done to ban plastic water bottles on campus.
  •  Stephanie Hughes applies water quality consulting experience in the classroom

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    Stephanie Hughes, Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, believes water is one of the most important resource topics of the coming decades. Read about her teaching and research interests and about her experience as a water consultant for Bay Area municipalities.
  •  Did you Know?

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    SCU students worked on a campaign this year to ban SCU-brand plastic water bottles from campus. Read more about the ban, about Santa Clara's water supply, and about the benefits of drinking tap water. Also, find out where you can fill your reusable bottle on campus.
  •  Take Action

    Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013
    Tips to take action: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to water-wise gardening. REDUCE: excess watering by shortening time limits on automatic irrigation systems | REUSE: water by installing a rainwater catchment system | RECYCLE: compost-rich gardens are also water-efficient | RESPECT: the natural climate and neighboring communities when thinking about watering.
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
    The Environmental Studies and Sciences Department is offering a new course this quarter on water resources. ENVS 160: Water Resources is being taught by Professor Iris Stewart-Frey. Read more about the topics and components of the class.
  •  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.
  •  Measuring snowmelt, water quality; advocate of water-wise decisions

    Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
    Iris Stewart-Frey is an Assistant Professor and water specialist at SCU's Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. She attributes her love of water to her German roots and is currently researching the impacts of climate change on water flow and quality in California. Read more about her unique upbringing, her teaching and research interests, and her advice for conserving water.
  •  Did you Know?

    Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
    In California, water demand is highest in the south of the state while the water supply is primarily in the north. Meeting California's water demands is a very energy-intensive endeavor.
  •  What Can I Do?

    Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
    Photo courtesy of The Yummy Life (www.theyummylife.com/)
    Tips to reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect, related to water. REDUCE: simple ways to reduce water use | REUSE: flavor your filtered water | RECYCLE: household hazardous waste | RESPECT: learn about your watershed
  •  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.
  •  News

    Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011
    Campus Maps Show Water Filling Stations, Compost Bins, and more! Filling your reusable water bottle just got a little easier! Water fountains and goose-neck fillers (which allow you to fill a water bottle while holding it upright) are identified on one campus map, called "Water Filling Stations". ALSO THIS MONTH: Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration | Learn about and help plan for rapid transit along El Camino Real
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Jul. 1, 2011
    The solar panel system on Benson Memorial Center is the largest project of its kind built to date in California.
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