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  • We use minimal fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides on our landscaping, only as the last option. 
  • All landscape waste is either composted or chipped to be used as mulch on campus. 
  • California native plants are used throughout campus, where appropriate, and a native plant garden is adjacent to Heafey Law Library. 
  • Bioswales, which use plants and gentle slopes to purify rainwater runoff, are found next to Schott Admission and Enrollment Services, North Parking Structure, Locatelli Student Activities Center, Graham Hall, and Schott Stadium. 
  • Current projects underway include piloting native California sedge species as an alternative to current lawns and reaching 100% recycled water on campus grounds.

Progression of California native field sedge (Carex praegracilis) growing near Bellomy softball field. Approximately 400 square feet were planted in May 2015 and have since thrived.

Tree Campus USA

Students planting a tree on Arbor Day

Tree Campus USA is a title recognizing colleges and universities across the U.S.A. that effectively manage their campus trees to develop healthy, urban forests, while also engaging the student population through service-learning and forestry efforts.
SCU has been Tree Campus USA in 2016, 2017, and 2018. We host an Arbor Day event each year and multiple tree plantings throughout the year.

Tree Campus USA Logo

Santa Clara University has been Tree Campus USA certified since 2016. There are 5 standards we need to meet in order to qualify:
1. Campus Tree Advisory Committee: meets 2-3 times a year to provide guidance for future plantings, approve the Campus Tree Care Plan, and foster an environment to educate and connect with community members through urban forestry. We have representatives from the student body, faculty, facilities, and an arborist to represent the community.
2. Campus Tree Care Plan: a goal-setting guide that provides specific details about the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees. View SCU's Tree Care Plan 2017.
3. Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures: a spreadsheet to determine where funds are allocated for the annual campus tree program. 
4. Arbor Day Observance: a day to educate the community about the importance of trees on campus and celebrate all the amazing things they do.
5. Service Learning Project: opportunities to engage the student body with trees on campus: Tree Plantings, SCU Gone Wild, Tree Inventory

James Wang, Environmental Science & Electrical Engineering, Class of 2019, Center for Sustainability Buildings and Grounds Intern

Dr. Virgina Matzek, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies and Sciences

Bryn Pellowe, Environmental Science, Class of 2021, representative for Into the Wild

Linda Hylkema, Cultural Resources Management, Director

Chris Young, Buildings and Grounds, Assistant Director, Facilities

Gary Vargas, Landscape Maintenance Supervisor, Facilities

Tim O'Keefe, Business Applications Technology Manager

Eddy Medal,  Landscape Technician, Facilities

Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Center for Sustainability, Director

Katherine Naegele, I.S.A. Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Ris Assessment Qualified, Consulting Arborist at Anderson's Tree Care Specialists, Inc.

Katharine Rondthaler, Center for Sustainability, Forge Garden Manager

Plant a Tree Integrated Pest Management Plan