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Posted on Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
2013 SCU Solar Decathlon team. Photo courtesy of Jay Dubashi.

Santa Clara University to compete in 2013 Solar Decathlon
After winning 3rd place in the 2012 Solar Decathlon, Santa Clara University will hope to improve upon that mark this upcoming year with a diverse team that is designing and building a fully functional solar powered home. The home must be affordable and attractive, while staying within the guidelines of the competition.

SCU’s 2013 entry will be a 1000 square foot, single bed and bathroom residence. This year, the team plans to use bamboo, one of the most sustainable materials available, for both structure and finishing. SCU has a history of using bamboo in the Solar Decathlon, and this year’s team plans on going even further in 2013.

The team is committed to showing the benefits of Solar Power and sustainable design to the public through all phases of the competition. They have designed their house around the mission of “solar for all,” as their goal is to make these technologies available to people all over the world.

Throughout the planning and development stages of the competition, the monthly Sustainability Update will feature a news piece on the project, so stay tuned!

Santa Clara ranked 32 in Sierra's list of America’s greenest colleges
Santa Clara was ranked number 32 in Sierra’s yearly measure of the greenest colleges in America after scoring 551.91 points out of a total 894.5 possible. To place high, schools had to achieve high marks in every one of the survey’s categories, ranging from emissions control and serving sustainable food on campus to incorporating sustainability across the curriculum. Congratulations SCU!

Duplex printing available in residence halls Duplex printing is now available in the Residence Halls. Photo courtesy of SCU Office of Sustainability
Duplex printing, or printing double-sided, is now available in the residence halls, and residents who choose this option will save $.02 on every page they print. Duplex printing is an easy and effective way to minimize paper waste.

RAFT donation drive a success
Santa Clara collected over 80 boxes of items to donate to Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), a non-profit that supports both the reuse and repurposing of materials away from landfills and encourages innovation and creativity in the classroom. Donated materials from RAFT reach more than 400,000 children in the area through 8,250 members.

Santa Clara engineering students design solar-powered neonatal incubator
For their senior design project in 2011, a group of Santa Clara senior engineering students, led by bioengineering student Simi Olabisi, created a neonatal incubator that is fully solar-powered for use in developing countries. Read about the amazing story that prompted Olabisi to pursue this senior design project and about the continued success of the project in 2012.

Buck’et Composting: The residence hall compost pilot program
Sept. 24 & 27, 7:30 pm | Learning Commons 205
This year, 100 campus residents will be given pails to collect their compostable waste. Students will report back to the Office of Sustainability the successes and challenges of using the pails during the year. The first 100 people to attend one of the two Buck’et Composting events will receive a FREE pail to use this year!

For more information on Buck’et Composting, email recycling@scu.edu or text 51FAQwaste.

Sun Come Up Screening
Oct. 1, 5:00 pm | Kenna 104
Campus Ministry and the Religious Studies Department are collaborating to screen the Academy Award-nominated documentary Sun Come Up. The film depicts some of the world’s first “Climate Refugees.”

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