New electric vehicle charging stations at SCU
SCU provides public electric vehicle charging stations on campus. These stations are free for campus parking permit holders or cost $1.00 per hour for all other users with a maximum charge of $6.00. The stations were installed as part of a grant, and they fill a gap as the nearest stations are at the SJC airport, downtown San Jose, and along the peninsula. The locations of SCU’s stations are:
Sobrato/Facilities lot: 2
Leavey Center lot: 1
Parking Structure: 2 (for campus community only)
Loyola Hall: 3 (coming soon)
Find a charging station near you.
Laughlin Barker and Tim Carlson win 2012 Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Awards
The Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award was established to honor the memory of Lucky Hinkle, longtime University staff member who worked diligently to promote recycling on campus, and is given to the graduating senior with a declared major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies who, in the judgment of the ESS faculty, has made the most significant contribution to promoting a culture of sustainability at Santa Clara University and beyond. This year, the ESS faculty chose two awardees, Laughlin Barker and Tim Carlson.
Santa Clara students compete in Max Tech and Beyond
Two teams of Santa Clara undergraduate mechanical engineers were selected to compete in the Max Tech and Beyond national competition held at the Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory. Team DryAir created an electric clothes dryer that reuses hot air to reduce energy use while Team Smart Blind created an efficient lighting system. The competition is held to promote the rapid development of energy efficient appliances and to support education of the next generation of US clean energy engineers. ABC news reported on Team DryAir’s participation in the competition.
Santa Clara County passes restrictions on polystyrene
Last month, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a proposal to restrict the distribution of expanded polystyrene (EPS) food and beverage containers. EPS--often known by the brand name Styrofoam--negatively impacts our environment and waterways. The new restrictions will apply to all food vendors operating in unincorporated Santa Clara County. EPS impacts the environment for generations and harms wildlife, and there are now plenty of materials readily available that work just as well without the negative side effects. The proposed ordinance becomes operative February 1, 2013. The full press release is available on the Santa Clara County website.
Campus donation drive for office supplies
Aug. 1, 2012
SCAN (Santa Clara Admin Network) is sponsoring a donation drive for unneeded office supplies. The recipient will be RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching), who will make these supplies available to local teachers for little cost. The collection truck will be on campus on Thursday, August 9th. As you do your summer cleaning or pack to move locations, please don't discard those extra file folders, unused conference bags, or construction paper. Put them in a box to give to RAFT. The types of supplies and materials they want can be found on their website.
Posted by Office of Sustainability