Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.69
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Leslie Gray
Professor and Faculty Associate for Academic Sustainability Programs
Environmental Studies and Sciences Department and Center for Sustainability


Institution offers at least one:

  • Sustainability-focused program (​major, degree, or certificate program​) for undergraduate students


  • Undergraduate-level, sustainability-focused ​minor or concentration​ (e.g., a concentration on sustainable business within a business major).

To count, a major, degree/certificate program, minor, or concentration must have a primary and explicit focus on the concept of sustainability or the interdependence of ecological systems and social/economic systems.

Extension certificates and other certificates that are not part of academic degree programs do not count for this credit; they are covered in the Continuing Education​ ​credit in Public Engagement.


This credit applies to all institutions that have undergraduate majors, academic programs, or the equivalent.


An institution earns the maximum of 3 points available for this credit for having at least one sustainability-focused degree program or the equivalent for undergraduate students. Partial points are available. An institution with no sustainability-focused degree program that has at least one sustainability-focused minor, concentration, or certificate earns 1.5 points (half of the points available for this credit).



Report on current program status and offerings at the time of submission. Planned degree programs or degree programs that have been canceled are not eligible for this credit.

Sampling and Data Standards

Not applicable.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.