Santa Clara University


Energy and Climate


University Operations targets our buildings as opportunities to use energy more efficiently. We will commit to reducing emissions wherever possible, generating our own renewable energy when financially feasible, zero emissions growth, and lastly, offsetting the remaining greenhouse gas emissions needed to achieve climate neutrality. Retrofits to existing buildings improve their mechanical efficiencies, while new buildings are designed to be as energy efficient as possible. Besides ongoing efficiency retrofits and projects to reduce energy demand, Green Power purchases have helped us reduce our net emissions.


Energy Efficiency

Over the past seven years the university has maintained an aggressive program of lighting and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) upgrades to reduce energy consumption.


Renewable Energy

University Operations is committed to reducing emissions wherever possible. The campus is currently home to photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, and a wind turbine.



Energy use is a major contributor to the University's greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about our emissions and our Climate Neutrality Action Plan.


Energy Challenge

The annual, month-long competition encourages campus residents to identify areas to improve energy efficiency and resource conservation in their residence halls and to share those ideas with our Facilities and Utilities departments.


Emissions Factors

0.26119 kg CO2 / kWh
0.000263739 MT eCO2 / kWh

Natural Gas for Stationary Combustion (heating)
53.02 kg CO2 / MMBtu
0.053166722 MT eCO2 / MMBtu

Recent news 

Campus utility improvements enable smart energy management
Campus utility improvements enable smart energy management

The Utilities department has recently achieved a milestone regarding electricity distribution and power management--paving the way for a smart microgrid at SCU.

Martina Sbicca: Engineering with Millennials in Mind
Martina Sbicca: Engineering with Millennials in Mind

Martina Sbicca, ‘16, has big goals for a small house. Along with a team of other SCU students of various majors, Martina plans to combine her passions for sustainability and architecture by creating a tiny house with Millennials in mind.

News and Events
News and Events

Transportation Survey | ESS Department Seminars | Wedlocked: A Critical Perspective on Marriage Rights/Rites | The Great Solar Disruption | Marriage Equality: Supreme Court Update | Successful Backyard Birdhouses Workshop | SCOOPS: Running an Energy-Efficient Organization | Careers for the Common Good Panel & Networking Event | Towards a Jurisprudence of Gender Equality | LOCALS: Save energy to save money! | Food Security: Integrating Science and Business | How Ethical is Climate Neutrality?

Contact Us

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