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.

Past Interns

Asti Chandrakar. MBA.
Sustainability Intern, Curriculum Development. November 2013 - July 2014. 

Julia Peters. Class of 2015. 
Sustainability Intern, Athletics & Recreation. October 2013 - September 2014. 

Kelsey Baker. Class of 2014.
Sustainability Intern, Communications. September 2013 - June 2014.

Lynsey Cumberford-Palmer. Class of 2014.
Sustainability Intern, Employee Engagement. January 2013- June 2014.

Claire Ryan. Class of 2014.
Sustainability Intern, Residence Life. September 2013 - June 2014.

Claire Overholt. Class of 2014.
Sustainability Intern, Student Engagement. September 2013 - June 2014.

Megan Anders. Class of 2014. 
Sustainability Intern, Athletics and Recreation. January 2012 - October 2013 

Preet Anand. Class of 2010. 
Sustainability Intern, Sustainable Office Assessment Project. April 2008 - June 2008 

Olivia Benson. Class of 2014.
Sustainability Intern, Forge Garden Events and Outreach. March 2013 - March 2014 

Amelia Evans. Class of 2013. 
Sustainability Intern, Residence Life. January 2012 - June 2013 

Chloe Fitzmaurice-Shean. Class of 2012. 
Sustainability Intern, Residence Life. September 2010 - June 2011 

Jennifer Gore. Class of 2009. 
Sustainability Intern, Faculty and Staff Initiatives. April 2008 - August 2009 

Elizabeth Hart. Class of 2012. 
Sustainability Intern, Faculty and Staff Initiatives. September 2011 - July 2012 

Kaelin Holland. Class of 2011. 
Recycling Intern. June 2009 - June 2011 

Richard Jaramillo. Class of 2011. 
Sustainability Intern, Reporting and Assessments. October 2008 - June 2009 

Molly Kagel. Class of 2011. 
Sustainability Intern, Faculty and Staff Initiatives. September 2010 - August 2011 

Tracey Mangin. Class of 2009. 
Recycling Intern. July 2007 - June 2009 

Emily Orbanek. Class of 2011. 
Sustainability Intern, Communications. September 2010 - June 2011 

Julia Peters. Class of 2015. 
Sustainability Intern, Athletics & Recreation. October 2013- September 2014. 

Brandon Ridley. Class of 2006. 
Sustainability Assessment Intern. June 2006 - September 2006 

Christiane Sanicola. Class of 2013. 
Sustainability Intern, Waste Diversion. January 2012 - June 2013 

Aven Satre-Meloy. Class of 2013. 
Sustainability Intern, Communications. January 2012 - June 2013 

Hannah Slocum. Class of 2011. 
Sustainability Intern, Student Initiatives. October 2008 - June 2011 

Kristin Sterling. Class of 2010. 
Sustainability Intern, Faculty & Staff Initiatives. August 2009 - September 2010 

Michelle Tang. Class of 2013. 
Sustainability Intern, Student Initiatives. January 2012 - June 2013 

Peter Thamer. Class of 2008. 
Sustainability Assessment Intern. January 2007 - June 2008 

Emily Thomas. Class of 2010. 
Sustainability Intern, Emissions Inventory for Catholic Relief Services. November 2008 - June 2010

Cara Uy. Class of 2011. 
Sustainability Intern, Residence Life & Move-Out Waste Diversion. August 2009 - September 2010 

Christopher Woodhouse. Class of 2010. 
Sustainability Intern, Communications & Reporting. September 2009 - September 2010
Contact Us

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