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Climate Neutrality

Santa Clara University is a Charter Signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. We first developed a Climate Neutrality Action Plan in 2010, updated the plan into two parts in 2015, and have the current goal to achieve Climate Neutrality by 2020. 

The top four things SCU can do to further reduce our emissions: 

  • Prevent emissions growth. With a growing campus (square footage and people) could easily come creeping increases in our energy needs. Smart building design (zero-net energy buildings) and enforcing temperature set-point policies can eliminate this growth.
  • Support campus-based investments in and pilot tests of leading-edge technology and systems to use energy more efficiently and conserve energy. 
  • Change the culture of our community regarding transportation. Reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips to campus and air travel, while expanding student and employee use of sustainable transportation options. 
  • Expand current reuse, recycling, composting, and waste diversion practices to achieve "Zero Waste."

What can our campus community do to help? Everyone can start by using less energy. Turn off lights, monitors, computers, and other electronics when we aren’t using them. Dress (and drink beverages) appropriate for the weather rather than using fans or space heaters. If you have ideas that might help our campus reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, share them with us! Email!

  • Alexander Moran

    Class of 2019

    Alexander Moran

    "I have been making small impacts by creating a prototype solar charging station in Engineering 110 and installing solar panels for low-income families through GRID Alternatives."

Carbon Neutrality Task Force

This Task Force works to develop an updated Carbon Neutrality Plan that will enable the University to achieve its climate neutrality goals withstanding the simultaneous expansion of the geographic area and population of the campus.

Jaro Bellier, Center for Sustainability Buildings and Grounds Intern
Harry Fong, University Finance Office
C.J. Gabbe, Faculty
Kaz Joseph, Information Services
Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Director of the Center for Sustainability
Millie Kenney, Transportation Services
Chris Mendoza, Athletics
Susan Popko, Office of the Provost - Global Engagement
Chris Watt, Utilities
Kayla Williams, ASG Representative