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Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
Strategic Plan Includes Sustainability at a High Level
The University's understanding of sustainability focuses on the triple-bottom line: environmental protection, economic development, and social development. The 2011 plan stresses the importance sustainability as a multidisciplinary topic, one that "can be illuminated by all fields and perspectives."
Santa Clara's commitment to sustainability sets it apart from other institutions of higher education. The 2011 strategic plan aims to build on the already impressive list of initiatives.
In order to advance justice and sustainability Santa Clara will strive to:
Along with Sustainability and Justice, the other University goals set forth in the 2011 strategic plan include Excellence in Jesuit Education, Engagement with Silicon Valley, Global Understanding and Engagement, and Academic Community.
Event Recap: Pesticide Poisoning Among Farmworkers
Marsh explained the red tape and institutional roadblocks that prevent organizations like his from truly being able to affect broad change. For example, county agricultural boards refuse to look at the medical records of the affected workers solely on the basis that they are not doctors. He also pointed out the oversimplification with which these boards treat pesticides: instead of acknowledging the magnified synergistic health effects of more than one pesticide, they instead treat each pesticide as an isolated case, thus responding insufficiently to the true problems created by these chemicals.
Marsh ended his presentation by encouraging the audience to buy organic produce and support the organic movement overall--not only for our own health, but mostly for the health of the farmworkers who grow the produce. He emphasized the need for transparency, more monitoring and enforcement, and a defined standard of pesticide poisoning.
For more information about the Food and Agribusiness Institute and its upcoming events, visit http://www.scu.edu/business/fai/
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