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Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

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Director
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) Yes No
Campus Engagement No No
Public Engagement Yes Yes
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings No No
Dining Services/Food No No
Energy No No
Grounds No No
Purchasing No No
Transportation No No
Waste Yes Yes
Water No No
Diversity and Affordability Yes Yes
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes No
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

Our Climate Action Plan includes a goal statement and tactics to continue to expand on the number of opportunities for students to engage in sustainability through the SCU Curriculum.

+ Date Revised: Oct. 15, 2014

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

- Encourage departments and/or schools to regularly track sustainability course offerings and department or school wide learning outcomes.
- Continue to increase the number of sustainability-related sections taught.
- Identify sustainability-focused ELSJ opportunities (Arrupe placements, immersion trips, study abroad,
etc.).

+ Date Revised: Oct. 15, 2014

Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Office of the Provost, Center for Sustainability, and participating departments/schools.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

Our Climate Action Plan includes a goal statement and tactics to continue to support the growth in numbers of faculty and students involved in sustainability research.

+ Date Revised: Oct. 15, 2014

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

The Sustainability Research Initiative has an annual budget provided by the President’s Office. Grants support current faculty research and creative activity and foster new scholarly projects in the areas of sustainability and environmental justice. The Initiative aims to distribute research grants, professional development grants, and support research retreats. Success is marked by distribution of all funds to qualified applicants.

+ Date Revised: Oct. 15, 2014

Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

Office of the Provost


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

Our Climate Action Plan includes a goal statement and tactics to continue to be a leader by using our strengths and distinctiveness to foster a culture of sustainability in our community and among our peer institutions.

+ Date Revised: Oct. 15, 2014

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

The ELSJ undergraduate requirement is part of what makes a Santa Clara education truly unique. A University-wide requirement such as ELSJ currently exists within only a handful of universities across the U.S. and has a distinctly Jesuit flavor. Students engage in community-based learning while at the same time taking a course to help them make that experience both meaningful and educational.

This requirement can be satisfied in two ways: with one of the approved ELSJ courses or with an ELSJ Milestone. Community-based learning placement opportunities are available through Santa Clara programs such as Arrupe Engagement, the Kolvenbach Solidarity Program, and SCCAP.

The Experiential Learning for Social Justice requirement is a component of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum.

+ Date Revised: Oct. 15, 2014

Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Office of Undergraduate Studies


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

Santa Clara University's integrated strategic plan includes this objective: Become a climate-neutral, zero-waste campus that reflects a culture of environmental sustainability, embodies the principles of Catholic social thought, and serves as a living laboratory for developing global solutions.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

The Elaborated Strategic Plan calls for meeting goals by 2020.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

University Operations, Center for Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

Santa Clara University's integrated strategic plan includes this objective: Become a climate-neutral, zero-waste campus that reflects a culture of environmental sustainability, embodies the principles of Catholic social thought, and serves as a living laboratory for developing global solutions.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

The Elaborated Strategic Plan calls for meeting goals by 2020.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

University Operations, Center for Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

Santa Clara University's integrated strategic plan includes this goal: Santa Clara University will recruit and graduate a broadly diverse community of highly talented students while striving to make a Santa Clara education more affordable.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion will partner with offices both on campus and off campus to offer a set of programming grants to support diversity and inclusion in research and within the curriculum and co-curriculum. Plans for 2013-14 include the development of (1) a Toolkit for Diversity and Inclusion to support inclusive faculty searches, and (2) a set of workshops for deans, department chairs, and search committees.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Office for Diversity and Inclusion


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

In SCU's strategic plan, one goal is "Santa Clara University will transform students' lives through a personalized Jesuit education that integrates rigorous study with high-impact experiential learning." A key feature of this goal includes: wellness, prevention, and intervention programs.


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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

We understand sustainability as involving three components: environmental protection, economic development, and social development.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Santa Clara University's integrated Strategic Plan includes: "Goal 2 - Fashioning a more humane, just, and sustainable world".

"Justice and Sustainability" is one the University's five strategic priorities.

Santa Clara’s focus on advancing understanding of a just sustainability should inspire a broad and enlivening range of activities and perspectives. We understand sustainability as involving three components: environmental protection, economic development, and social development. Questions of sustainability and justice are not the province of a single discipline, or point of view, but can be illuminated by all fields and perspectives. The co-curriculum also offers many opportunities to integrate these questions into students’ lives. To advance justice and sustainability, we will:
Increase and enhance curricular and co-curricular learning specific to sustainability and justice.
Develop a distinctive and substantial research focus on justice and sustainability.
Model how a Jesuit university can contribute to sustainability and justice through its service, operations, and outreach.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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