How should SCU conserve water? Report of student forums

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Students in a course on dialogue and deliberation organized three forums for SCU students to discuss how students and the university can conserve water in the current drought. The forums aimed to inform campus decision makers in Operations, Sustainability, and Residence Life. Over 75 students participated in the discussions. Using an issue guide designed by the class, participants learned about the California drought and what SCU is doing in response. Students then discussed three broad approaches to water conservation – voluntary measures, creating incentives to conserve, and mandatory restrictions – as well as more specific action steps we are taking or could take. Attendees were also invited to suggest their own proposals. Students then filled out a survey in which they rated each approach and action step, and evaluated the forum.


Edited report by students in Dialogue and Deliberation course.