Santa Clara University


Climate Neutrality


Santa Clara University is a Charter Signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. We first developed a Climate Neutrality Action Plan in 2010, and have a goal to achieve Climate Neutrality by 2020.

Historical Greenhouse Gas Emissions

View GHG Inventories submitted to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. We have published inventories for the following years: 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Thank you to the following departments for providing information for our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories: University Operations, Facilities, International Programs, and the University Finance Office.

Climate Neutrality Timeline

Fr. Locatelli became a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

SCU completed and submitted our first greenhouse gas emissions inventories for 2007 and 2009.

The Sustainability Council and Office of Sustainabiltiy completed SCU's first Climate Neutrality Action Plan. The draft was open to University community comment from June through August, 2009.

SCU's Climate Neutrality Action Plan was approved by Fr. Engh and submitted to the ACUPCC. Download the 2010 Climate Neutrality Action Plan draft, and view the public report on ACUPCC's web site.

SCU submitted our first Progress Report to ACUPCC.

The University continues to implement initiatives to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The 2015 Climate Neutrality Action Plan, which is currently in revision, is a two-part update on the 2010 Climate Neutrality Plan and is fundamental to supporting Goal 2 of the 2020 Integrated Strategic Plan: "Strengthen SCU's culture of environmental sustainability by becoming a climate-neutral, zero-waste campus that serves as a living laboratory for developing global solutions rooted in Catholic social thought." Part I of the Climate Neutrality Action Plan outlines SCU's plans to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and educational experience for all students as well as to expand research efforts and community engagement to achieve climate neutrality and advance sustainability. Part II outlines SCU's carbon neutrality operational strategy (forthcoming).

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Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053