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  •  Did you Know?

    Friday, Apr. 5, 2013
    April is the National Month of Service, and to celebrate, student organizations and departments at SCU have planned a Broncos Giving Back week full of events and programs to raise awareness about local and national community programs. Read more about Broncos Giving Back and view the schedule of events.
  •  Society of Women Engineers helps high school girls achieve full potential as leaders, engineers

    Friday, Mar. 1, 2013
    Nearly 55 percent of college undergraduates are women, but they account for only 20 percent of all engineering students in the United States. Santa Clara University's chapter of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is working to engage more women in the field of engineering in their academic and professional lives. Read about SCU's chapter and the work they have been doing on campus and in the Santa Clara community.
  •  New Forge Garden Manager looks to expand production, enhance education

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
    The Forge Garden recently hired a new Organic Garden Manager. Rose Madden, an SCU alumna, has big plans for increasing fruit and vegetable production at The Forge and for enhancing the garden's educational component. Read more about Rose and her plans for expanding SCU's own community garden.
  •  Engineering students visit Honduras; plan water distribution project

    Monday, Oct. 1, 2012
    Six SCU undergraduate engineering students from SCU's chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled with their professor to a rural community in Honduras last September to begin the initial surveying process for a potable water distribution system. Read about the project and how it will enable people living in the community to access clean water while empowering them to improve their quality of life.
  •  Food and Agribusiness Institute brings "Hunger Games" to SCU

    Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
    The Food and Agribusiness Institute (FAI) is raising awareness of global hunger issues. FAI brought its own version of the Hunger Games to SCU last spring to engage students, faculty, and staff with issues of hunger and malnutrition. Read about this event and the 5th Annual Hunger Issues Forum, set to take place September 28.
  •  Chris Bacon: Reducing seasonal hunger, food insecurity; food justice research in Nicaragua

    Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
    Assistant Professor Chris Bacon of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences has been conducting research on sustainable food systems and food justice in Nicaragua during the past several summers. Read about how he is working to combat food insecurity and issues of food injustice and hear his advice for creating a more sustainable global food system, which is a critical part of a more ecologically, environmentally, and socially just world.
  •  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.
  •  Students, employees swap clothing; donate to local organizations

    Friday, Jun. 1, 2012
    The 2nd Annual Swap for Good took place on May 14, as the Office of Sustainability and SCCAP partnered to create this clothing exchange and donation drive to benefit local organizations in the community. Read about this event, as well as Move Out 2012 to find out how you can make sustainable choices when moving out and can be a part of SCU's waste diversion and community donation efforts.
  •  Walk Across California

    Friday, May. 4, 2012
    Walk Across California is a new class offered this spring at Santa Clara University that takes students on a 15-day walk across the state from Ocean Beach near San Francisco to Yosemite Valley. Read about the inspiration for the class, the issues students will be learning about and discussing, and how the class creatively combines arts and social justice.
  •  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.
  •  Eco-Fashion and Art Show

    Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012
    The 2nd Annual Eco-Fashion and Art Show took place in early February to showcase student designers' talents in creating eco-fashion on the runway as well as artwork in a recycled art gallery. The event raised awareness of garment workers around the world and encouraged people to think about alternative uses and reuses of fashion. Watch a video of the event.
  •  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.
  •  Students define, measure community resources

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
    Students apply their GIS skills on class projects exploring issues like food security in San Jose by measuring the distribution of liquor stores vs. healthier food resources (e.g., farmers' markets or supermarkets). Two students from last fall's class of GIS got jobs after graduation based off of their GIS skills.
  •  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.
  •  News

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
    Members of the University community gathered together to celebrate the Locatelli Center's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award on November 28th. The building's LEED Gold plaque is displayed at the first floor entrance of the building. This is the first LEED certification for SCU. ALSO THIS MONTH: Holiday Wish Drive | 2nd Annual Eco-Fashion Show call for designers | The Story of Broke
  •  More Wheels When You Want Them; Eight New Zipcars on Campus

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
    Santa Clara University has expanded its partnership with Zipcar, bringing 8 new Zipcars to campus. These new cars bring with them a new program: CBL Affiliate memberships. For qualified students, SCU will waive the application fee and the first year's membership fee. In addition, CBL affiliates will also receive 12 free rental hours.
  •  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
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  Did You Know?

    Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
    ... How the Forge Garden got its name? Learn how SCU's 1/2-acre education and community garden was named.


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