Landscaping

  • We use minimal fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides on our landscaping, only as the last option. 
  • All landscape waste is either composted or chipped to be used as mulch on campus. 
  • California native plants are used throughout campus, where appropriate, and a native plant garden is adjacent to Heafey Law Library. 
  • Bioswales, which use plants and gentle slopes to purify rainwater runoff, are found next to Schott Admission and Enrollment Services, North Parking Structure, Locatelli Student Activities Center, Graham Hall, and Schott Stadium. 
  • Current projects underway include piloting native California sedge species as an alternative to current lawns and reaching 100% recycled water on campus grounds.

Progression of California native field sedge (Carex praegracilis) growing near Bellomy softball field. Approximately 400 square feet were planted in May 2015 and have since thrived.

Tree Campus USA

Students planting a tree on Arbor Day

Tree Campus USA is a title recognizing colleges and universities across the U.S.A. that effectively manage their campus trees to develop healthy, urban forests, while also engaging the student population through service-learning and forestry efforts.
 
SCU has been Tree Campus USA certified since 2016. We host an Arbor Day event each year and multiple tree plantings throughout the year.
 

Tree Campus USA Logo

Santa Clara University has been Tree Campus USA certified since 2016. There are 5 standards we need to meet in order to qualify:
 
1. Campus Tree Advisory Committee: meets 2-3 times a year to provide guidance for future plantings, approve the Campus Tree Care Plan, and foster an environment to educate and connect with community members through urban forestry. We have representatives from the student body, faculty, facilities, and an arborist to represent the community.
 
2. Campus Tree Care Plan: a goal-setting guide that provides specific details about the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees. View SCU's Tree Care Plan 2017.
 
3. Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures: a spreadsheet to determine where funds are allocated for the annual campus tree program. 
 
4. Arbor Day Observance: a day to educate the community about the importance of trees on campus and celebrate all the amazing things they do.
 
5. Service Learning Project: opportunities to engage the student body with trees on campus: Tree Plantings, SCU Gone Wild, Tree Inventory

James Wang, Environmental Science Major, Center for Sustainability Buildings and Grounds Intern

John Farnsworth, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Natural History

Michelle Bezanson, Anthropology, SCU Gone Wild Faculty Associate

Linda Hylkema, Cultural Resources Management, Director

Chris Young, Buildings and Grounds, Assistant Director

Gary Vargas, Landscape Maint Supervisor

Tim O'Keefe, Business Applications Tech. Manager

Tim Mains, Grounds

Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Center for Sustainability, Director

Brian McGovern, I.S.A. Certified Arborist

Plant a Tree

Upcoming Tree Plantings

Earth Week Planting

April 20 @ 12:30-2:00 p.m. by Mayer Theater

April 27 @ 12:00-2:00 p.m. by Campisi Quad