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Posted on Friday, Jul. 1, 2011
[Bronco Hoofprint] Student Carbon Footprint Calculator
A student team developed a carbon footprint calculator for use at SCU, part of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' Environmental Ethics Fellowship.
The tool measures SCU students' greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use, waste production, partying, travel to and from home during vacations, food consumption, and more.
The team noticed the need for a student-centered carbon footprint calculator when they couldn't find an online tool right for them. Since students typically live in residence halls and walk (or skateboard) to class, they don't have control over many of the greenhouse gas emissions sources as typical carbon footprint calculators measure.
Using SCU-specific data, the students developed a tool specific for Santa Clara University Broncos. Students identify their residence hall (emissions vary based on building size and whether or not the residence hall is air conditioned, for example), answer questions about their diet, and provide information about their airplane travel.
Art Exhibition Explores Homelessness: 1930's to Today
Santa Clara University Receives National Recognition for Community Service
There are several programs at Santa Clara—across all disciplines—that offer students opportunities for active engagement, research, and service oriented-learning. One such program, Arrupe Placements, includes approximately 50 community partners throughout Santa Clara County and, each year, allows nearly 1,200 students to learn through community engagement. The university also implemented its new core curriculum in 2009, which requires students to participate in some form of community-based learning during their undergraduate years.
Santa Clara University's School of Engineering to Launch New Scholar Program for Photovoltaic Research with $1.3 Million Gift
“This is the first substantial donation to our energy program following our successes in the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon competitions,” says Godfrey Mungal, Santa Clara University School of Engineering dean. “It comes at a very exciting time for us as we begin celebrating our 100th anniversary and a century of engineering excellence here at Santa Clara University. Energy is a prime focus for us as we move into the next 100 years of educating leaders of integrity to solve the world’s most challenging problems and we are so appreciative of this gift that will, we hope, be just the start of more support for this important program.”
Alum John Cruden named President of Environmental Law Institute
New Department at Santa Clara University to Prepare Students for Studies and Careers in Environmental Fields
SCU approved the creation of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS) in response to the growing need and interest in understanding and solving environmental problems. “The establishment of a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences demonstrates and deepens Santa Clara University’s commitment to fashioning a world that is just, humane, and sustainable,” says Michelle Marvier, the new chair for ESS. When the university first offered environmental science and environmental studies as majors in 1999, only one student studied it. Today, 122 students are majoring in either environmental science or environmental studies and 20 more are minoring in environmental studies.