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sustainability at scu
  • Graham HallGraham Hall

    The newly renovated Graham Hall is set to achieve a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The residence hall opened in Fall 2012 and primarily houses freshmen and sophomores. The new building excels in the following categories of environmental design: site and materials conservation, water conservation, energy efficiency and conservation, and improved air quality.
  • Admissions & Enrollment Services building. Photo from SCU Office of Sustainability.Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission & Enrollment Services Building

    In 2012, Santa Clara University finished construction of the new 25,000 square foot Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission & Enrollment Services Building. Centrally located along Palm Drive, the building houses Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar's Office, and the Bursar's Office. The new building incorporates elements of sustainable design that include energy conservation, water conservation, and green power, among others.
  • LEED Gold certification Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activities Center

    In the fall of 2011, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification to Santa Clara University's Paul Locatelli, S. J. Student Activities Center. The center was completed in June of 2010 in honor of the longest serving university president, Paul Locatelli, S.J.
  • learning commonsLearning Commons, Technology Center, and Library

     The Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library opened in March 2008. Though twice the size of the previous building, the 194,000 square foot campus hub consumes the same amount of energy.

  • enteringlucasLucas Hall

    The Leavey School of Business building is designed to be 10% more energy efficient than California Title 24 requirements. The building has added exterior wall and roof insulation, double pane windows, high efficiency chillers and boilers, and automatic lighting controls. Over 75 percent of rooms in the building have both natural lighting and views of the outside. Construction materials were recycled, and building materials (carpeting, furniture, steel, and concrete) are composed of recycled material.

  • kennedycommonsThe Commons at Kennedy Mall

    The commons building promotes sustainable design and green building concepts by example and through education. The commons serves as a learning laboratory by incorporating sustainable components and measuring their performance over time. This building demonstrates that sustainability responds to community, environmental, and economic needs.

  • constructionSustainable Building Design

    Santa Clara University is a member of The Green Building Council, the overseeing body of the LEED rating system. We have staff that have been trained in the principles of LEED and retain a number of LEED certified design consultants. The Office of Projects and Planning has completed an initial analysis of the proposed new Leavey School of Business building based on the LEED criteria with promising results.
  • MS_3color_logo 140lcMore news

    Read about sustainability initiatives in our campus buildings, featured in our monthly Sustainability Update.

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