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Wednesday, May. 5, 2010

Lecture targets sustainability skeptics

Debra Rowe, Ph.D., will be on campus to address sustainability skeptics with her lecture, "So You Don't Think Sustainability Applies to You," on Tuesday, May 11, from 4:30-6:00PM. Rowe is the President of the U.S. Parnership for Education for Sustainable Development, which seeks to coordinate a variety of different sectors to achieve sutainability in higher education. Often a speaker at education conferences and an author of many publications on the subject, Rowe seeks to promote initiatives and strategies to help integrate sustainability into higher education.

Rowe will also meet with campus sustainability leaders to discuss how to more throughly integrate a culture of sustainability into the Santa Clara University community The Tuesday afternoon event will take place in the St. Clare Room in the Learning Commons.

Solar investment workshop

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition will host a solar panel recycling workshop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose at 2 pm on May 19. Panelists from California Product Stewardship Council, First Solar, SolarWorld, SVTC, and UC Berkeley will explain why investing in solar PV companies that have responsible recycling and take-back programs is important for the future of a healthy California. The event will be held in room 225.

To learn more, visit Participants are asked to RSVP.

Students educate peers about Pepsi cups and composting

Did you know that our campus disposes almost 11,000 Pepsi cups each week? Did you also know that Pepsi cups are NOT compostable?

The GREEN Club, students in a communication class, and Dining Services by Bon Appetit are trying to change that. May 10 through May 21, visit tables in Market Square to learn how we can not only reduce the number of one-use beverage cups trashed at SCU, but also encourage Pepsi to develop a compostable to-go beverage cup.

Food and food waste workshop

On May 21 from noon to 1:00pm, the Office of Sustainability will host a staff and faculty workshop with the following theme: Healthy Food for a Healthy Planet: How to pick, buy, prepare, and enjoy seasonal vegetables including how to compost afterward.

Come share and receive ideas on how to cook different seasonal vegetables and learn what to do with the scraps when you're through. Master Composter Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner will give a brief presentation on how worms can be used to compost food waste following presentations by the Food & Agribusiness Institute, Santa Clara University's Bronco Urban Garden, and Office of Sustainability interns on different topics related to this important food group! There will also be a Veggie-Dish Competition, in which participants prepare and share their favorite vegetable recipes. The program will be held in the Benson Center, Room 21.

For more information and to sign up for the Veggie-Dish Competition, please email

Please register for the event through Santa Clara's Human Resources web site.

TOMS "Style Your Sole" party

There will be a TOMS "Style Your Sole" party Wednesday, May 26, from 3-8pm on the Kennedy Mall! Anyone can come to the party and decorate their own pair of TOMS. Art supplies will be provided - participants need only bring their shoes and creativity. The TOMS documentary about their One-for-One movement will be shown in Kennedy Commons Room 109 at 5pm. Don't have a pair for the Sole Party and never heard of One-for-One? Read up on the movement and order a pair. By ordering a pair online, TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child in a developing country. Donating is as simple as buying a pair for yourself. The event will be hosted by the University's Sustainable Living Council and the Santa Clara Community Action Program, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability.

Library hosts new art exhibit from abroad program

From now until June 11, the third-floor gallery of Santa Clara University's library will display the "Reading West Africa: Literacy and Libraries in Burkina Faso" exhibit. The collection is based on a Fall 2009 immersive study abroad program, during which students worked in libraries, created children's books, and otherwise helped promote literacy in Burkina Faso.

The exhibit, made possible through collaboration with Friends of African Village Libraries, features items from a variety of Santa Clara students faculty. Students' books that were created as part of their Burkina Faso study abroad program are accompanied by local children's artwork and testimonies about the program. Also featured are photos by Santa Clara Art and Art History lecturer David Pace and items from the personal collection of the Environmental Studies Institute Director Leslie Gray and Economics Department Chair Michael Kevane.

For more information, visit this study abroad program's web site.

Visit the library's web site for more information about the exhibit.

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