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Campus Recreation hopes to mirror Santa Clara University's commitment to leading the nation on issues around sustainability. Every year, we participate in a waste characterization hosted by the Center for Sustainability which allows us to see what kind of waste is coming from the Malley Center and what can be recycled or composted instead of thrown away. The Center for Sustainability works with our department to collect items that are not usually recyclable to turn into new products. We also host the annual Hoofprint Challenge, which allows us to work with the SCU community in offsetting the carbon emissions from Club Sport travels. Learn more about Campus Recreation’s sustainability initiatives below.

Hoofprint Challenge

Each year, we ask faculty, staff, students, and alumni members to take action in order to offset the previous year's club sports carbon emissions from their travels. What will you pledge to make a difference?

Conserving Resources

Ever wonder what Campus Recreation does to conserve paper, water, and energy? Our department has a goal of reaching "Zero Waste" by 2020 and we have a variety of methods to help us achieve it.

Recycling Brigades

We accept a variety of items ranging from Britta to beauty products. Drop those hard-to-recycle items off at the Malley Center to be upcycled into something new!

Sustainability Highlights

Spotlight on Sustainability

Stay updated on what goes on at Campus Recreation and when we are featured in campus articles by reading our Spotlight on Sustainability articles.

Composting Paper Towels

In fall 2011, we began composting paper towels in the locker rooms/bathrooms and weight room of the Malley Center.  Additionally in winter 2017 stickers were added to the waste, recycling, and compost bins reminding patrons that paper towels only belong in the compost bins.

Grouping Bins

There are compost, recycling, and trash bins located in main hallway of the Malley Center, each locker room/restroom, and the staff work room. We hope that by having all three together, patrons can make the right decision when selecting the appropriate bin. Most of the items SCU purchases can be composted or recycled, limiting waste all together.  Additionally in winter 2017 stickers were added to the waste, recycling, and compost bins reminding patrons that paper towels only belong in the compost bins.

Donating Sports Equipment

Did you ever wonder where the basketballs go when they have no grip? Campus Recreation donates old sporting equipment from the Malley Center Front Desk’s Equipment Check Out and Intramural Sports to local non-profits that work with children such as EMQ Family First, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other non-profits that can benefit from used equipment.

We also donate our old tennis balls to the dance department and the SVACA Animal Care Center.

Lint Collection

Each day we gather approximately a softball size of lint from laundering all the maintenance towels and bath towels from the Towel Service. All of this waste can go into the compost bin with banana peels, compostable coffee cups, etc.

Carpet Tiles

In December 2009, Campus Recreation, with help from the Facilities Department, installed carpet tiles when replacing the carpet in the hallway and weight room of the Malley Center. The decision was made to choose carpet tiles over rolls so that in the future we would ONLY have to replace the bad tiles versus all the carpet.

Relan Bags

Campus Recreation has teamed up with Relan. “Relan” means reinventing fashion, which is exactly what this mother-daughter run company does. This small company repurposes and up-cycles old billboards and banners into unique, one of a kind, branded products. Campus Recreation collected old banners and signs from various departments on campus, and in return was able to create Tote bags, iPad cases, and luggage tags.

Lost and Found

We annually have over 150 pounds of lost and found that we send to the Goodwill at the end of the year. By recycling clothes we will limit waste that enters landfills annually.

Good on one side paper (GOOS paper)

Here at Campus Recreation, we use GOOS paper. We use good on one side paper as scratch paper and to print on! 40 percent of all waste going to landfills is paper. Cutting down on paper waste will help extend the lives of our landfills.


In the fall of 2011, we purchased real tablecloths for annual events to reuse rather than buying plastic disposable tablecloths for each event. This will save money and limit waste into the landfills annually.

SEEDS Representative

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Campus Recreation sponsors a student to be a member of the SEEDS program (Student Employees Engaging in Discussions for Sustainability). SEEDS holds monthly meetings for representatives around campus for students to brainstorm sustainable ideas for their own lives and to bring back to their workspace.