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Friday, May. 4, 2012

Casa wins community bikes
Five bikes locked up in a row. Photo by SCU Office of Sustainability.As the winner of the Energy Challenge last quarter, residents of Casa Italiana received five bikes to share among their RLC. The bikes were purchased from HOPE Services, a nonprofit agency that has the mission to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to become valued and participating members of their communities. One of HOPE Services’ initiatives includes Cycles of Hope, a program that takes donated bikes, refurbishes and then re-sells them—with all of the proceeds going to support HOPE Services.

Each key provides information about how Cycles of Hope is a great example of sustainability in action.

  • Economics: The refurbished bikes are offered at affordable prices, and since all of the bikes are donated, the project is economically feasible in the long run.
  • Social Equity: All of the proceeds go toward programs that provide individuals with developmental disabilities with the opportunities to live and participate in our community.
  • Environment: Selling refurbished bikes instead of brand new ones helps to reduce waste and resource use.

Each bike was named in relation to DaVinci's theme. Each bike comes with it's own universal fit cycling helmet. Helmets, patch kits, lights, and pump were purchased from Calmar Cycles in Santa Clara. Residents of the most enthusiastic building (Swig hall) received a carbon offset for their winter quarter emissions. All residents also received color-changing cups, with energy-conservation tips inside. View photos of the prizes and the awards event.

Submit nominations for Sustainability Champions!

The Sustainability Champion Awards are designed to recognize individuals at SCU who go out of their way to develop a culture of sustainability. The Office of Sustainability wants to celebrate their hard work and honor their achievements. Individuals are nominated (by self-nomination or nomination by another) with a short description of why they should receive the award. The Sustainability Council and members of the Office of Sustainability vote on the nominees and select an award recipient for each category (staff, faculty, student). Nomination forms are due no later than 5:00 pm on May 15th.

New Sustainable Study Abroad Tips Sheet are posted on the Office of International Programs Website!

Want to know how you can be more sustainable while traveling abroad? The Office of Sustainability and International Programs Office teamed up to create "Being Respectful and Sustainable Abroad" as well as "Offsetting Your Environmental Impact." Students who are traveling abroad can practice sustainable habits relating to economic, environment and socio-cultural conditions.

Office of Sustainability Hiring Intern for 2012-13
The intern will work regularly with University employees to build involvement and support for sustainability across the University. For example, creating educational workshops for employees via Human Resources, encouraging and supporting departments as they develop a sustainable workplace, researching and providing tips to employees for sustainable work and home life. See examples of projects this intern oversees. The position will be posted soon, on BroncoLink.

Out With the Old, In With the New!

For the rest of the baseball season, you can bring your used, old, or even broken handheld devices for recycling to SCU home games and you will receive a raffle ticket for an iPad 3 and free admission for every device donated. The raffle winner will be drawn on May 27th at the last Bronco Baseball home game. This eRecycling program is sponsored by the Bronco Bench Foundation with the help of You Are Here Recycling. Accepted items include: cell phones, smart phones, iPods, iPads, GPS devices, Kindles, digital cameras, and handheld gaming systems. If you have questions, please contact Tara Schaffner, Sports Marketing, Santa Clara University Athletics at

SCU Green Jobs and Career Network

Join this LinkedIn group of more than 330 members to learn about industry trends and job/internship opportunities for your students. Also, it is a great platform to post relevant opportunities for your students and share with your employer contacts.

Swap for Good
Donation Collection: May 7-13
Swap (Shop) Day: May 14, 10am - 10pm | Benson Parlors

Time for "Spring Cleaning". It’s getting close to move-out. Take some time to start looking through your closet (and maybe your kids’ if you are a parent) and sort things that you haven’t worn in about six months...or longer. The Swap for Good is a clothing exchange. You donate clothes you may not want anymore this week and volunteers will sort everybody’s donations (students, staff, and faculty) over weekend. On Monday, May 14th the Benson Parlors will become a store!

