Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.45
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2020

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Cara Uy
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The University's Center for Sustainability publishes a monthly "Sustainability Update" that showcases current sustainability-focused projects and events on campus. The Update also profiles SCU community members (students, faculty, staff) that go above and beyond to promote sustainability. In addition, the newsletter includes tips to take action in regards to sustainability and the monthly theme.


Furthermore, SCU's Center for Sustainability maintains an online presence via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube. These platforms are used to update followers on sustainability-themed events and projects on campus as well as to give sustainable actions they can take in their daily lives.

Facebook: facebook.com/sustainableSCU/
Twitter: twitter.com/sustainablescu
Instagram: instagram.com/sustainablescu/
Pinterest: pinterest.com/sustainablescu/
Youtube: youtube.com/user/sustainabilityintern

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Signs identify water bottle filling stations and areas of landscape irrigated with recycled water.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A self-guided sustainability walking tour exists for any visitors to learn more about different sustainable features on campus. Containing both a map as well as descriptions of sustainable locations, it is an interesting way for anyone to learn more about sustainability on campus.


Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

A page on the Center for Sustainability’s website called “Living Sustainably” helps students save money, reduce waste, and conserve energy. A handout linked on that page has tips for on-or off-campus residents. https://www.scu.edu/sustainability/takeaction/students/living-sustainably/

The Sustainability Strategic Plan includes Playbooks which outline concrete actions the campus community can take to live, work, and learn sustainably, specific to their role at SCU. The campus community is encouraged to collect scout-style badges to showcase their actions to live more sustainably.https://www.scu.edu/sustainability/commitment/strategicplan/playbooks/

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Departments across SCU are invited to showcase their contributions to sustainability and to teach their audiences how to incorporate sustainability into their respective areas. Some SCU web sites that have sustainability components:
Campus Recreation: https://www.scu.edu/recreation/about/sustainability/
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics: https://www.scu.edu/environmental-ethics/greenbroncos/sustainability--jesuit-values/
Utilities: https://university-operations.scu.edu/utilities/sustainability/

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Santa Clara University sustainability website is a resource that helps to foster a culture of sustainability throughout campus. The website is organized into seven broad categories: Take Action, Events, Programs, Academics, Operations, University Commitments, and About the Center.

The website serves as an information hub for all interested in sustainability, but specifically for current students, faculty, and staff. It highlights the many events and programs that the SCU community can get involved in to learn more about sustainability and includes practical information to help readers become more sustainable in their everyday lives.

Additionally, the website showcases the University's Sustainability Strategic Plan and other steps SCU is taking towards Climate Neutrality, Zero Waste, and reduced resource use.


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