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About the Center

The Center for Sustainability is the focal point for Santa Clara University’s Justice and Sustainability Strategic Priority and contributes to creating a more just, humane, and sustainable world.


The Center for Sustainability advances academic and public understanding of the ways in which social justice and sustainability intersect by integrating principles of social, environmental, and economic sustainability into campus operations, academic and student life, and outreach programs.


The Center for Sustainability aims to help the University: 

This goal consists of the reduction of the University's use of electricity and natural gas, as well as single-occumpany vehicles on campus. 

Example metrics: annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory, local offset initiatives

This means we help improve the University's impacts on the local and global community associated with procurement (extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal).

Example metrics: local/ organic/ sustainable food procurement rates, sustainable purchasing policies, and water diversion rates.

We strive to expand the campus community's ability and desire to partake in sustainable behaviors as well as their understanding of how they can contribute to developing a sustainable world.

Example metrics: number of individuals involved in sustainability-related co-curricular and employee programs, assessments of the campus community's perceived value and intrinsic motivations for sustainable behaviors.

We support solutions-based coursework and research to solve local and global problems using the campus as a demonstration test-bed.

Example metrics: number of sustainability-related and focused courses, number of students and faculty engaged in sustainability-related research, number of students engaged with community members at BUG sites.

  • Awards & Recognition

    Santa Clara University has been awarded and recognized for many of its sustainability projects and initiatives.

  • History

    The Center for Sustainability was once a small office located on the outskirts of campus. Here is how we evolved.

  • News

    Read the latest news about the faces of sustainability and recent projects on campus.

  • Our Team

    Our awesome team members work on the Center for Sustainability's pillars through their specific focus areas of campus life.

  • Partners

    The Center for Sustainability collaborates with stakeholders on and off campus in order to acccomplish University goals.

  • Support Sustainability

    You can make a gift to any of the Center for Sustainability programs, including the Forge Garden and the Bronco Urban Garden (BUG) programs.

  • Social Media

    Stay in the loop and help us create more buzz about #sustainablescu.