Santa Clara University

sustainability at scu

Annual Events

  • RMlogo_websmRecycleMania! (Winter Quarter)

    RecycleMania is a ten-week competition between colleges and universities throughout the US and Canada. Which schools can reduce their waste and recycle the most material?
  • 2013 Energy Challenge. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability. Residence Energy Challenge (Winter Quarter)

    Campus residents aim to reduce their energy use! The residence halls that use the least amount of electricity (as compared to it's historical electricity use, adjusted per capita) or have the most enthusiastic residents in energy conservation will be awarded prizes!
  • Eco-Fashion ShowEco-Fashion & Art Show (Winter Quarter)

    The Eco-Fashion & Art Show and its related events seek to educate about the influence and impact of the fashion industry. Students, staff, and faculty members are encouraged to design and create creative outfits made out of recyclable or waste materials as an educational tool. Audience members have fun, and learn about items and products they frequently use, and are invited to think about alternative uses and reuses of those items, instead of sending all of those products straight to landfill.

  • Student shopping for new clothes at SCU's Swap for GoodSwap for Good (Spring Quarter)

    The Office of Sustainability and Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP) are working together to bring this clothing exchange for students, staff, and faculty of SCU. With this, we seek to serve the needs of local community organizations, such as the women and children of the local Home Safe shelters in Santa Clara and San Jose who would benefit from the collection of women and children’s clothing. 
  • grad pledgeGraduation Pledge (Spring Quarter)

    Seniors: join your classmates in a pledge to consider the social and environmental consequences of your careers. By taking the Graduation Pledge, you define for yourself what it means to be socially and environmentally responsible. There is not obligation to turn down jobs... the graduation pledge is simply a way for you to ensure that your job represents more than a paycheck.
  • moveoutWaste Diversion During Move-Out (Spring Quarter)

    During a stressful and hectic finals week, it's tempting to simply dump all your items into the nearest trash bin. However, SCU has implemented programs to provide options for responsible recycling and donations. In the last four years, students have diverted over 10 tons of material during the move-out process.