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Friday, Jul. 23, 2010

Santa Clara University Honored as Green Power Champion
Silicon Valley Power held its third annual Energy Innovator Competition to recognize companies which implement energy reduction or "green" or renewable energy programs. For the second year in a row, SCU was named the Green Power Champion, an award given to the company with the most innovative and successful approach to its overall commitment to green power purchases and other renewable energy programs. The University is committed to achieving climate neutrality by the end of 2015, and in order to accomplish this has become the largest participant in the Santa Clara Green Power program, purchasing 22,512 megawatt hours during the time of the competition.

In April of 2009, SCU implemented an energy savings strategy, which included initiatives such as:

  • Changing custodial cleaning hours from late night to early mornings to reduce the amount of electricity used by buildings overnight.
  • Enforcing building temperature set points (68 degrees F for heating, 78 degrees F for cooling).
  • Lighting and HVAC upgrade across the campus further improved building energy efficiency.
  • Peak demand management enabled the University to shed loads when needed to control peak demand. In addition, SCU has just finished construction of its first LEED certified building (the Locatelli Center), has installed solar panels on several campus buildings, and uses recycled water for irrigation and in some bathrooms, among many other initiatives to promote sustainability.

Results: Living Green in the Neighborhood
Santa Clara University's first energy-saving competition for students living off campus, Living Green in the Neighborhood, wrapped up in late May with notable results. All participating houses reduced their energy consumption. The winning house, which lowered its electricity use an average 47 percent compared to pre-competition rates, was reimbursed for its energy bills during the three months of the competition. In addition, prizes were awarded each month of the contest to the houses that used the least amount of energy per capita. A website for the competition offered tips for how to save, reduce household energy consumptions and compete for prizes. The contest was co-sponsored by Santa Clara's Associated Student Government and Office of Sustainability.

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
SCU students, faculty, and staff recently attended and contributed to the ninth annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Hosted at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, the conference featured exhibitors and sponsors among the leaders in green business, as well as faculty, staff, and students who promote sustainability on their campuses. The Santa Clara attendees included Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, Sustainability Interns Chris Woodhouse ('10), Kristin Sterling ('10), Cara Uy ('11), Hannah Slocum ('11), and faculty member Amy Shachter. Each SCU representative gave presentations about sustainability initiatives at SCU. All students attended the conference for free, or at a reduced rate by volunteering for 10 hours during the conference.

Shachter presented her work with the Sustainability and Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) project, which emphasizes science education with a global and social outlook. Cromwell Kalkbrenner presented on the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a comprehensive and transparent self-reporting sustainability assessment which the Office of Sustainability is currently working to complete. Sterling's presentation, entitled "Take a Hike!" detailed the Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program (CLASP), which is a class offered through the Leavey School of Business which aims to educate future sustainability leaders in business by going on several hikes throughout the quarter and then reflecting on these experiences. Finally, Woodhouse, Uy, and Slocum presented at the Student Convergence where they explained how the Office has made use of Dr. Robert Cialdini's six "principles of influence" to promote a culture of sustainability at SCU. SCU also featured a poster from Environmental Ethics Fellow Liza Dadiomov ('10) which analyzed the extent to which sustainability is integrated into the culture at SCU.

In addition to giving, well-attended presentations, the SCU team also left with an array of new ideas from the other presenters. Sterling was most impressed by a presentation about Green Office certifications, which helped her gain ideas for SCU's new sustainable office certification program. As a number of Santa Clara's most successful sustainability initiatves, such as the Residence Energy Challenge and the Sustainable Intracampus Project (SIP), have been born out of ideas from other schools, the Office of Sustainability is looking forward to finding ways to integrate what they learned in LA into our existing sustainability programs.

View photos from the conference.

Global Innovation Dialogue, Global Women's Leadership Network
August 5, 2010. 4:30-7:00pm, Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activities Center
Global Leaders for Justice is the latest leadership program offered through the partnership between the Leavey School of Business and the Santa Clara Law School. SOCIAL JUSTICE: It is more than a concept or a lofty ideal. It affects each of us every day - it is about equal access, equal opportunity, social economic equality for all.
Attend the Global Innovation Dialogue to hear 20 Global Leaders from 14 different countries share their vision for creating a world of economic security through:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health Care
  • Food Security
  • Gender Equity
  • Education
  • Human Rights

Registration Information: Admission is complimentary with pre-registration.
Sponsorships opportunities are available. For more information, contact Mariana Faerron at

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