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Friday, Jun. 1, 2012

The 2007 Solar Decathlon house arrives at its new home in the Forge. Photo by SCU Office of Sustainability2007 Solar Decathlon house move to the Forge
On May 22nd, the nationally recognized Solar Decathlon house was moved to the Forge Community and Education Garden. This house, which was SCU's first entry in the Solar Decathlon, won 3rd place in the national competition. For several years, the house has been located near Bannan hall and the main parking structure on campus. At its new home, the 2007 house will be used to support educational programs, such as the Bronco Urban Gardens Program, at the Forge. Watch a video on the construction of the house. See photos taken during the move.

SCU engineering students compete in hybrid vehicle competition
Twenty undergraduate engineers at SCU working on five interdisciplinary teams overcame the odds and numerous obstacles as they designed and built a diesel hybrid electric vehicle to compete in the national SAE Formula Hybrid competition at the end of April. The competition challenges college and university students to design, build, and compete high-performance hybrid and electric vehicles, and although SCU's team did not place at the competition, the students still loved the experience and the opportunity to learn more about transportation sustainability. Read more here.

SCU featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide To 322 Green Colleges"
The Princeton Review has listed SCU as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada for the third year in a row. The guide recognized SCU for offering sustainability-related courses in 26 departments, for its environmental science and environmental studies degree offerings, for winning third place in both the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlons, and for its myriad projects and experiential learning opportunities centered on environmental sustainability and justice. Read the announcement online.

student volunteers at Redwood Grove. Photo by SCU Office of SustainabilitySCU Community Service Day turnout
Over 120 people volunteered at four different locations across Santa Clara and San Jose during SCU's Community Service Day in April. Projects ranged from park cleanups to gardening activities to volunteering with local community organizations such as Sacred Heart Community Service Center. Thank you to all those who came out to volunteer and to work on sustainability projects and give back to the community.

Santa Clara students win big in Washington, D.C.
Santa Clara University student engineers took top honors April 23rd in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s P3 Award competition, a national student design competition for sustainability focusing on people, prosperity, and the planet. In a field of 45 competitors, SCU undergraduates took 1st Place with their “Regenerative Fuel Cell for Off-Grid Renewable Energy Storage.” The team will receive $90,000 to advance their research. Read more about the competition here.

Kids play sports with donated equipment. Photo by SCU Office of SustainabilitySporting goods collection drive
Santa Clara held a sporting goods collection drive for users of Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center and the Leavey Center this quarter. The drive aimed to collect gear that was no longer being used by Santa Clara students and athletic teams, and to give it to people in need. Athletic teams won the competition by donating the most, but between the two facilities, 94 basketballs, 20 cones, 6 soccer balls, 12 tennis balls, and 50 jerseys were collected! This gear totaled 274 pounds of items that were diveted from the landfill and instead, donated. Sports gear was donated to Rocketship Mateo, an elementary school in San Jose designed to give kids the foundational education needed to prepare them for middle school, high school, and college. If you missed out on the drive this quarter, you can participate in the drive next spring to help collect gear for a good cause!

ESS Seminar Series: California plant invasions: Bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners
June 1, 12-1 pm | Sobrato B & C
Virginia Matzek, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University, will present original data on the disconnect between the scientific research on invasive plant species and the actual management and control of invasive species in California. This Seminar is a colloquium credit opportunity for ESS students.

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
June 18-22 | University of California, Davis
The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference is a unique event that is jointly organized by independent/private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California creating the opportunity for dialogue across institutions. The conference intends to deepen connections among sustainability practitioners, academic and administrative, across all sectors of high education, utilizing the Davis campus as a living laboratory demonstration site for the conference.

Photo by Santa Clara UniversityAssociation for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference
June 21-24 | Santa Clara University
The theme of this year's conference is “Preparing for our Environmental Future," which will allow AESS to showcase its interdisciplinary strengths on a vitally important topic. The conference features keynote speakers, including SCU ESS' Michelle Marvier, Ph.D., information and discussion sessions, as well as afternoon field trips and a banquet. To register for this event, visit the conference website.

Cool California Challenge
June 2012-May 2013
The Cool California Challenge is a year-long competition between California cities to reduce the carbon footprints of residents. This competition creates a platform for the San Jose's Green Vision Goals and provides a mechanism for residents to measure their energy savings, waste reduction, and other sustainability activities. As the contest continues through May, 2013, each month will focus on a different sustainability activity. San Jose is in 8th place out of 10 currently, but it is still in the first phase which involves getting residents to sign up. The grand prize is $10,000. Read more about the Cool California Challenge and Green Energy Match.

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