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There are many ways to get involved in sustainability.

From learning more about sustainable living, to sharing ideas to help the University reduce our carbon footprint, to peer education, each of us has an important part to play. See below for suggestions on how you can contribute to a more sustainable SCU.

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    Conserve Water

    What is the most affordable, reliable, and quickest way to respect our most precious resource and deal with the state drought? Conserve.

  • Freshly harvested beets from the Forge Garden

    Eat Sustainably

    What is sustainable food? Learn about what things to consider when choosing your food.

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    Save Energy

    Reduce the amount of energy we use in daily life whether at home, work, or school.

  • aerial view of campus CSIF

    Take a Tour

    Take a self-guided tour of the sustainability features around campus.

  • Kayla (waste diversion intern) showcasing a pile of trash at a waste characterization

    Reduce Waste

    There is an order to things: reduce, reuse, then recycle in order to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills.

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    Get Involved

    Sign up for a topic interest group to be in the know about specific issues, learn about volunteer opportunities, and follow us on social media to keep up on current events.

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    Vote with your dollar

    Learn how to be a mindful consumer; voice your support for sustainable operations and businesses.

Santa Clara University has eight Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), each with a specific theme and programming which focuses on certain core values. CyPhi's theme is rooted in sustainability and the arts. CyPhi also has a floor called SLURP, which stands for the Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project. SLURP is dedicated to student research about sustainable living on the Santa Clara University campus. Other RLC themes are also related to sustainability: "Communitas" focuses on local action and compassion; "Loyola" focuses on faith and justice; "Unity" explores the understanding and appreciation of diversity as a catalyst for social and civic engagement; and "Xavier" is an RLC for those who want to make a difference in the world, and who want to participate in the Jesuit tradition of the integration of faith and justice.

CyPhi Residential Learning Community (RLC)

The mission of the Cyphi RLC is to increase student awareness about local and global environmental issues and to help students develop habits of living and decision-making that are more environmentally sustainable.

SLURP - Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project

Students research sustainable living at Santa Clara University. Read about their projects from SLURP's first year.


  • Take Action: Sustainable Gift-Giving

    Tips to take action in regards to gift-giving. REDUCE: by consolidating shopping trips | REUSE: for one-of-a-kind wrapping paper | RECYCLE: household items for unique gifts | RESPECT: by renting living Christmas trees

  • Take Action

    Tips to take action in regards to decreasing waste! REDUCE through composting | REUSE Eco-Trays and other random containers | RECYCLE shoes, batteries, and energy bar wrappers | RESPECT the vision of less landfills

  • Take Action

    Tips to take action in regards to your carbon footprint! REDUCE by taking the Hoofprint Challenge | REUSE sturdier lunch bags | RECYCLE through Terracycle | RESPECT future generations by conserving now