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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).

Recent news

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Change Up Your Commute
Change Up Your Commute

The campus offers a variety of transportation programs that enable the community to more easily opt for alternative and sustainable forms of transportation--services like ride or bike-sharing to electric vehicle charging stations.

Millie Kenney: driving change to improve our commutes
Millie Kenney: driving change to improve our commutes

Everyday, hundreds of people travel to and from campus. Millicent Kenney, SCU's Transportation Services Manager, oversees the flow and manages programs that can help ease the commute and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Take Action: Sustainable Transit
Take Action: Sustainable Transit

REDUCE the amount of driving you do. REUSE vintage bikes. RECYCLE vegetable oil for biofuels. RESPECT the electric car!

Contact Us

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