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Posted on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

Sustainability Champion Awards
The Sustainability Champion Awards for 2011-12 were presented in June at a lunchtime gathering.

Janice DeMonsi, Campus Recreation
Janice DeMonsi was honored for her commitment to developing a more sustainable Campus Recreation program. She has collaborated with Facilities and the Office of Sustainability to find ways to reduce energy consumption, water use, and waste production while providing a great place for people to work out! Composting paper towels? "Sure!" Dual-flush toilets? "Why not?" Cardio machines aren't plugged in and run on human energy? "Powered by Sweat!"

Bill Mains, Undergraduate Business Programs
Bill developed programs to nurture undergraduate business students so they become contemplative leaders who are sustainability champions themselves. Bill has created a space for students to explore sustainability and their future careers. Bill formed CLASP, the Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program which connects undergraduate business students with sustainability professionals as well as fosters a sense of place in the Bay Area. Bill is the advisor to the Sustainable Business Studies club, which was formed by students in the first year of CLASP. Bill also advises Into the Wild, a student organization dedicated to connecting students to nature.

Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was honored for their work to build a culture of sustainability globally and locally. Their tireless efforts to help communities develop sustainable access to clean water, and their involvement with the student group SCOOPS (Students Collaborating and Organizing Opportunities and Projects for Sustainability) was celebrated.

The Sustainability Champion Awards are designed to recognize individuals or groups at SCU who go out of their way to develop a culture of sustainability. The Awards were created to celebrate their hard work and honor their achievements. Individuals or groups were nominated (by self-nomination or nomination by another) which included a short description of why they should receive the award. The Sustainability Council and members of the Office of Sustainability voted on the nominees and selected an award recipient for each category (staff, faculty, student).

New online resource: Self-Guided Sustainability Tour
People attending a tour of campus. Photo by SCU Office of SustainabilityLast spring, the Office of Sustainability offered several campus tours highlighting sustainability initiatives at SCU. The tour demonstrates the efforts made by the University to become carbon neutral by the end of 2015, in line with the American College and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment. Stops on the tour include the Mission Church, Solar Decathlon houses, the Forge Garden, and many other buildings that incorporate alternative energy sources and other sustainable features.

Content from these tours is posted online and can now be downloaded for personal use and exploration of the sustainable practices of Santa Clara University.

SCU serves as hub for transport to AASHE conference
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)’s annual conference takes place in Los Angeles in October. Several students, faculty, and staff will present. Pacific Lutheran University, Portland State University and Santa Clara University have partnered to provide an opportunity for conference attendees to ride elegantly on a 47 passenger bus, a "networking event on wheels", both to and from Los Angeles! SCU will serve as the Bay Area hub. Registration is $150 (round trip) and is due by August 10. Seats are limited, so be sure to reserve a spot soon.

Special group solar discount program
Through August 31, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group is offering a special group solar discount program to select member organizations throughout the Bay Area, including Santa Clara University, to help reduce your utility bill and generate clean energy.

Leadership Group SunShares is a new, limited-time group discount program that helps participants pool their buying power to secure significant discounts and a range of financing options that make going solar more affordable than ever. The program is being offered to Bay Area homeowners affiliated with Santa Clara University as faculty, staff, graduate students, or alumni.

Malley waste characterization
Aug. 3, 9:30 am - 11:30 am | Basketball court behind Malley Center
The contents of Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center’s landfill waste containers will be characterized on Friday, August 3. This is a (gloved) hands-on approach to learn the recycling and trash habits of SCU students and Malley users. Volunteers are needed. If you are interested in participating, please sign up here and note the times you would like to join us. Please contact Megan Anders at sustainabilityintern@scu.edu for more information and details regarding the event.

Campus donation drive for office supplies
Aug. 9
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 9. 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 web site.

Facilities has generously offered to pick up items from the different buildings and keep the boxes at Facilities until the 9th. Pick-ups will take place between Thursday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 8.

Santa Clara Valley Green Gardner
September through November | Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Communty Education (ACE)
Green Gardner training will be offered this Fall in Sunnyvale. It is primarily offered to landscape maintenance workers, but homeowners may attend. The class is offered in English and Spanish. This program includes Integrated Pest Management, programming irrigation to avoid runoff, soil management, pruning, and much more.

For registration, call 408-522-2700 -- starting August 3, 2012. More information.

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