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Purchasing is another major area in which SCU can be an effective and responsible steward of the environment. A growing number of organizations are adopting environmental purchasing criteria for a wide range of products. These policies supplement, but do not replace, traditional criteria of cost, performance and availability by giving preference to products that use fewer hazardous materials, are more energy efficient, generate less waste, incorporate more recycled materials and are themselves more easily recycled. In this way, institutional buyers can exert beneficial effects on the environment globally, wherever products are produced, manufactured or discarded. Click here for Purchasing Resources

The Purchasing Department works with Give Something Back (GSB) Office Supplies, a California independent office supply company and a Certified B-Corporation that is devoted to giving back to communities and is committed to social and environmental practices.


Cleaning Products

The current contract for commercial custodial services dated May 7, 2009, Specifications Chemicals and Supplies, Page S-C-1of 4, Paragraph 1. General Requirements, sub-paragraph 1.3 states, "The Contractor will use brands and types of chemicals that are certified as meeting the GreenSeal Environmental Standards for Cleaning Services by the GreenSeal Organization whenever there are chemical brands and types that perform acceptably to The University."

computer and students


SCU is one of the first universities in the country to make detailed requests for information about computer vendors' environmental performance, and to weigh this information when choosing a vendor for our PC Replacement Project. SCU donates almost all of the used computers from the PC Replacement Project to non-profit organizations and plans to help the recipients recycle these computers responsibly when they are no longer functional. SCU also plans to increase responsible re-use and recycling of other electronics on campus. About 95% of computer models are "Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool" (EPEAT) Gold.



It is the Purchasing Department's practice to only buy recycled office paper. Available in white and multiple colors, office paper contains 30 percent recycled content.


Purchasing Guide

(Coming Soon!) The Sustainable Purchasing Guide was developed to guide and teach students, faculty and staff at Santa Clara University how to purchase sustainable products. This guide reflects SCU’s commitment to sustainability and the triple-bottom line of the environment, society, and economics.


The Lending Library

The SCU Lending Library is an online site for SCU employees to borrow items shared by other departments. Have a lamination machine you don't often use? Let others borrow it! Need to decorate for an 80's themed event? See if others have decorations you can borrow.


The Share Shelf
(Pilot Program)

Located in the Shapell Lounge of the Multicultural Center, the Share Shelf serves as a physical site for students, faculty, and staff to donate and acquire used office and school supplies. Click here for acceptable items.

Recent news

Fresh from the Forge: Enjoying Your Garden
Fresh from the Forge: Enjoying Your Garden

With all the hard work you put into your garden, do not forget to enjoy it this summer!

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Hosting an event using Mission Catering by Bon Appetit allows you to plan a sustainable & delicious on-campus event!

Take Action: Hosting a "green" party
Take Action: Hosting a "green" party

Tips to take action in regards to hosting to sustainable summer parties! REDUCE single use containers | REUSE kegs and cups | Look for RECYCLABLE packaging | build community and encourage RESPECT

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Santa Clara, CA 95053