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Santa Clara University is committed to fostering a more humane, just, faith-filled, and sustainable world. Strategically, the University will develop a distinctive and substantial research focus on justice and sustainability by increasing faculty research and enhancing research collaborations in these areas.

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Sustainability Research Initiative

To advance these goals, SCU has launched the Sustainability Research Initiative. Components of the Initiative were developed from a series of focused discussions with faculty scholars in June of 2009 and is funded by the President's Office.

We anticipate that the Initiative will establish a vibrant, productive, collaborative research community focused projects related to justice and sustainability. Specifically, the Initiative includes research grants (up to $90,000 each year for three years), professional development grants for faculty and staff (up to $5,000 each year for three years), and a research retreat each year.


Departments with at least one faculty member conducting sustainability research

Faculty are conducting research related to sustainability that range in a variety of topics such as fuel cells to food system governance, environmental justice and racial equity issues in K-12 schools, economic development in Africa, and spirituality. The list of faculty is updated as often as we receive new information (Last updated via a campus-wide survey: 2013). Please email to request a change or make a correction.

More and more students are focusing their research on issues related to sustainability. Such projects include engineering students' senior design projects, an analysis of the University's current and future energy usage and an examination of the sustainability in SCU offices.