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Buildings and Grounds

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Building Design 

Santa Clara University is a member of The Green Building Council, the overseeing body of the LEED rating system. We have staff that have been trained in the principles of LEED and retain a number of LEED certified design consultants. The Office of Projects and Planning has completed an initial analysis of the proposed new Leavey School of Business building based on the LEED criteria with promising results.

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Water Conservation

The University has responded to Governor Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought state of emergency in California with a goal to reduce the campus' potable water use by 20 percent. We have committed to reduce landscaping watering by 20 percent. Most of campus (over 85 percent) is already irrigated with recycled water, and we are expanding use of recycled water whenever possible.

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Graham Residence Hall

The first residence facility that is certified with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. Graham offers mini-suites, full kitchens, a small theater, outdoor entertainment areas, and classrooms. It has exceptional conditions for living, learning, and collaborating, as well as exposure to sustainable design.

Admission and Enrollment Services

Schott Admission and Enrollment Services

The Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services building offers answers to Bursar, Financial Aid, and Registrar-related questions. The newest building to SCU gives a strong impression of the campus' beauty, support, liveliness, and commitment to sustainability.

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Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activities Center

In the fall of 2011, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification to Santa Clara University's Paul Locatelli, S. J. Student Activities Center. The center was completed in June of 2010 in honor of the longest serving university president, Paul Locatelli, S.J.

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Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Orradre Library

The Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library opened in March 2008. Though twice the size of the previous building, the 194,000 square foot campus hub consumes the same amount of energy.

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Donald L. Lucas Hall

The Leavey School of Business building is designed to be 10% more energy efficient than California Title 24 requirements. The building has added exterior wall and roof insulation, double pane windows, high efficiency chillers and boilers, and automatic lighting controls. Over 75 percent of rooms in the building have both natural lighting and views of the outside. Construction materials were recycled, and building materials (carpeting, furniture, steel, and concrete) are composed of recycled material.

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Kennedy Commons

The Commons at Kennedy Mall promotes sustainable design and green building concepts by example and through education. The Commons serves as a learning laboratory by incorporating sustainable components and measuring their performance over time. This building demonstrates that sustainability responds to community, environmental, and economic needs.

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SCU uses Green Seal Certified cleaning products.

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In 2008, Santa Clara University began painting building exteriors with a coating system that reflects heat from the invisible portion of the light spectrum.

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Santa Clara's newest building is also its first LEED certified building.

Contact Us

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