Santa Clara University

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History

The University adopted a Sustainability Policy in 2004 which institutionalized a commitment to improve our campus environmental stewardship, education, and outreach. Two years later, a Sustainability Coordinator was hired to foster campus collaboration and support University programs.

In 2007, Santa Clara University’s (SCU) President (the late Father Paul Locatelli, S.J.) signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which required the University to establish a focused plan to achieve climate neutrality and broader plans to integrate sustainability into our education (teaching and research), outreach to others, and stewardship of natural resources. A Climate Neutrality Action Plan has emerged from over two years of broad consultation with the University community—including administrators, faculty, staff, and students—coordinated by the University’s Office of Sustainability and its Sustainability Council. The campus will produce zero net greenhouse gas emissions, or will be known as "climate-neutral," by the end of 2015. 

The Office of Sustainability, composed of a full-time Sustainability Coordinator and undergraduate student interns, was formally established soon after the signing of the Climate Commitment, and was located within the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) building.

Lindsey Cromwell-Kalkbrenner, Sustainability Coordinator, was promoted to Director of the Office of Sustainability in 2010, and in the fall of 2012, a new Sustainability Coordinator, Cara K. Uy, and Forge Garden Manager, A.Rose Madden, were added to the team—a total of 3 staff and 7 undergraduate interns. Shortly after, the management of the Bronco Urban Gardens program (BUG) shifted from ESI to the Office, working space moved to Varsi Hall in the Mission Gardens, and the team added two new interns, who would support the two new Faculty Associates. Subsequent to all these changes in 2013, the Office of Sustainability became the Center for Sustainability.
 
Our campus continues to emphasize the importance of striving towards climate neutrality and sustainability through stewardship, academia, and outreach. The Center for Sustainability is committed to furthering this campus culture by engaging students, faculty, and staff with society, the environment, and one another.
Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 sustainability@scu.edu