Santa Clara University


Buildings and Grounds


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.


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.

Enrollment Building Rain Garden


The campus landscape is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also serves an important function and promotes a more sustainable relationship with our natural resources.

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.

Locatelli student activities center

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.

learning commons

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.

Lucas Hall

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.

kennedy commons roof

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. NEW UPDATE on the FAQs about the removal of the living green roof (March 2015).


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.

Recent news


Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Have you heard of Green Seal products? No, it’s not an abnormally colored marine mammal - Green Seal is a non-profit organization committed to developing sustainability standards and offering third-party certification for companies’ products. These standards take into account chemical ingredients, life-cycle analysis of the materials, energy efficiency, and more. Essentially, if you want to know how sustainable your purchasing is, start checking for the Green Seal!

Santa Clara University’s Facilities Department strives to always purchase the most eco-friendly products, including cleaning supplies. As of last year’s major janitorial products purchasing, 86% were either Green Seal or EcoLogo (another “green” standardizing organization) certified. The vast majority of this success was due to sustainable paper products and compostable bin liners. Next year, Facilities plans to close the gap by adding more Green Seal hand cleaning products and floor chemicals.

To stay environmentally-conscious while cleaning at home (or in the residence hall), try products at your local grocery store or at SCU’s Cellar Market, where soap that is organic, fair trade, non-GMO, all-purpose, and smells wonderful is available! Goods like these are a great way to avoid harmful toxins in the places you live, while supporting a more sustainable world in the places they’re produced.

Contributed by Blair Libby '16, Intern, Waste Diversion

Tags: Buildings and Grounds, Did You Know?, Responsible Consumerism

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