The Center for Sustainability advances understanding of sustainability and justice through on- and off-campus programs that help the University reach its goal of climate neutrality, practice responsible consumerism, strengthen a culture of sustainability, and use the campus as a living laboratory for developing solutions.
Bronco Urban Gardens
Also known as BUG, Bronco Urban Gardens is an environmental justice initiative that promotes garden education and healthy nutritional habits for at-risk youth in San José.
The annual Residence Energy Challenge encourages campus residents to examine their power usage and find ways to reduce wasted energy use throughout the whole month of February.
Transforming Our Curriculum: The Penstemon Project
The Penstemon Project for Sustainability Across the Curriculum was initially sponsored by the Ignatian Center and the Environmental Studies Institute (now the Environmental Studies & Sciences department), and was a major component of SCU’s Sustainability Initiative. It is a program designed for faculty collaboration and brainstorming on ways to introduce sustainability across the curriculum.
The Forge Garden
The University's educational garden serves as a space for research, service learning, and sustainable food production for the Friday Farm Stand.
Investment Fund (CSIF)
The Campus Sustainability Investment Fund is is an educational tool to provide hands-on learning and involve our campus community in driving sustainable change at SCU and supports student-, faculty-, and staff-initiated campus-based projects that move SCU toward climate neutrality by reducing campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The SCU Lending Library is an online site for SCU employees to borrow items shared by other departments. Have a lamination machine you don't often use? Let others borrow it! Need to decorate for an 80's themed event? See if others have decorations you can borrow.
Liaison Network Groups
Sustainability Liaisons are peer educators for sustainability and experts on how sustainability interplays with their respective groups. The Network is a resource and collaborative space for people who are interested in working/living more sustainably in their life on and off campus.
Personal Compost Pails
In partnership with the Housing Office, the Center for Sustainability offers a free, year-rental compost pail program for campus residents to compost food scraps within their own rooms.
Located in the Shapell Lounge of the Multicultural Center, the Share Shelf serves as a physical site for students, faculty, and staff to donate and acquire used office and school supplies.
The Malley Recreation & Fitness Center and the Center for Sustainability hold collections or brigades for energy bar wrappers, writing instruments, paired shoes, and personal beauty products such as shampoo and make-up. Terracycle is a company that diverts used products from the landfill and create new products, or upcycling.