Santa Clara University


Energy and Climate


University Operations targets our buildings as opportunities to use energy more efficiently. We will commit to reducing emissions wherever possible, generating our own renewable energy when financially feasible, zero emissions growth, and lastly, offsetting the remaining greenhouse gas emissions needed to achieve climate neutrality. Retrofits to existing buildings improve their mechanical efficiencies, while new buildings are designed to be as energy efficient as possible. Besides ongoing efficiency retrofits and projects to reduce energy demand, Green Power purchases have helped us reduce our net emissions.


Energy Efficiency

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.


Renewable Energy

University Operations is committed to reducing emissions wherever possible. The campus is currently home to photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, and a wind turbine.



Energy use is a major contributor to the University's greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about our emissions and our Climate Neutrality Action Plan.


Energy Challenge

The annual, month-long competition encourages campus residents 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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Take Action: Natural Resources
Take Action: Natural Resources

Our individual actions collectively can make a difference. REDUCE: paper junk mail to your home. REUSE: an eco-tray. RECYCLE: material into an eco-fashion outfit. RESPECT: our sources of water.

Hari Mix: Mountaineer and Environmental Scientist
Hari Mix: Mountaineer and Environmental Scientist

Hari Mix, the newest member of the Environmental Studies and Sciences faculty, loves mountains. Climbing mountains, studying mountains, and protecting mountains.

Athletics & Recreation Sustainability Initiatives
Athletics & Recreation Sustainability Initiatives

Athletics and Recreation has undertaken numerous projects to integrate sustainability into the lives of all Bronco athletes, fitness lovers, and Malley Center users.

Contact Us

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