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Research

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Faculty Research

From fuel cells to food system governance; from environmental justice to racial equity issues in K-12 schools; from economic development in Africa to spirituality, 99 faculty members have engaged in sustainability research.

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Student Research

More and more students are focusing their research on issues related to sustainability. Such projects include engineering students' senior design projects, an analysis of the University's current and future energy usage and an examination of the sustainability in SCU offices.

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Library Guides

Sustainability is a multifaceted topic, and spans many disciplines. This University Library guide reflects library resources and recent acquisitions related to sustainability plus authoritative, relevant web resources.

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Solar Decathlon

SCU participates in this biennial competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, which unites college teams to design, construct, and operate the most energy efficient, functional, and attractive solar-powered home.

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SLURP

SLURP stands for Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project and promotes a culture of sustainability throughout the University via applied research. Members of SLURP live on a special floor in the CyPhi RLC and receive course credit (ENVS 195).

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Sustainable Energy Initiative

SCU’s School of Engineering has a long history of involvement in sustainable energy studies. New courses are being developed each quarter, and a graduate certificate in renewable energy and a multi-disciplinary master’s degree in energy and sustainability are offered to train Silicon Valley’s professionals to meet the changing demands in the rapidly growing renewable energy market.
The Work of Sean Reilly: Water Molecules & Mountain Ranges
The Work of Sean Reilly: Water Molecules & Mountain Ranges

Sean Reilly ‘16 has a thirst for combining outdoor experiences with research. His latest endeavor is using lasers to analyze various water samples in a brand new lab on campus.

Frugal Innovation Lab: Engineering solutions for a sustainable world
Frugal Innovation Lab: Engineering solutions for a sustainable world

In SCU's School of Engineering, a groundbreaking new program contributes to the University vision of building a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Founded by Professor Radha Basu, the Frugal Innovation Lab (FIL) is an epitome of the School's theme, "Engineering with a Mission."

Thane Kreiner: Directing global innovation-based entrepreneurship
Thane Kreiner: Directing global innovation-based entrepreneurship

When the opportunity to be at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) arose, it was a dream come true for Thane Kreiner, one that came a bit early, yet fulfilled his desire to work on science and technology purely for social benefit.

Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 sustainability@scu.edu