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Energy and Climate
Over the past seven years the university has maintained an aggressive program of lighting and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) upgrades to reduce energy consumption.
The Santa Clara University campus is currently home to photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, and a wind turbine.
SCU is on course to install a smart microgrid, which ties its power source, transmission, distribution, and even consumption data to weather reports, thereby maximizing energy savings. The power source can be solar, wind, geothermal, essentially any kind of electricity generator.
Energy use is a major contributor to the University's greenhouse gas emissions. Please learn more about our emissions, and our Climate Neutrality Action Plan.
The annual Energy Challenge makes energy conservation and efficient use fun! In 2012, SCU campus residents saved over 88,000 kilowatt hours of electricity--enough to power Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center for 6 weeks! During the month-long competition, students are encouraged to identify areas to improve energy efficiency and resource conservation in their residence halls and to share those ideas with our Facilities and Utilities departments.
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Athletics and Recreation has undertaken numerous projects to integrate sustainability into the lives of all Bronco athletes, fitness lovers, and Malley Center users.
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.
As both a teacher and leader, Tonya Nilsson has been a forerunner in our University’s effort to promote a culture of sustainability on campus and throughout the world.