Santa Clara University


University Builds on Water Conservation Efforts

With Gov. Jerry Brown’s declaration of a drought and request that residents cut their water use by 20 percent, Santa Clara University is redoubling its efforts to conserve water.

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It’s not a new effort: The University started using recycled water for some purposes in 2002. It has cut its per-person use of potable water by 29 percent since 2005, and potable water use per square foot of building space has fallen 21 percent since 2005. But given the need to conserve even more, the University is looking at new ways to cut back.

Lindsey Kalkbrenner, director of the Center for Sustainability at Santa Clara University, emphasizes efforts at conservation the University has undertaken in the last several years:


The University uses recycled water for much of its irrigation.

To further reduce water use, the University is also taking the following new actions: