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Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010

Residence Energy Challenge Results
Santa Clara University's inaugural Residence Energy Challenge "Watch Your Energy Savings Grow in the Dark" has come to a close. Sobrato (Loyola RLC) emerged as the top building for energy savings. Loyola residents reduced their energy consumption by almost 14 percent with Casa residents coming in to a close second by 2 percentage points. With all of the RLCs striving to reduce their electricity use during the three weeks of the competition, 15,478 lbs of carbon emissions were avoided. Campisi (Communitas) held a steady third place during the competition, while Sanfilippo (Xavier) and Graham (Alpha) battled for fourth and fifth place. Dunne (Modern Perspectives), Walsh-McLaughlin (Unity) and Swig (Cyphi) finished the weeks in sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

At the midpoint of the competition, on Wednesday, February 24, students were invited to a special low carbon theme dinner in Market Square, where foods that emit less carbon to prepare and locally grown produce were served. Later that evening, the Save Rave was held in the Bronco and the glow-in-the-dark dance's first 100 attendees received glow necklaces and bracelets. DJ WhatEva played house and techno, as well as the usual TOP 40 hits, and students danced the night away and watched their energy savings grow in the dark.

See photos of the Residence Energy Challenge and associated events.

Living Green in the Neighborhood
In partnership with Associated Students, the Office of Sustainability is hosting an energy and water savings competition for students living off-campus. The competition runs through Spring Quarter and will consist of about 15 off-campus houses working to see which group of housemates can reduce their energy and water usage the most. The overall winning house will be reimbursed for its utilities bills over the time of the competition, and smaller prizes will be awarded monthly to the winners of both the energy and water segments of the competition. Check out

Living Green in the Neighborhood's web site to learn more!

SCU delegation attended Ignatian Family Teach-in
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education sponsored a Santa Clara delegation to attend the Sustainability and Environmental Justice teach-in at Wheeling Jesuit University March 5-7, 2010. John Braverman, S.J., Kaelin Holland, '11, Chris Woodhouse, '10, and Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner attended the conference and gave a presentation about SCU's strategies to promote a culture of sustainability on campus. Chris and Kaelin were also student speakers and offered their perspectives of sustainability. A lot of great ideas were shared at the conference. Speakers included: Dan Misleh, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, Ben Stout, Professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, Ethan Nuss, Energy Action Coalition, and Joseph Carver, S.J.

Learn more about the ISN Spring Teach-In and see resources shared by the participants.

EPA Environmental Justice Video Contest
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding an Environmental Justice Video Contest called "Faces of the Grassroots," to help raise awareness about the environmental justice movement! The focus of the video can be on any environmental justice activity, issue, or topic. Awards that will be given to the winning submission in each category (Public Service Announcements at 30-60 seconds, or Informational videos at 3-5 minutes) include cash prizes of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively, as well as being featured on the EPA's website! Take advantage of this opportunity to publicly exhibit your creativity by sharing environmental justice stories and connecting with others to raise awareness. Submissions are due to the EPA's website by 11:59 EST on Thursday, April 8th, 2010. Winners will be announced on this year's Earth Day!

Visit their web site for more information.

Wild Zone Family Play Day
April 10, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Ulistac Natural Area (Lick Mill Blvd, between Montague Expy. and Tasman Dr.) in Santa Clara.
Wild Zones are places where adults, children and adolescents can co-create a new form of public space that is dedicated to unstructured free play in nature. Wild Zones differ from parks and nature reserves because they offer opportunities to alter the environment rather than leaving it untouched: build dens, forts and treehouses, make new pathways, play around with water and mud, create sculptures from natural materials, invent games, and many other kinds of free play.

Power to the People: Renewable Energy for the Underserved
April 22, 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Recital Hall
Social entrepreneurs and seasoned Silicon Valley venture capitalists will talk about what is needed to foster renewable energy enterprises for the underserved globally and here in the Bay Area.

Visit their web site for more information, or to register

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