Santa Clara University


Residence Life


Sustainability-Themed Housing

Santa Clara University has eight Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), each with a specific theme and programming which focuses on certain core values. CyPhi's theme is rooted in sustainability and the arts. CyPhi also has a floor called SLURP, which stands for the Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project. SLURP is dedicated to student research about sustainable living on the Santa Clara University campus. Other RLC themes are also related to sustainability: "Communitas" focuses on local action and compassion; "Loyola" focuses on faith and justice; "Unity" explores the understanding and appreciation of diversity as a catalyst for social and civic engagement; and "Xavier" is an RLC for those who want to make a difference in the world, and who want to participate in the Jesuit tradition of the integration of faith and justice.

CyPhi Residential Learning Community (RLC)

The mission of the Cyphi RLC is to increase student awareness about local and global environmental issues and to help students develop habits of living and decision-making that are more environmentally sustainable.

SLURP - Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project

Students research sustainable living at Santa Clara University. Read about their projects from SLURP's first year.

Resources for Community Facilitators

From a "100-mile Thanksgiving" to the latest "green technologies," teach your residents about specific issues related to sustainability. Download and print bulletin board "kits" or check out our list of resources to design your own.

Duplex Printing

Duplex printing, or printing double-sided, is now available in the residence halls, and residents who choose this option will save $.02 on every page they print. Duplex printing is an easy and effective way to minimize paper waste.

Energy Challenge

The Energy Challenge encourages campus residents to examine their power usage and find ways to reduce wasted energy use. Rather than rivaling against one another, residence halls attempt to reduce their building's electricity consumption in comparison to historical use, adjusted for changing numbers of residents. Students in the top-conserving building and those in the building with the most enthusiasm for energy conservation will win prizes!

Contact Us

Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053