Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Bill Mains
Director, Sustainability and Leadership Development
Undergraduate Business Programs
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
CLASP (Contemplative Leadership And Sustainability Program)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program (CLASP) was created in 2009 in the Leavey School of Business to provide an arena for interested students to explore, discuss, and reflect upon the relationship between their values, their behavior, and their interests in business and sustainable development. CLASP introduces students to issues of sustainability in industry, provides face-to-face encounters with professionals and companies/organizations already "doing the work" of sustainability, and immerses students into the region's natural and social environments via monthly excursions. CLASP alumni often comment on the experiences CLASP exposed them to—from hiking at Castle Rock to meeting SCU alumni with green jobs.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

CLASP has engaged over 120 undergraduate business students in exploring their personal values and understanding of the triple-bottom line of sustainability in order to become sustainability-oriented professionals when they graduate.

CLASP is a catalyst—igniting students to become change agents. CLASP’s early successes lead to the development of an annual immersion experience in rural Alaska where students work with villagers to assess and develop renewable energy solutions to reduce their community’s reliance on fossil fuels. Several student organizations have been created by former CLASP participants, including the Sustainable Business Studies club and Into the Wild, SCU’s largest student organization.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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