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Wednesday, May. 5, 2010

Graduation Pledge reaches record number of seniors

Santa Clara University's Graduation Pledge for 2010 is under way! A record number of graduating seniors have signed, but lots more are needed to reach the goal of one quarter of the senior class. The Graduation Pledge for Social and Environmental Responsibility asks students to consider the social and environmental consequences of their post-graduation plans, and is entirely voluntary. It allows signers to define "social and environmental responsibility" for themselves. This year, the Office of Sustainability is raffling an eco-friendly work wardrobe and five EcoMetro Guides, and will give seniors a green ribbon to wear on their gowns at the commencement ceremony.

To learn more and sign the Graduation Pledge, come to Life After SCU events or visit the web page. Show your support for social and environmental responsibility and win some great prizes!

Successfest promises comical and informative videos

The Environmental Studies Institute will host its annual "Successfest" on June 1 from 4-6pm, featuring videos created by seniors in professor Peter Kareiva's Capstone course. These short videos are creative, informative, and downright entertaining! Topics addressed in the films include the economic benefits of environmentalism, breaking down the "hippie" stereotype, water, paper use at SCU, and more. Don't miss out on this exciting event and amazing acting talent!

Car-sharing program popular with students

April was a month of milestones for Santa Clara University's fledgling Zipcar program. The university added a third vehicle to its fleet and approved its 100th Zipcar member, indicating high usage of the car-sharing program. Both feats come only three months after launching the program.

The new car, a Honda Insight hybrid, will be available for rent by the hour only. Santa Clara's other two Zipcars, a Toyota Prius and a Scion xB, can be rented by the hour and overnight. The addition even caught the attention of the university's undergraduate newspaper.

To learn more about Santa Clara's Zipcar program, visit its web page.

New initiative brings sustainability series to campus

Several offices are working to kick off The Sustainability Initiative at Santa Clara, a new effort to address the call by university President Michael Engh, S.J. for Santa Clara to become a leader in sustainability. In his April 2009 inaugural address, Engh proposed that the university, "become a major center for discussions of environmental justice, and for examining the ethical dimensions of how we treat the physical world."

A series of lectures, workshops and other events will begin with Debra Rowe's "So You Don't Think Sustainability Applies to You" lecture on May 11 in the St. Clare Room of the Learning Commons. The programs will be sponsored by the Ignatian Center, the Environmental Studies Institute and the Office of Sustainability. Organizers hope to eventually organize a sustainability "teach-in" for April 2011.

To learn more about the initiative, visit its newly constructed web site.

University recognized for efforts in report by Sustainable Silicon Valley

Several projects and courses from Santa Clara University are featured in the Annual Progress Report recently released by Sustainable Silicon Valley. The document details accomplishments achieved during 2009 and outlines the organization's future goals for 2010. Flip through to see students from the university's Environmental Technology course in action (pg. 15), and learn about the pilot project plan to design and implement a Smart Microgrid on campus (pg. 18).

Local church searching for intern

St. Martin of Tours Parish is looking to hire an intern for their Green Team. The group was recently established by a Santa Clara University alumna under the Diocese of San Jose's Catholic Green Initiative. Responsibilities include delivering presentations to the parish and school, coordinating environmental education opportunities and writing articles for parish and diocese-wide bulletins. Students who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2010 are encouraged to apply.

To learn more, contact Leana Dalton of the Parish Green Team.

Office of Sustainability offering paid internships

The Office of Sustainability is hiring! Does working with a team to promote sustainability initiatives across campus and helping the university go carbon neutral interest you? Check out open internship positions for Faculty and Staff Initiatives and Communications on Bronco Link. Applications are due by May 14.

To learn more about the positions, email Chris or Kristin at sustainabilityintern@scu.edu.

Now accepting applications for peer-educators for sustainability
Interested in being a sustainability leader on campus? Ever thought of being a SLURPer, but don't live in Swig?

The Sustainability Intra-campus Project (SIP) will replace this year's Sustainable Living Council (SLC) and will be an extension of the Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project (SLURP). SIP members do not need to live on the 7th floor of Swig and can live in other buildings, and can belong to other RLCs. SIPpers serve as sustainability leaders (peer-educators) in their residence halls as well as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and Residence Life.
 
The program will be for the duration of the 2010-11 academic year. It offers 6 academic units total, the possibility of an early move-in (if applicable to applicant) and a possible retreat.
 
SIPpers' expectations include raising awareness of environmental concerns and topics such as sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice throughout the RLCs (through bulletin boards, social building events, and informing/recruiting attendees for across campus events, etc.). Fall quarter will involve attending approximately 4-5 lectures regarding sustainability on-campus. Winter and spring will include participation in a research project to enhance campus sustainability and contribute to the culture of sustainability at SCU. (Approximately 2-4 hours of work each week, on average).
 
In turn, SIPpers receive education on hot topics in sustainability, develop leadership skills, conduct campus-based research and outreach, have the opportunity to create lasting change within the SCU community, receive academic credit, and form lasting friendships with their fellow peer-educators!

Apply online by May 14. Contact Cara Uy, Sustainability Intern for Residence Life, with questions. (sustainabilityintern@scu.edu, attn: Cara)

Participate in Survey to Improve Recycling Education
Sean Andrew and Rochelle Stowe are devoting their Capstone work to improve the communication strategies used by the University to reduce overall waste
through recycling and compost programs.

Students: please take their survey.

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