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Climate Neutrality

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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 the end of 2015.


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

2007 Fr. Locatelli became a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

2008 SCU completed and submitted our first greenhouse gas emissions inventories for 2007 and 2009.

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.

2010 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.

2012 SCU submitted our first Progress Report to ACUPCC.

2014 The University continues to implement initiatives to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The 2014 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 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 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, Summer/ Fall 2014).

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Athletics & Recreation Sustainability Initiatives
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Adam Irino: Helping Sustainable Lifestyles
Adam Irino: Helping Sustainable Lifestyles

With passionate motivation and creative solutions, Adam Irino has worked with Athletics and Recreation to make Santa Clara University a more sustainable campus.

2014 Residence Energy Challenge
2014 Residence Energy Challenge

Lights out, SCU! This year, we have two leagues for the competing residence halls. Find out what you and your RLC can do to get ahead in 2014 Residence Energy Challenge.

Contact Us

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