Santa Clara University is a former member of The Green Building Council, the overseeing body of the LEED rating system. We have staff that have been trained in the principles of LEED and retain a number of LEED certified design consultants. All new buildings are designed with our Sustainable Building Policy, adopted in May 2014.
The campus landscape is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also serves an important function and promotes a more sustainable relationship with our natural resources.
The University has responded to Governor Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought state of emergency in California with a goal to reduce the campus' potable water use by 20 percent. We have committed to reduce landscaping watering by 20 percent. Most of campus (over 85 percent) is already irrigated with recycled water, and we are expanding use of recycled water whenever possible
Schott Admission and Enrollment Services
The Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services building offers answers to Bursar, Financial Aid, and Registrar-related questions. The newest office building to SCU gives a strong impression of the campus' beauty, support, liveliness, and commitment to sustainability.
Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activities Center
In the fall of 2011, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification to Santa Clara University's Paul Locatelli, S. J. Student Activities Center. The center was completed in June of 2010 in honor of the longest serving university president, Paul Locatelli, S.J.
Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Orradre Library
The Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library opened in March 2008. Though twice the size of the previous building, the 194,000 square foot campus hub consumes the same amount of energy.
Donald L. Lucas Hall
The Leavey School of Business building is designed to be 10% more energy efficient than California Title 24 requirements. The building has added exterior wall and roof insulation, double pane windows, high efficiency chillers and boilers, and automatic lighting controls. Over 75 percent of rooms in the building have both natural lighting and views of the outside. Construction materials were recycled, and building materials (carpeting, furniture, steel, and concrete) are composed of recycled material.
Graham Residence Hall
The first residence facility that is certified with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. Graham offers mini-suites, full kitchens, a small theater, outdoor entertainment areas, and classrooms. It has exceptional conditions for living, learning, and collaborating, as well as exposure to sustainable design.
Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law
The Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law will house the Santa Clara University’s School of Law. It is located next to Lucas Hall, Leavey School of Business, creating a professional collaboration between the two programs. It is estimated to be completed in spring of 2018. It will be a model example of sustainability on campus as it is built with sustainable features equal to a LEED Gold Certificate.