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  •  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.
  •  Did You Know?

    Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
    SCU will be the first Bay Area university to control, monitor, and measure energy production and consumption with a smart microgrid.
  •  Profile: Michael Engh, S.J.

    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
    Michael Engh, S.J., unplugs his phone charger in the morning so it doesn't waste energy during the day. He tries to drive a Prius whenever he travels in the area, and his office on campus uses recycled paper whenever possible. It is all part of the daily routine for Santa Clara University's Jesuit president.
  •  New Solar Panels to Boost University's Renewable Energy Portfolio

    Wednesday, May. 5, 2010
    Student tour guides at Santa Clara University often brag to prospective students about Silicon Valley's 300-plus days of sunshine each year. School officials hoping to capitalize on that climatic characteristic recently gave the green light to installing new photovoltaic arrays on several university structures. The project is just another step in Santa Clara's efforts to become climate neutral by the end of 2015.
  •  University Participating in Sustainability Tracking Program

    Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2010
    The Office of Sustainability at Santa Clara University is currently collecting data about Santa Clara's sustainability initiatives. The data will be compiled and reported publicly via the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS).
  •  Climate Neutrality Action Plan

    Monday, Jul. 6, 2009
    The SCU campus community is invited to review the draft version of SCU's Climate Neutrality Action Plan, created by the Office of Sustainability and the University Sustainability Council.
  •  Did You Know?

    Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2009
    SCU energy consumption has decreased by 14 percent since 2003.
  •  Joe Sugg, Assistant Vice President, University Operations

    Sunday, Mar. 1, 2009
    Joe Sugg has been a leader in creating a more sustainable campus. Joe oversees buildings management and construction, grounds management, energy use, waste management and purchasing policy. When asked how he came to view sustainability as a core Santa Clara value, Joe identified two personal triggers. First, he described how sustainability is more than being "green" it's about social justice and viable economics. Second, Joe learned to see sustainability as a good business practice.
  •  Father Locatelli Signs Presidents Climate Commitment

    Sunday, Jul. 1, 2007
    Father Locatelli recently signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining 318 college and university presidents in a commitment to develop comprehensive plans for achieving campus climate neutrality.
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