Pope Francis’ call to “care for our common home” resonates differently depending upon where people live. For people living in more ecologically vulnerable parts of the world, such as the islands that compose the Philippines, it can define a path to survival.
Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, S.J., president of Ateneo de Manila University and one of the scientists who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, will be at Santa Clara University April 6 to discuss pathways of hope that he sees, for those who seek to care for our common home. His talk will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Saint Clare Room of Santa Clara University’s Harrington Learning Commons. It is part of a series of Santa Clara Lectures funded through the generosity of the Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at SCU.
Everything we do impacts on our natural environment. Our everyday actions may accelerate environmental degradation or reduce our carbon footprints. In recent years, the need to embrace sustainable development or the promotion of an integrated social, economic and environmental cohesion has risen. Adopting sustainable products, technologies, habits and even building green structures has become a norm. Individuals, corporate, government entities and even educational institutions have started to espouse systematic approaches towards sustainability.
Universities are faced with challenges of implementing environmental management systems that will promote sustainability in many aspects of its operations (i.e., energy and resource conservation, waste management, campus mobility, and environmental education). This project investigates the process that go into campus sustainability planning, implementation, and monitoring, in an effort to assist other institutions in executing effective environmental management systems. This approach uses systems dynamics (SD) but with participation from stakeholders for more effective implementation.
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The second in the Sustainability Lecture Series, “The Warmth of the Stove: Designing Spaces as if We We’re Humans” was a lecture delivered by Dr. Remmon Barbaza on 29 August, 2014, at the Faber Hall Hall Function Room. “What is it about the kitchen that makes us gather around it?” This question is central to the insights in his talk, where Dr. Barbaza shared his thoughts on space, design, of focus, and of places with a center.