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Posted on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

SCU Donates Furniture to Food for the Poor
This summer, the Housing Office donated 518 pieces of furniture from Dunne Hall, including desks, chairs, and shelves weighing over 18 tons (the equivalent of 9 rhinoceroses) to Food for the Poor, via the International Recycling Network. Food for the Poor is an international non-profit organization that focuses much of its attention on developing Latin American countries such as Haiti and Nicaragua. This donation will help Food for the Poor continue to feed two million people a day by providing them with the tools necessary to run their individual agencies. This furniture reuse project began last year when the Housing Office donated 2,097 pieces of furniture from Swig and St. Clare Halls, equaling 98 tons; (the equivalent of 49 rhinoceroses!) The furniture was sent to Food for the Poor agencies in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Mexico. Clearly, many people will come to benefit from SCU's donation. It's a great way to support sustainability and social equality around the world.

Willem and Maria Roelandts Fellowship
The Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program in Science and Technology for Social Benefit funds faculty and students from all disciplines and majors to research, develop or apply science or technology for social benefit broadly conceived. Proposals are due October 14, 2011. Read more.

“Reduce Reuse Re-imagine”
Ryan Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History invites the campus community to join a three-part journey, exploring the culture of waste in society and the role of the arts in building sustainable communities.

  • Part 1. Tour the San Francisco Transfer Station Recology Center
    Ever wonder what happens to all that stuff you throw away? Tour of the San Francisco Recology center and find out. Take a walk in the three-acre permanent sculpture garden and meet the Artists in residency who scavenge the waste stream, turning trash into treasures. Tour Date- October 21 10:00 AM
  • Part II. Recology Artists in Residency Lecture
    Recology artists will join us on the SCU campus to discuss their art and the concepts of landfill diversion, resource recovery, and sustainability in the arts.
  • Part III. Art Exhibition
    This project helps deepen our understanding of what we think of as “trash” and what it truly means to “throw it away”. By bringing attention to the value of the objects that accumulate in the landfill into focus, we emphasize our role as active participants in the management of earth’s limited resources. We acknowledge the global impact of living in a disposable culture and particularly its effect on marginalized communities who bear a disproportionate burden of poverty and environmental pollution. From this understanding, we imagine new ways to integrate sustainability into our everyday lives.

C2C Fellows
C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Capitol, to City Hall, and also for Campus to Corporation. C2C stands for young people gaining control of their future. Many young people are ready to lead a sustainability revolution, but they need pathways to real power to make it possible. C2C Fellows is a new national network for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to sustainability leadership in politics and business, bringing together 300 students each year between the ages of 18-24 in intensive leadership training.

C2C Fellows will challenge young people to consider: What skills and experiences are needed to become people of power, people with the ability to affect the future, within five to ten years? C2C will then support the Fellows to gain these skills. The US Constitution empowers citizens at age 25 to become members of Congress. Yet few young people even imagine pursuing this opportunity. More students have been inspired by young business entrepreneurs. Yet few develop the leadership skills needed to launch a green business.

C2C Fellows Launch Workshop at Bard College, 12/2-4, featuring keynote speaker Majora Carter. Apply online.

Green Products Web Portal
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) launched a Green Products Web Portal designed to provide Americans easy access to information about everyday products that can save money, prevent pollution, and protect peoples health. Using the new tool, consumers can find electronics and appliances that have earned EPA’s Energy Star label and can browse WaterSense products that help save energy and waste. Check it out!

Master Composter Training Program
Santa Clara County offers training to residents who wish to learn more about home composting. The 2012 Master Composter program is accepting applications. Training includes workshops on the art and science of basic and worm composting, field trips, certification and all training materials. Master Composter training enhances the skills of community leaders, activists, educators, environmentalists, gardeners, and recyclers. Adults of all ages and abilities are encouraged to apply. If you have ideas and energy for community participation, this class is for you. Applications are due November 9, 2011. Applicants pay a $50 fee. Fees may be waived upon request. Questions, call 408-918-4640.

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