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President's Updates: Sustainability and Climate Neutrality
From the President’s Office:
This January, Santa Clara completed another milestone in our obligations as a signatory of the American College and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment.
When Santa Clara signed the Climate Commitment in 2007, we recognized the need to “model ways to eliminate global warming emissions, and to provide the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.” On Jan. 15, the Office of Sustainability submitted Santa Clara University’s “Climate Neutrality Action Plan.” As a Jesuit and Catholic University, we have the responsibility to provide leadership in developing a more sustainable way of living. This action plan is another manifestation of our ongoing efforts.
The solar panels installation and our newly-instituted Zipcar program on campus are other concrete examples of how we are incorporating renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions in everyday operations. I commend the Office of Sustainability and University Operations for spearheading these initiatives.