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There are many opportunities for volunteering through the Center for Sustainability.

Students can volunteer by formally supporting sustainability during University events

such as Welcome Weekend Days for new students (September), Preview Days for prospective students (April), and Move-Out (June) or by participating in annual sustainability programs like the Eco-Fashion & Art Show, Swap for Good or the Forge Garden’s work days.

For specific ways to be involved with campus sustainability events, please email with your area of interest (i.e. fashion, waste diversion, etc.). For more information to be involved with the the Forge Garden and its educational programs, please email

Students, both undergrad and grad, can dedicate time to volunteering with on-campus student organizations that serve local and global communities:

Tools for all student organizations:

SCOOPS: Students Collaborating and Organizing Opportunities and Projects for Sustainability

SCOOPS empowers Santa Clara University students in leadership positions to implement the University's Strategic Plan by fostering Justice and Sustainability programs


among student organizations. Liaisons engage their organization's members in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability among students at SCU. Liaisons share and discuss endeavors, events, ideas, and foster collaborative opportunities between multiple organizations.

Sustainable Events & Purchasing (Coming Soon- TBA!)

Planning an event? Need to purchase supplies? Let the Center for Sustainability help you make it more sustainable!

Best Practices for Student Organizations

Read a PDF - Best Practices for Student Organizations and Clubs - with 10 ways student organizations, clubs, and teams can operate more sustainably right now, regardless of their theme or purpose. Suggestions include reducing waste associated with meetings and meals, ordering club t-shirts through socially-responsible vendors, and choosing more sustainable transportation options when organizing an event off-campus.

Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) collaborates with schools & partner organizations to meet needs of communities.

Broncos for a Better Tomorrow tutor and serve the San Jose community, and raise awareness of the ever-growing achievement gap in the hope of making a difference in students' lives.

Bronco Leaders for Environmental Justice Investigating Truth (B-LEJIT) is focused on promoting environmental justice on campus, in the local community, and on a national and global scale.

Camp Kesem at SCU provides free summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer in the Southwest Bay Area Region

Coaching Corps at Santa Clara University seeks to partner college students with underserved communities in order to promote an increased amount of physical activity in low income children. This is done through free sports programs run by the trained volunteer coaches of Coaching Corps and will be provided to multiple organizations in the area.

Colleges Against Cancer is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a life-threatening disease. Its signature event is the annual Relay For Life.

Engineers Without Borders partners with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life.

The Environmental Law Society promotes environmental awareness on campus and in the surrounding community. It also encourages students to pursue careers in environmental law by sponsoring educational and networking events on current topics in environmental law.

Future Child Advocates of America strives to broaden the understanding of the issues of child abuse and bullying, especially for those students involved currently in schools or who want to pursue professional positions in schools, through ongoing education, volunteer work within community organizations, along with information related to policy development or curriculum activities that can help stop the abuse of ALL children.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA)

Global Medical Brigades pools medical resources and professionals together and organizes a brigade to Honduras with the purpose of helping patients in need and delivering medical supplies.

The GREEN (Grass Roots Environmental Efforts Now) Club is the University's environmental club which seeks to promote sustainability to the campus community through focused projects, events such as Earth Week, and community action. Some of the projects GREEN Club leads include Oceans, to promote marine conservation, Think Outside the Bottle, to encourage tap water over bottled water, and divestment.

Hero Projects is a service club that spreads the word about the opportunity to have a life-changing experience by participating on a 2-week trip that combines outdoor recreation and meaningful, sustainable volunteer projects in places in need, and to raise funding for prospective students participating in these experiences.

Into the Wild (Outdoors Club) provides students with opportunities to get off campus and explore California’s wilderness. Every week are organized trips for all skill levels that include hiking, backpacking, snow camping, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, surfing, and more. Into the Wild aims to promote healthy, sober fun while encouraging education in environmentally sustainable practices.

Kindness Enterprises aims to promote kindness and compassion in the Santa Clara community.

Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Student Association (NPISA) seeks to promote a mutually supportive partnership between the students of SCU and members of the Washington-Alma community in San Jose, California. NPISA provides hands on, community-based learning opportunities for LSB undergraduate students to use their business education to contribute to prosperity in low-income neighborhoods.

Oxfam America Club Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. The Oxfam America Club at SCU aims to raise awareness about Oxfam and the GROW campaign on campus and to inspire the community to strive for change.

Partners in Health | Engage is a grassroots network of volunteer community organizers. Communities all over the country have committed to advocate for global health policy change, to educate the public about global health equity, and to generate unprecedented resources to support Partners In Health's lifesaving work.

Santa Clara University Lions Club is a service club sponsored by Lions Clubs International. Lions International is known for helping the blind and visually impaired, but we also assist the network of Lions Clubs across the globe including over a dozen in close proximity of Santa Clara University.

Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP) is a community-based, volunteer service organization dedicated to applying education to social service. SCCAP promotes social awareness, leadership for social justice, and compassion. SCCAP promotes the holistic education of the volunteer by serving the surrounding community and by reflecting upon social justice issues, with the intent of challenging the participants to commit to creating a more humane and just world.

Science and Engineering Mentoring Outreach Club

SCUBA Club is a recreational diving club which fosters a connection to nature.

Society for Women Engineers increases awareness, support for, and community strength of the female engineers on campus and mentors high schoolers interested in pursuing engineering.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a student-run group of students, faculty, staff, and community members at and around Santa Clara University committed to promoting the democratic principles of justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination for every person and people through the context of the struggle to establish these principles for the Palestinian people regardless of location and status of residency and citizenship.

To Write Love on Her Arms - UChapter is a movement dedicated to finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, & suicide.

All organizations included here are student-governed.

Topic Interest Groups

Interested in sustainability but not sure where to start? Join one of the email groups below to keep updated on the subjects you like and related opportunities!

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    Waste Diversion | Waste Characterizations | Source Waste

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    Energy Efficiency | Renewable Energy | Energy Challenge

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    Recycled Water | Landscaping | Drought | El Nino | General Conservation

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    Courses | Projects | Faculty Research | Student Research | SLURP

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    Public Transit | Electric Vehicles | Bike Share Programs | Zipcars

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    Sustainable Eating | Food Justice | Reusable Dishware | The Forge