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

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Director
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

Santa Clara University has five committees dedicated to supporting the Center for Sustainability’s implementation of Goal 2 of Santa Clara University’s Strategic Plan: “Strengthen SCU's culture of environmental sustainability by becoming a climate-neutral, zero-waste campus that serves as a living laboratory for developing global solutions rooted in Catholic social thought.”

Specifically, the Sustainability Curriculum Advisory Council "supports the infusion of sustainability across the Santa Clara University curriculum in collaboration with the Center for Sustainability."

The Carbon Neutrality Task Force is charged with developing "an update to SCU's Carbon Neutrality Plan that enables the University to achieve its climate neutrality goals by the end of 2020 withstanding the simultaneous expansion of the geographic area and population of the campus."

The Center for Sustainability Staff Associates "assist with implementing initiatives as well as provide guidance and feedback about Center for Sustainability strategy."

The Campus Sustainability Investment Fund (CSIF) Committee manages the Campus Sustainability Investment Fund and meets quarterly to select project submissions to receive funding for implementing projects that reduce SCU's greenhouse gas emissions


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

The Sustainability Curriculum Advisory Council is a group of faculty that include representatives from each School and College.

The Carbon Neutrality Task Force is composed of no more than 10 task force members that include faculty, staff, students, University Operations, the University Finance Office, Information Services, and the Global Engagement Office.

The Center for Sustainability Staff Associates are composed of staff members that have been involved as Workplace Sustainability Liaisons for at least three years.

The CSIF Committee is composed of 10 members that include faculty, staff, and students.

For current membership, affiliations, and roles, please visit https://www.scu.edu/sustainability/about/staff/


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Center for Sustainability advances academic and public understanding of the ways in which social justice and sustainability intersect by integrating principles of social, environmental, and economic sustainability into campus operations, academic and student life, and outreach programs. The Center hosts events and programs, implements initiatives, and features stories that relate to helping the University achieve climate neutrality, practice responsible consumerism, develop a culture of sustainability and use the campus as a living laboratory.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
8.50

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Director. Cara K. Uy-Segal, Sustainability Manager

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

In addition to 6 annual events, the Center for Sustainability is home to numerous ongoing programs that promote sustainability on campus. Through events held at the Forge Garden, volunteering with Bronco Urban Gardens, as well as programs hosted through the Center for Sustainability, a total of 6,367 people attended in the 2018-19 academic year.

The Center also collaborates with operations and academic departments to spearhead sustainability initiatives and raise students' awareness. The Center worked with over 50 campus and community representatives to create SCU’s Sustainability Strategic Plan, launched in February 2019.


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