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Finding the spirituality of sustainability

missionsustainablemasthead_1Campus Ministry has partnered with the Center for Sustainability to create the “Mission Sustainable Challenge,” a unique opportunity for the campus community. Every day in October, hundreds of students, faculty, and staff, are contemplating the spiritual components of their sustainability behaviors. Each day features a sustainable topic (water, waste, food, transportation, economic development, or social sustainability), and contains a quote or reading as well as prompts to guide participants in reflection about that day’s topic.

A Comprehensive Policy on Sustainability at Santa Clara University

logo_SantaClaraAs a Jesuit and Catholic University, we have the responsibility to provide leadership in developing a more sustainable way of living. By embracing sustainability, the University furthers its mission to act as a voice of reason, conscience, and service to society.

The Forge Garden

forgeweb_artichoke_LK_032713SCU’s 1/2 acre organic garden serves as a campus space for course research, service learning, and sustainable food production. Operating within the Center for Sustainability, the Forge Garden provides a living laboratory for exploration of environmental impacts and social justice surrounding the food system.

Water Conservation

waterdropletByStockemup_GoogleAdvanced_LK_040913SCU strives to reduce water consumption as much as possible. We have reduced the use of potable water with efficient fixtures and appliances. The largest savings of potable water has been due to the use of recycled water for campus landscaping and some plumbing.

Recycling & Waste Diversion

cubes_recycle_032012_4In 2012, SCU disposed of 1,836 tons of waste, which includes 904 tons of landfill waste, 392 tons of recyclables, and 541 tons of compostable material. Containers, labels, and instructional signs have been replaced throughout campus to standardize the University’s waste diversion system. Colors on signs and container labels: Recycling = Blue; Landfill waste = Red/Black; Compost = Green.

Transportation

library_unveils_electric_vehicle_charging_stations_2The University operates a fleet of over 30 electric vehicles for campus operations. Staff and faculty receive benefits such as free carpool parking and reduced rates for public transportation.