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Carpooling became easier at Santa Clara thanks to Zimride. The University partnered with the social network website for ridesharing in the fall of 2011. The site connects Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff with each other so they can request or offer rides. The service helps reduce the number of single occupancy cars coming to campus, which will ultimately reduce the University's carbon footprint. Visit and register with your email address.

zipcar on SCU campusZipCar Rental

Santa Clara has partnered with Zipcar to expand transportation opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members. After enrolling in the program on Zipcarʻs web site, participants can choose to reserve a Toyota Prius, Scion xB, or Honda Insight. Most vehicles are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are five vehicles located in the Mission lot and eight located in the Accolti lot. Visit Santa Clara's Zipcar page for more information.


SCU encourages carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpools which are vehicles that arrive on campus with 2 or more persons. Each carpool will receive five daily parking passes per month for participants’ use during the month of issuance, and must be validated on day of use by Campus Safety at the University’s Main Gate. See the Transportation Services site for the latest information and to register for this benefit program. To start or join an existing carpool, visit Ridematch, a free service of 

bike fix-it station on campusBicycling

Many students, faculty, and staff use bicycles as a convenient way to get to SCU. Bicycle racks are located throughout campus, as well as a couple fix-it stations. The SCU Bicycle Commuter Program provides an incentive for persons to bicycle to work in support of the University's sustainability goals. Participants must reside more than 1.5 miles from campus. Learn more about bicycle security or view an interactive bikeways map for Santa Clara County.

electric vehicle charging station, ChargePointElectric Vehicle Charging

SCU provides electric vehicle charging stations on campus. These stations are either included in the fee or have a reduced charging cost for campus parking permit holders, whereas non-permit holders are charged for access with prices varying. The stations were installed as part of a grant, and they fill a gap as the nearest stations are at the SJC airport, downtown San Jose, and along the peninsula. Users registered with the ChargePoint Network can see available charging stations online or see SCU's Campus Chargepoint stations in a PDF.

CalTrainPublic Transit

SCU is very fortunate to be located directly across the street from the Santa Clara CalTrain/VTA Transit Station. There is excellent bus and rail service to the area, including a free shuttle to the airport that leaves every 15 minutes. To encourage employee use of public transportation, Santa Clara University offers transit tickets at substantially reduced rates for faculty and staff. Learn more about this employee benefit by visiting the Transportation Services website.

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It’s time to start preparing for the academic year again. What are you steps are you going to take this year to reduce your impact and help SCU reach climate neutrality by the end of 2015? If you commute to campus, try setting up a carpool this year through our exclusive SCU Zimride program. You can find out who lives in your area and carpools to school or work. Driving back to school from your hometown? Post a ride and carpool back!

Dreaming of a new laptop or ipad? Electronics help make our lives easier, but because they contain heavy metals they can have harmful effects on our environment. Before you purchase a new gadget, ask yourself whether or not you really need it? Can you reuse or fix what you already have? If so, you will help reduce electronic waste and keep your wallet full. However, if you do decide to purchase electronics, make sure they are sustainably made such as Energy Star Products, EPEAT Registered, and Conflict Free Minerals labels. If you really need to dispose of your electronics, check out our FAQ page for ways to dispose of them safely.

One simple way to go “green” this fall is to reduce your paper waste. You can do this by using refillable binders instead of notebooks, going electronic (paper free!), using both sides of the paper whenever possible when printing and taking notes (here are SCU’s duplex printing instructions). Don’t forget to recycle your paper products and help SCU go Zero Waste!

It’s always tempting to purchase new products when the academic year begins, but a great way to help conserve resources and respect our planet is to pack light this fall. If you are wondering whether or not you really need that extra shelving, blender, or popsicle maker, wait until you get to campus. You might find that you don’t really need it or that your roommate already bought one!

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