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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".

The second map offers users the option to learn more about a myriad of sustainability initiatives across campus. Read about solar panels, sustainable buildings, bike parking, the organic community garden, and more!

Campus community members and visitors can use their smart phones to determine the nearest water filling station, compost bin, or most convenient bike rack. Maps are updated often. Suggestions for additions to the maps are welcome: please e-mail

Learn About and Help Plan for Rapid Transit along El Camino Real
Rapid Transit is coming to the Alameda and El Camino Real between San Jose and Palo Alto, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide a more convenient, safe, and comfortable environment for transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists along the corridor. Learn more about the El Camino Corridor Rapid Transit Project at a series of public meetings in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto in September and October. For more information, visit VTA's website or contact TransForm's Community Planner at or 408-406-8074 to help ensure the El Camino Corridor Rapid Transit project works well and meets community needs.

New Sustainability Resource for Catholic Colleges and Universities
Eight national Catholic organizations are publishing and promoting an exciting new resource, Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration. This new resource will help schools strengthen ongoing commitments to live out Catholic mission and “cultivate and care for” (Genesis 2:15) God’s good gift of Creation through mission-based sustainability. The Toolkit is being co-sponsored by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, the Lasallian Association of College and University Presidents, Catholic Relief Services College, the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, and the National Catholic Student Coalition. These organizations hope that Catholic colleges and universities will use the Toolkit to strengthen Catholic mission and publicly commit themselves to mission-based sustainability by becoming a Catholic Climate Covenant Partner.

The sponsoring organizations believe that while many Catholic schools have successfully taken steps to integrate sustainability into their institutions, more can to be done to ensure that these efforts are grounded in Catholic mission and identity. As articulated by Pope Benedict XVI and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sustainability is not simply “going green” but recognizes and faithfully responds to the reality that ecological degradation and climate change are moral issues and that, “At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family,” (US. Catholic Bishops, 2001).

The Toolkit is organized around the five components of the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor: PRAY, LEARN, ASSESS, ACT and ADVOCATE. For each component, the Toolkit offers practical suggestions about how to identify campus leaders, as well as implementation suggestions for living each component on the campus and in the larger community.

Reverend Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., President, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: “Ignatian spirituality seeks to find God in all things, including the natural world. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities recognizes that environmental stewardship is an integral part of both our Catholic mission and Jesuit spirituality. This will help us build on our efforts toward mission-based sustainability.”

Tags: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, News, Spirituality, Water



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