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  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
    They say “brown is the new green.” SCU has been purple since 2003! Purple pipes bring recycled water to campus, enabling the University to reduce our use of fresh water for irrigation.
    Purple-Grass-Kenna. They say
  •  Athletics & Recreation Sustainability Initiatives

    Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014
    Bucky recycling. Photo courtesy of the Center for Sustainability.
    Athletics and Recreation has undertaken numerous projects to integrate sustainability into the lives of all Bronco athletes, fitness lovers, and Malley Center users.
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, May. 2, 2014
    Green Seal Certified
    SCU uses Green Seal Certified cleaning products.
  •  "SCU Unplugged" kicks off the Energy Challenge

    Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
    We are in the midst of the 4th annual Residence Energy Challenge, taking place in February. The Challenge kicked off with "SCU Unplugged," featuring Supertonic, The JurassiC, & The Vanities. Show your enthusiasm: post on the Sustainability at SCU Facebook page, mention @sustainablescu on Twitter, and tag #sustainablescu in Instagram. Read about the event & get ready for the month-long Energy Challenge!
  •  Campus Recreation Director reduces energy consumption and waste in athletic facilities

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
    Janice DeMonsi, winner of the Staff Sustainability Champion Award, has worked to reduce energy consumption, water use, & waste production in the Pat Malley Fitness & Recreation Center. Read about how Janice has contributed to the campus culture of sustainability.
  •  New Graham residence hall set to achieve LEED Gold certification

    Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
    After its completion this September, the new Graham residence hall is set to achieve a US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification in sustainable design. Read about Graham's sustainable features and how LEED Gold certification is quickly becoming the standard for new buildings on campus.
  •  What's in our water: bottled, tap, and reclaimed

    Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
    Bottled water is advertised as the cleaner and healthier choice for drinking water, but the truth is that bottled water is usually the same quality as the water coming out of your tap. Unlike tap water, however, bottled water poses health risks and is also extremely wasteful. Read more about Santa Clara University's efforts to promote reusable drinking water and to implement recycled water on campus.
  •  Energy Challenge

    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
    Santa Clara University's Office of Sustainability partnered with the Housing Office to hold the 3rd Annual Energy Challenge this quarter. On-campus residents are competing throughout the Winter quarter to reduce their building's energy consumption. Residents in the building that reduces its energy use the most compared to its historical average will be the winners! The competition is really heating up as residents try to beat last year's savings.
  •  News

    Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
    Members of the University community gathered together to celebrate the Locatelli Center's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award on November 28th. The building's LEED Gold plaque is displayed at the first floor entrance of the building. This is the first LEED certification for SCU. ALSO THIS MONTH: Holiday Wish Drive | 2nd Annual Eco-Fashion Show call for designers | The Story of Broke
  •  Conner Mulrooney, Class of 2012

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
    Conner's work has impacted the Santa Clara community by placing convenient and accessible water filter stations in heavily trafficked areas of campus such as in Benson, Malley Fitness Center, and all residence halls. Conner's work is receiving strong recognition from the community and he's proud that the water filling stations are getting good use and actually working to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles on campus.
  •  Sustainability Teach-In, featuring David Orr, Ph.D.

    Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011
    Santa Clara's sustainability teach-in will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Earth Week. The goal of the week is to spur dialogue about issues related to sustainability and environmental justice. The Commons at Kennedy Mall will host open classrooms, where faculty from several disciplines will lecture on a variety of sustainability-related topics, open to all. Events will also take place at Mayer Theatre and the Learning Commons.
  •  Residence Energy Challenge

    Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
    The Residence Energy Challenge is making a big impression across campus. Open to off-campus residents, the Challenge is a way for students to get involved with sustainability and learn how to save energy. The Housing Office is sponsoring the grand prize; winning residents choose from: a communal Nintendo Wii or PlayStation, tickets to a Giants game (10 tickets/ton CO2 avoided) or a donation of water filters to a Honduras village in the name of the winning building's residents. The winning off-campus house will be reimbursed for its electricity bills during the Challenge.
  •  Chris Watt, Director of Utilities, University Operations

    Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
    It's pretty difficult to spend a day on campus without noticing something the University is doing to reduce energy consumption and increase its reliance on renewable energy. Students, faculty, and staff, more often than not, pass by without giving these initiatives a second thought. Though Chris Watt, Director of Utilities and Contract Maintenance, claims his last name had nothing to do with spurring him into a career dealing with energy, he has thought about the University's energy consumption on a daily basis for 25 years.
  •  Did You Know?

    Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
    In 2008, Santa Clara University began painting building exteriors with a coating system that reflects heat from the invisible portion of the light spectrum.
  •  News and Events

    Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011
    The Residence Energy Challenge | Living Green in the Neighborhood | Winter in the Forge Community Garden | Alternative Bike Parking | Free screening of FRESH | Speaker: Joel Salatin | 1st Annual Eco-Fashion Show | Save Caltrain Summit
  •  News

    Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
    New Agenda | Eco-Apartments | Frugal Innovation | Sustainable Engineering | STARS | Grand Reunion | Campus Sustainability Week | Empowered Partnerships | Apples | Sustainability and Jesuits | White House Solar Panels | Prop 23
  •  Did You Know?

    Friday, Jun. 18, 2010
    Santa Clara's newest building is also its first LEED certified building.
  •  Profile: Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center

    Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2010
    Santa Clara's Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center affords students, faculty and staff the chance to balance out rigorous mental workouts with physical ones. The 45,000 square foot space, hosting a weight room, multipurpose studio, basketball courts and an outdoor aquatic facility, was definitely a factor when Santa Clara was named on of the Fittest Colleges in America by Men's Fitness Magazine in October 2006. But Campus Recreation and the Malley staff may be just as committed to sustainability as they are to your fitness.
  •  Did You Know?

    Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010
    Santa Clara University recycled two tons of HVAC filter waste in 2009.
  •  Residence Halls Gear Up For Inaugural Energy Challenge

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
    Santa Clara University will kick off its inaugural Residence Energy Challenge on February 14 to encourage a low-energy diet for on-campus dwellers. Organizers believe the three-week contest between the university's Residential Learning Communities will unite students to slash wasteful energy use and promote more sustainable living.
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