Archive for Campus Sustainability

Boboto high school students win national poster competition on nature and environment

2016_04_30_P&P_Photo1Jean-Christian Ndoki, SJ

Benjamin Kataliko and Benjamin Kambale, students from Collège Boboto, a Jesuit high school in Kinshasa, DR Congo (DRC), won first place in a national poster contest on nature and the environment.  Under the supervision of a school professor, Mr Dénis Nzeza, they designed a poster on plastic waste that showed not only ways to recycle plastic waste, but also the need to change attitudes.

Jesuit university creates magic garden in response to ‘Laudato si”

12375244_10206377188163249_7435265557932178911_o-696x392Something “magical” is happening inside the Ateneo de Davao University campus, a Jesuit institution in the southern Philippines.

A patch of green nestled between towering buildings has been attracting dragonflies after every downpour. When the space is dry, students crowd around the intimate and friendly area to read or simply relax. It is called by many names — Sunken Garden, Laudato si’ Park, Laudatu si’ Lake, and Magical Garden.

Jim Palma, an advocate of sustainable urban drainage system, said there is nothing magical about the space, only “magical responses.” Palma, who teaches architecture at the university and who designed and developed the area, said it was magical the way the space functions and responds to weather.

The University Should Divest from Fossil Fuels

IMG_3814-622x933In January of 2016, we, Fossil Free SCU, released a response letter criticizing the university’s decision to not remove its investments in commingled funds that include fossil fuel-extraction companies.

Although the university committed to a small number of new, sustainable investments, it made no commitments to reduce its stock in fossil fuels, nor offer any transparency on the school’s portfolio. Divestment, we argue, is crucial to Santa Clara’s mission for a more “just, humane and sustainable world.”

Environmental Commitment

loyola-university-new-orleans-pack-planet-recyclePack Planet is a Residential Life initiative that symbolizes our dedication to helping create a more sustainable future for Loyola University and the city of New Orleans. It is a commitment to reduce our environmental impact by emphasizing environmentally sustainable practices and policies.

Living on campus and in other community-style housing is a “greener” way to live, because the cost associated with day to day living (heating and A/C, etc.) is spread out over a large group of people, as opposed to just a few living in an apartment or a house. Living on campus also greatly reduces the need to drive.