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Report Card 2010

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Santa Clara University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Santa Clara University

School details:

  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $533 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Santa Clara, California

Enrollment: 6,165

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
Santa Clara's sustainability policy emphasizes environmental stewardship, education, and service. Led by a full-time sustainability coordinator, the Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 and works with the Sustainability Council to implement and oversee sustainability initiatives on campus.
The university has committed to reduce its emissions to 20 percent below 1997 levels by 2010 in partnership with Sustainable Silicon Valley. The university has installed 50 kilowatts of photovoltaic panels and also has solar thermal systems on the rooftops of four campus buildings. Santa Clara has purchased 22,512 megawatt-hours of renewable energy credits, representing 73.8 percent of its total electricity consumption.
Local food accounts for 70 to 80 percent of total food purchases during the growing season and 40 to 50 percent during the off season. Santa Clara purchases 100 percent hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken, beef, and milk, and 80 percent cage-free eggs. The university also offers "relationship coffee," which allows for direct trade with the farmer and ensures standards above fair trade certification. Five out of six dining facilities run preconsumer composting programs.
Since 2006, all new construction is required to meet LEED Silver certification standards. Three campus buildings already meet LEED certification criteria. The university diverts 90 percent of nonhazardous construction waste from landfills.
The sustainability- and art-themed Cyphi Residential Learning Community is home to the Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project (SLURP). The university launched a peer-to-peer student sustainable living education program in 2009. Over 15 student organizations educate community members about sustainability. Santa Clara students participate in the US Department of Energy-sponsored Solar Decathalon, and many student groups address sustainability issues off campus.
Carpoolers receive free parking passes, and faculty and staff receive a 25 percent discount on public transportation. Santa Clara also has a bicycle-sharing program. The university's motor fleet includes hybrid and electric vehicles.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The university's investment policies must be consistent with its guiding values and principles, which include human rights, sacredness of life, environment, and nondiscrimination.
The university provides its investment managers with specific guidelines that determine its proxy votes on corporate governance matters and environmental and social resolutions.
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