Santa Clara University

sustainability at scu


  • zimrideZimride

    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.
  • zipcarZipcar Rental Program

    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.  

  • caltrainPublic Transportation

    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. Learn more about available transit options.

    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.

  • carpoolCarpooling

    SCU encourages carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpoolers. Carpools are vehicles that arrive on campus with two 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 Campus Safety website for the latest information.

    To start or join an existing carpool, visit Ridematch, a service of This service provides participants with a list of other participants who have similar commute schedules. The service is free.

  • electric car chargingElectrical Vehicle Charging Stations

    SCU provides public electric vehicle charging stations on campus. These stations are free for campus parking permit holders or cost $1.00 per hour for all other users with a maximum charge of $6.00. 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.

  • bikesBicycling

    Many students, faculty, and staff use bicycles as a convenient way to get to SCU. Bicycle racks are located throughout campus.

    SCU Bicycle Commuter Program
    The program provides an incentive for persons to bicycle to work in support of the University's sustainability goals. Faculty and staff must reside more than 1.5 miles from campus. Learn more about the Bicycle Commuter Program.

    Learn more about bicycle security
    View an interactive bikeways map for Santa Clara County

  • MS_3color_logo 140lcRead more about transportation at SCU

    Read more about sustainable transportation initiatives, featured in recent Sustainability Updates.

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