Some of the items collected (socks, shoes, some sports equipment, formal dresses, children’s clothes, some business clothing) will support local community organizations. Shoes, socks go to Project Open Hand. Formal dresses will go to the Princess Project. Children’s clothing will go to the children of the two Home Safe shelters in San Jose and Santa Clara. Sports equipment, children’s books, will go to various local organizations serving children and youth. After the store closes on Monday, the remainder of donations will be picked up by Hope Services. 

DONATE: Drop off clothing and other items in bins in Campus Ministry, the Multi-Cultural Center, and in the lobbies of all residence halls.

Discussion with "Vincent Who?" Director Curtis Chin
May 9, 5:30-7:00 pm | Williman Room, Benson Center

"Vincent Who?" captures a catalyst moment in U.S. history that forged the pan-Asian American identity and civil rights movement. The director Curtis Chin will be discussing the film and the student essay contest winner will read his or her winning essay. For questions, please contact Mary Ho at For more information, see here.

Screening of The Cove
May 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Alumni Science 120

OCEANS is screening The Cove, an award winning documentary, and is hosting Mark J. Palmer from the Earth Island Institute who will introduce the film and will hold a Q & A afterward. Mark is the Associate Director of Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project, which focuses on protecting whales and dolphins. Admission to this event is free and food will be for sale.

Roelandts Grant Poster Session
May 14, 11:30 - 1:30 pm | Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences

The Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program in Science and Technology for Social Benefit, hosted by the Center for Science, Technology and Society, funds faculty and students from all disciplines and majors to support research aligned with the mission to promote the use of science and technology to benefit underserved populations worldwide. Faculty and students will present their findings resulting from their research at this event. The deadline for the next Roelandts RFP is October 18, 2012. Examples of research to be presented can be found here.

CSTS Speaker: Drew Endy, Ph.D., BioBricks Foundation
May 15, 4:30 - 5:30 pm | Nobili Hall Dining Room

Drew Endy is a leading scientist in the field of synthetic biology and is deeply committed to the principle that scientific knowledge belongs to all and must be freely available for ethical, open innovation. The BioBricks Foundation’s mission is to ensure that the engineering of biology is conducted in an open and ethical manner to benefit all people and the planet. He will be speaking at Santa Clara as part of the Technology for Social Justice honors course, taught by Keith Warner, O.F.M. and Thane Kreiner, Ph.D. For more info, see here.

Difficult Dialogue: The Fine Line: Freedom of Speech vs. 1st Amendment Rights
May 15, 3:45-5:00 pm | Williman Room, Benson Center

The Center for Student Leadership, the Office of Multicultural Learning, and the LGBTQ Allies Network present this discussion on the increased use of social media and its impact on freedom of expression in the United States. Specifically, the dialogue will critically reflect on when freedom of expression crosses the line and becomes expression of hate, as witnessed through recent events such as the cyberbullying case of Tyler Clementi and live comments made on air by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Define American: Undocumented Immigration and the Future of the Country Jose Antonio Vargas. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara University.
May 17, 7:00 pm | Wiegand Center, Arts and Sciences

Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning multimedia journalist, is the founder of Define American, a new campaign to elevate the conversation around immigration. He has written for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country including the Huffington Post and the Washington Post, and he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. For questions, please contact David DeCosse at

This event is co-sponsored by the Marrkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Jesuit Community of Santa Clara University, the Office of Multicultural Learning, and the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley.

WEST (Water Energy Smart Technology) Summit
May 24 | Santa Clara University

This Summit sponsored by Sustainable Silicon Valley and hosted at Santa Clara University focuses on the risks and impacts of climate change on the global supply change and regional resilience. Leaders in business, science, insurance, and government will showcase what they are doing to understand the climate outlook and to address risks to global supply chains as well as providing solutions for adaptation and regional resilience.

The event features high-level speakers from corporations, governmental agencies, NGOs, and educational institutions. Please visit the official WEST Summit website for more information. Students, faculty, and staff have an opportunity to attend the event for free, on a space-available basis. Please sign up here if you would like to be included in the wait-list. SSV will contact you directly if you have received a spot.

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