Santa Clara University

sustainability at scu

Campus Operations

  • jesuit residenceBuildings

    All new projects and major renovations follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, and surpass California state energy standards. The Commons at Kennedy Mall is a sustainable design demonstration building.
  • foodDining Services

    SCU's dinning services provider, Bon Appetit, has joined with students, faculty, and staff to ensure a more sustainable food supply with minimal environmental impacts.
  • lightsEnergy

    The University maintains an aggressive program to reduce campus energy consumption. This includes: upgrades to lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, building efficiency retrofits, installations of photovoltaics, and purchasing renewable energy.
  • cleaning chemicalPurchasing

    Santa Clara University has policies to purchase sustainable products, including computers, cleaning chemicals to office paper.

  • bikesTransportation

    The University operates a fleet of over 30 electric vehicles for campus operations. Staff and faculty receive benefits such as free carpool parking and reduced rates for public transportation.
  • recyclesWaste Diversion

    The Facilities department operates a comprehensive university-wide recycling program, enabling campus community members to recycle plastic, glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard, electronic waste, universal waste, as well as compost food scraps and biodegradable service ware provided by dining services.
  • recycled waterWater

    Water represents a significant portion of SCU resource consumption and has therefore been a target of reduction efforts in recent years. Since 2000, Santa Clara University has achieved a 15 percent reduction in overall potable water consumption despite constructing new bulidings.
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