A monthly update from the Center for Sustainability for the Santa Clara University community.
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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
Sustainability Champion Awards | New online resource: Self-Guided Sustainability Tour | SCU serves as hub for transport to AASHE conference | Special group solar discount program | Malley waste characterization | Campus donation drive for office supplies | Santa Clara Valley Green Gardner
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
Kids on Campus is a self-funded, non-profit, pre-school and childcare center at Santa Clara University. It has been part of the University since 1969 and continues to serve children whose parent(s) are SCU faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Did you know: Santa Clara University encourages all faculty and staff to use the Fitness and Recreation Center, Aquatic Center, and the Tennis Center to improve their personal health and well-being.
Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
Katherine Lucey founded Solar Sister in Uganda a year ago, using the Avon model of distribution to empower women as entrepreneurs and to bring energy into poor rural homes in Africa that would otherwise be in the dark or be forced to use unsustainable and unhealthy energy sources such as kerosene for light.
Lucey is one of 19 socially minded entrepreneurs from around the world who will come to Santa Clara University, August 7-19, as part of the 8-month intensive Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) program that helps them sustain and scale their businesses to maximize impact on underserved communities. ALSO THIS MONTH: New Master's Degree Program in Sustainability | Years-of-service gifts promote sustainability | Canning basics workshop taught SCU employees basics of home preserving
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.
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011
Santa Clara's sustainability teach-in will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Earth Week. The goal of the week is to spur dialogue about issues related to sustainability and environmental justice. The Commons at Kennedy Mall will host open classrooms, where faculty from several disciplines will lecture on a variety of sustainability-related topics, open to all. Events will also take place at Mayer Theatre and the Learning Commons.
Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
The Residence Energy Challenge is making a big impression across campus. Open to off-campus residents, the Challenge is a way for students to get involved with sustainability and learn how to save energy. The Housing Office is sponsoring the grand prize; winning residents choose from: a communal Nintendo Wii or PlayStation, tickets to a Giants game (10 tickets/ton CO2 avoided) or a donation of water filters to a Honduras village in the name of the winning building's residents. The winning off-campus house will be reimbursed for its electricity bills during the Challenge.
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.
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
Michael Engh, S.J., unplugs his phone charger in the morning so it doesn't waste energy during the day. He tries to drive a Prius whenever he travels in the area, and his office on campus uses recycled paper whenever possible. It is all part of the daily routine for Santa Clara University's Jesuit president.
Wednesday, May. 5, 2010
Student tour guides at Santa Clara University often brag to prospective students about Silicon Valley's 300-plus days of sunshine each year. School officials hoping to capitalize on that climatic characteristic recently gave the green light to installing new photovoltaic arrays on several university structures. The project is just another step in Santa Clara's efforts to become climate neutral by the end of 2015.
Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2010
The Office of Sustainability at Santa Clara University is currently collecting data about Santa Clara's sustainability initiatives. The data will be compiled and reported publicly via the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS).