Santa Clara University Seeks to Change the Food and Agriculture Business

Students and faculty from Santa Clara University are pioneering a new initiative called “No produce Left Behind,” which seeks to change how the food and agriculture business is operated. This project began by students visit numerous California farms and learning about the system as a whole, “their goal was to identify the potential of salvaging wasted fresh vegetable and fruit produce and diverting it to local food banks that need it.” Because the market standard for fresh produce is so strict and rigid, produce that does not meet the standards is left in the field to rot and then is tilled back into the soil of used a low-value animal feed. As students visited different farms, they documented by plot the amount of food wasted. This is a long complicated process that takes into account a variety of stakeholders.

One of the main hurdles of the “No Produce Left Behind” project is that “the system right now doesn’t pay for what’s left to go to the food banks. Growers would need to cover their costs in order to harvest and pack food destined for food banks.” The Food and Agribusiness Institute is taking the first step to change the system in order for food banks to receive the fresh foods they desire. This is one of many steps that will hopefully lead to a more just and sustainable food and agriculture system that seeks to serve.

To read more about the work done by Santa Clara University, visit the Santa Clara Magazine.

Iona College Using Cars to Aid Veterans

Iona College recently partnered with Wrap for a Cause, a program looking to promote awareness for charities by using campus vehicles as mobile billboards. Iona has been promoting local non-profit Operation Valiant Veterans this past semester. Operation Valiant Veterans seeks to “raise scholarship, educational and health resources benefiting veterans in the New York metro area colleges and universities, one mile at a time.” Paul J. Sutera, Iona College Senior Vice President for Advancement & External Affairs, stated that “our veterans have given so much with their service to our country, and we, at Iona, appreciate their dedication and sacrifice, and are proud to be able to give back.”

Wrap for a Cause is a mobile marketing company that partners with local non-profits and charities in order to promote awareness of non-profits such as Operation Valiant Veterans. Iona College respects and defends the mission on Operation Valiant Veterans to “fight for the future health and safety of our men and women in uniform as they transition into civilian life” in any way that they can.

To hear more about Iona’s partnership, visit Iona news.

Misericordia University to Open Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health

Misericordia University recently announced that it is launching a Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine and Health. The center will prove beneficial to Misericordia because 40 percent of the student body is enrolled in health and medical sciences programs.

Stacy Gatlin, who will serve as director, stated that “[Misericordia] plans to develop a generation of scholars, bioethicists, and future community leaders who are engaged in research and program development that goes beyond the classroom. We will offer programs that aim to transcend generational, religious, and professional boundaries, and unite the community in service of a shared ideal: the importance of balancing necessary medical and scientific progress with the need to protect the sanctity of all human life.”

To read the full article, view the National Catholic Reporter Online.

Misericordia University Begins Music and Memory Program

Students at Misericordia University are bringing music to residents of a local nursing home through the nationwide Music and Memory Program. Students are collecting iPods to use to provide personalized music collections to patients that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive challenges. The music awakens memories that had previously been thought lost. For many patients, listening to songs that they used to love immediately have a positive reaction.

The first patient the students worked with was Elizabeth Wallace, a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Elizabeth had not spoken for over four years. After spending time listening to the iPod given to her by Misericordia students filled with her favorite songs, she began making eye contact, nodding her head and even responding “yep” to a question from her husband.

Upholding the dignity of every person is central to Misericordia’s Catholic identity, with programs like these that reflect that commitment at every stage of life. Read more on the Music and Memory Program at Misericordia University here.

Climate Change and Human Health Webinar

Have you wondered how climate change is impacting our health and what steps we can take to reduce these impacts? Catholic Climate Covenant invites you to register for their upcoming webinar:

The Growing Crisis: Climate Change’s Impacts on Human Health

   Tuesday, November 22 from 3:00-4:00 pm (EST)

The webinar will explore:

  • Why climate change is an issue for people of faith.
  • How climate change is impacting health.
  • Steps we can take to reduce our impact on climate change and address health problems related to climate change.

Presenter: Laura Anderko, Ph.D., RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, public health, and environmental health.

REGISTER HERE

Faith, Climate, and Health at Cabrini

Are you interested in how faith and climate intersect? Consider attending Cabrini College’s conference: Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The conference is free of charge and it invites concerned citizens to gather to examine the perils of climate change and how it effects the health of our most vulnerable. The conference will also discuss how we as a society and as a people of faith can address these issues.

Click here for more information.

Save the date: Cabrini College hosting conference on climate change

“FAITH, CLIMATE, AND HEALTH: CREATION CARE FOR A GREENER FUTURE”

Grace Hall, Cabrini College

610 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, PA 19087

Friday, April 17, 2015, 9a.m.-2p.m.

At this free conference, concerned citizens will gather to examine the perils of climate change and how we as a society can address them.

  • SEE – the spiritual call to care for God’s creation.
  • JUDGE – the scientific evidence about the threats posed by climate change.
  • ACT – with practical initiatives on how to undertake take political, institutional, and personal advocacy to arrest climate change and bring about a greener world.

U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey has been invited to be the keynote speaker on

“The Impact of Climate Change on Children’s Health”

Additional Speakers Include:

  • John Francis Burke, Ph.D., Cabrini College, “The Greening of Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center ”From Eden to Shabbat to Jubilee: The Earth-Oriented Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures “

Breakout Sessions

  • Carrie Nielsen, Ph.D., Cabrini College, A Scientific Engagement of Environmental Health Issues
  • Chuck Marshall, Central Baptist Church, Striving for a Carbon-Neutral Faith-Based Community – The Case of Central Baptist, Wayne PA
  • The Shalom Center, Environmental Political Advocacy – “Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet”
  • Mitch Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network, The Joseph Pledge – Preparing Churches for Extreme Weather & Climate Change

Lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsors:

Cabrini College

Shalom Center

PA Interfaith Power and Light

Evangelical Environmental Network

PHILADELPHIA Interfaith Power and Light

The PA Religious Coalition on Creation Care

The National Religious Coalition on Creation Care