Santa Clara University is heading into the 2014-15 school year with new
bragging rights: a top spot in Princeton Review's Green College Honor
Roll. The Jesuit university in Silicon Valley earned its first perfect
score in the rankings of 861 colleges across the country. The rankings
note Santa Clara's vested interest in environmental justice and
sustainable living practices for the benefit of society at large.
"Our focus on sustainability can be seen across departments in the Santa
Clara community and we're honored to have our extensive efforts
recognized, says Lindsey Kalkbrenner, director of the Center
for Sustainability. "Sustainability isn't just a buzzword or small
project. It's engrained in our culture and everything we do."
Santa Clara University is among 24 schools to earn a perfect score
including Harvard, Stanford, and Cornell universities. SCU is now
featured in the Princeton Review Guide's Best 379 Colleges and
the Complete Book of Colleges. The publisher found 61 percent of
the 10,116 college applicants surveyed for its 2014 "College Hopes and
Worries Survey" reported a college's commitment to the environment would
impact their decision to apply to or attend a school. Many students in
SCU's incoming Class of 2018 included reflections on the meaning of
sustainability in their applications.
"It's clear more students are placing importance on a school's
commitment to the environment in their college searches and we're proud
to show them we walk the walk when it comes to sustainability," says
Mike Sexton, SCU's vice president for enrollment management.
SCU offers majors in environmental studies and environmental science.
Last year, 778 courses related to sustainability were available to
students. The University's Experiential Learning for Social Justice
component requires all undergraduates to participate in community-based
learning, which often involves environmental justice projects.
The Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project (SLURP) supports
yearlong research projects on ways to make residence life more
sustainable. With help from SLURP, teams of students have coordinated
the installation of water fountains to cut usage of plastic bottles,
studied the effectiveness of fair trade and energy conservation
campaigns on campus, and produced documentaries about campus
sustainability. Students have also partnered with SCU's dining services
to establish a food recovery program where leftovers are donated to a
local food kitchen.
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