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Posted on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

National Recycling Contest
Santa Clara is competing in its fourth year of Recyclemania, a nationwide competition among 575 colleges and universities that aims to promote sustainability and campus recycling awareness. Staff from Santa Clara University Facilities and sustainability interns will record the weight of overall campus waste, recycling, and compost on a weekly basis to report to the Recyclemania organization. Winner of the competition will have amassed the most recyclables and compostables while sending the least amount of waste to landfills. Beginning in February, students, faculty and staff will be able to follow Santa Clara's progress in relation to other schools on the Recyclemania web site. The contest runs January 17 through March 27. Recyclemania activities will be planned on campus in the coming weeks.

To learn more about Recyclemania or how to get involved, contact recycling@scu.edu.

Garden Project Looking to Fill Position
The Bronco Urban Garden (BUG) is seeking part-time education and outreach coordinators. Responsibilities include creating education materials, teaching classes in low-income elementary schools in San Jose, working in the Forge Garden, helping coordinate volunteers, and more. Applications are due February 15.

To learn more, visit the job listing here.

Community Supported Agriculture
The Ignation Center is continuing its partnership with Catalan's Laughing Onion Farm in Hollister, CA through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. For $24, you can receive a box of local, fresh, seasonal, and organic produce that should be enough to feed four adults for a week. Deliveries began Wednesday, February 3rd, and will continue every other Wednesday. If you're interested, fill out the subscription formand return it, along with a check for $24 made out to Maria Ines Catalan, to Laurie Laird in Sobrato Hall. For more information e-mail lalaird@scu.edu. 

Special issue on Climate Justice in the journal Environmental Justice
A special issue on Climate Justice in the journal Environmental Justice, regarding the disproportionate effects of global warming and pollution on disadvantaged communities. View the issue.

EPA Video Competition
You're invited to create a 30 or 60 second video on any of the following topics: -buying green -recycling -composting -reducing your consumption Submission deadline is February 16th. For more information go to: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/video.htm

A "Carbon Fast" Option for Lenten!
A new idea for how to participate in the Catholic tradition of Lent has been proposed by The Archdiocese of Washington's Environmental Outreach Committee. They have created a 40-day "Carbon Fast" calendar, with different suggestions on how to lower your carbon consumption each day. You can access the Carbon Fast Calendar here, and practice becoming a better steward of the earth. Invite others to join you in this sustainable and spiritual experience.

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