Santa Clara University


Student Organizations


Tools for all student organizations


SCOOPS: Students Collaborating and Organizing Opportunities and Projects for Sustainability

SCOOPS empowers Santa Clara University students in leadership positions to implement the University's Strategic Plan by fostering Justice and Sustainability programs among student organizations. Liaisons engage their organization's members in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability among students at SCU. Liaisons share and discuss endeavors, events, ideas, and foster collaborative opportunities between multiple organizations.

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Best Practices for Student Organizations

Read a PDF with 10 ways student organizations, clubs, and teams can operate more sustainably right now, regardless of their theme or purpose. Suggestions include reducing waste associated with meetings and meals, ordering club t-shirts through socially-responsible vendors, and choosing more sustainable transportation options when organizing an event off-campus.

List of sustainability-related chartered and registered student organizations

Into the Wild (Outdoors Club) provides students with opportunities to get off campus and explore California’s wilderness. Every week are organized trips for all skill levels that include hiking, backpacking, snow camping, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, surfing, and more. Into the Wild aims to promote healthy, sober fun while encouraging education in environmentally sustainable practices.

The GREEN (Grass Roots Environmental Efforts Now) Club is the University's environmental club which seeks to promote sustainability to the campus community through focused projects, events such as Earth Week, and community action. Some of the projects GREEN Club leads include Oceans, to promote marine conservation, Think Outside the Bottle, to encourage tap water over bottled water, and divestment.

Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP) is a community-based, volunteer service organization dedicated to applying education to social service. SCCAP promotes social awareness, leadership for social justice, and compassion. SCCAP promotes the holistic education of the volunteer by serving the surrounding community and by reflecting upon social justice issues, with the intent of challenging the participants to commit to creating a more humane and just world.

Bronco Leaders for Environmental Justice Investigating Truth (B-LEJIT) is focused on promoting environmental justice on campus, in the local community, and on a national and global scale.

Bridging the Gap: Alleviating Poverty (BTGAP) focuses on educating about widespread domestic and international poverty, hunger, and environmental issues.

The Solar Decathlon team is a group of undergraduate students that designs and builds a completely solar-powered home each year to compete in the annual international Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Their entries into the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlons both earned 3rd place in the competition. Their 2013 entry placed 5th in engineering and 11th overall. Note: both 2007 and 2009 solar houses are permanently in operation on the SCU campus.

Amnesty International promotes awareness about worldwide human rights and justice issues and empowers student to make a difference.

Engineers Without Borders partners with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life.

The Environmental Law Society promotes environmental awareness on campus and in the surrounding community. It also encourages students to pursue careers in environmental law by sponsoring educational and networking events on current topics in environmental law.

Global Medical Brigades pools medical resources and professionals together and organizes a brigade to Honduras with the purpose of helping patients in need and delivering medical supplies.

SCUBA Club is a recreational diving club which fosters a connection to nature.

Sustainable Business Club is an organization for students to engage other students about the triple bottom line of sustainability, learn about corporate social responsibility, and to network with sustainable companies and organizations. This club aims to familiarize Santa Clara business students with the role sustainability plays in a real life corporate setting and provides opportunities for students to network and build relationships with business leaders in the Silicon Valley who recognize sustainability as a key component of 21st Century business careers.

The Freedom Project raises awareness about issues of slavery and trafficking and engages community about the cycle, social/emotional implications, and sustainable solutions positive changes in our curriculum and our community.

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) seeks to raise the profile of the field of animal law and educate students and the community on the cruelty that animals face every day, from the evils of factory farming to criminal animal abuse that goes unprosecuted.

SCU Rotaract is an organization for students and young business professionals interested in service in both the local and global communities, as well as professional and social networking.

Public Health Science Club facilitates the acquainting of public health majors and other scientific fields that may pursue careers in the medical field other than medical school itself. The club provides guidance and advice regarding public health courses and the public health major as a whole.

Society for Women Engineers increases awareness, support for, and community strength of the female engineers on campus and mentors high schoolers interested in pursuing engineering.

Hero Projects is a service club that spreads the word about the opportunity to have a life-changing experience by participating on a 2-week trip that combines outdoor recreation and meaningful, sustainable volunteer projects in places in need, and to raise funding for prospective students participating in these experiences.

All organizations included here are student-governed.

Contact Us

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