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Posted on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010

Solar Energy Installation
What gives off enough clean energy to power 129 average-sized American homes for an entire year? Santa Clara's newly activated 967.68 kilowatt solar energy system.

All those solar panels on top of the parking garage, the Leavey Event Center and the Pat Malley Recreation Center, are projected to generate 1.42 million kilowatt hours of clean energy in their first full year of operation.

Teaming with Perpetual Energy Systems (Perpetual), a national power purchase agreement (PPA) provider/financier of solar-powered, renewable energy systems, the University hosts the solar installations without any capital outlay. Perpetual owns and operates the system, selling the clean energy back to SCU at a predetermined price.

Living Green in the Neighborhood: Sustainable House Certification Program
Attention all off-campus students! The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Associated Student Government, is proud to announce Living Green in the Neighborhood, a sustainable house certification program for student houses or apartments that demonstrate sustainable habits or features.

Houses that enter the program will be ranked Going Green, Beyond Green, or Certified Sustainable based on how many points they achieve, and will receive a prize for each level!

There will be tons of ways to earn points, including participating in the Residence Energy Challenge, attending events, and switching out conventional cleaning products for eco-friendly ones, among many others. Houses that are interested should e-mail Hannah: sustainabilityintern@scu.edu for more information.

Holiday Food Drive
Keep families well-fed this holiday season, by contributing to Santa Clara's Annual Holiday Food and Fund Drive, organized by Campus Ministry. All donations go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, which collects and distributes more than 30 million pounds of food each year to low-income families.

There are many ways to contribute. If you have outstanding library fees, bring a non-perishable item to the University Library and have $2 waived for each item donated. Collection bins are located on the first floor of the Learning Commons and outside the Cellar Market in downstairs Benson. Cash donations can also be made online. Help Campus Ministry reach their goal of $2,500.

Below is a list of the most desirable non-perishable food donations: Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), tuna/canned meat, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, low sugar cereals, 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes, canned fruit packed in its own juice, and low salt canned vegetables. Please do not donate items packaged in glass or bulk quantities of rice, flour, or sugar.

Family Giving Tree
Information Services asks you to help needy families this holiday season, by taking a tag from the Family Giving Tree in the library lobby. Adopt a family or child this Christmas by purchasing something that's on their wish list. Please take gifts or envelopes to the Learning Commons room 215 to Ashley Lester or Terry Hingston. Don't forget to tape the tag securely, and please include a toothbrush.

Tech Award Showcase: Taking Social Innovation to Scale
On November 4th, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) at Santa Clara hosted the Tech Awards Showcase. This exhibition featured the work of the 15 Tech Awards Laureates who were honored two nights later at the Tech Awards Gala.

The honorees displayed their projects, which are all examples of innovative uses of technology to address global inequalities and benefit humanity. The Showcase, which was open to the public free of charge, was part of a one-day conference called "Taking Social Innovations to Scale", which brought together the laureates, non-governmental organizations, donors, investors, the University community, and corporate partners.

The goal of the conference, according to Radha Basu, the managing director of CSTS, was to "help these tech laureates...to scale up their work in order to have a greater impact" and to "facilitate a network that can enable these innovations to reach many more people."

Chill Out and win $1,000
Santa Clara's ongoing list of sustainability initiatives and projects could help you win $1,000. Chill Out, Campus Solutions to Global Warming, is a nation wide video contest, created by the National Wildlife Federation, to capture the unique and important work campuses are doing to lessen their carbon footprint. The six best two-minute videos, showcasing campus climate initiatives win $1000. Choose from one of six categories including "Students in Action" and "Innovation Research, Design and Technology." Grab a camera, some friends and start documenting. The deadline for submissions is December 19. For more information, rules and registration.

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