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Posted on Friday, May. 6, 2011

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition's 17th Annual Bike to Work Day
May 12, 2011

Spring is finally here; which means we've all been thinking about our lonely bikes sitting in the garage, locked up in an underground parking structure, or stuffed away in some storage shed. How great would it be to dust them off for a ride?

The Silicon Valley Bike Coalition (SVBC) is presenting the 17th annual Bike to Work Day on May 12th, a great reason to tune up the old ten speed and hit the roads with thousands of others including school children, politicians and CEO's.

According to SVBC, over 40 percent of Bay Area commuters live within just five miles of their workplace. If everyone who lived that close to work hung up the car keys, more than 60,000 cars would be removed from the road.

Numerous "Energizer Stations" will be set up throughout the Bay along roadways with heavy commuter activity that will have food, goodies and encouragement for bikers. Just for stopping, bikers will receive a free reusable tote with tips on safety and useful bicycle information. The closest station to SCU is across the El Camino Real at the Santa Clara Caltrain station, but there are plenty of other stations as well.

One morning on the bike is likely to turn into more, making the morning commute much more enjoyable and sustainable.

Food for Thought Speaker Series
Seed Matters: Planting the Foundation of a Sustainable Food Future
May 9th, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Forbes Conference Room, Lucas Hall

The Food and Agribusiness Institute will be hosting another great event as part of their Food for Thought Speaker Series. This month's topic: "Seed Matters: Planting the Foundation of a Sustainable Food Future." Leading the discussion will be Mathew Dillion, advisor to Clif Bar Family Foundation SEED MATTERS and founder of the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA). Learn about development of seed resources and ecological approaches of farming over lunch. The event is free, but RSVP is required.

Follow Your Food: Strawberries
May 17th, 12 p.m.
Williman Room, Benson 

The Food and Agribusiness Institute wraps up its 2010-2011 Follow Your Food series focusing on strawberries. With summer almost here, it's the perfect time to enjoy a strawberry-themed lunch while learning about the fruit's nutritional value, where they're locally sourced and other fun facts like how many strawberries Broncos consume. The event is free, but RSVP is required.

ESI Seminar Series
Bronco Urban Garden, Growing Urban Agriculture and Food Justice
May 20th, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Kennedy Commons

Since Fall 2009, Bronco Urban Gardens have been striving to increase community food security, sustainability and environmental literacy in Santa Clara Country through the co-creation and technical support of urban gardens and garden education programs. Come join learn about BUG's initiatives, as well as hear stories about past and future endeavors.

Affordable Clean Energy for the Underserved
May 23rd,  5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Lucas Hall, Forbes Room 126

Find out how SCU is striving for a more ethical business future. The Center for Science, Technology, and Society, along with Ayllu, a social enterprise organization, will present their work on the "Energy Map." The map displays how different business trends and models, such as execution strategies and growth plans, will drive future social enterprise in global and local markets. The "Energy Map" involved 40 social enterprises who participated in the Global Social Benefit Incubator and Tech Awards These organizations realize the benefits of creating an interest in cost-effective, appropriate local solutions that simultaneously decrease cost along with environmental impact and health risks in areas that lack basic human needs such as electricity or running water. The event is free, but RSVP is required.

Food for Fines
Now until June 3rd
Harrington Learning Commons

It's that time of the quarter again; food for fines is back! Pay off your library fines with cans of food that will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Each item of food is good for $2 off fines. Second Harvest is specifically interested in peanut butter, meals in a can, 100% fruit juices, cereal, powdered milk and canned foods with pop-top lids. Food for fines will continue until June 3rd at the Library Circulation desk on the first floor of Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library. Feel free to drop off food even you don't have fines.