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Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Committee

The district has been working on a multi-year effort to respond to the SCUSD Board of Trustees’ requested actions through their Climate Change and Sustainability Resolution and Water Conservation Resolution. In fall 2019, SCUSD’s then-superintendent convened a group of high school students to create and present a climate change resolution to the Board of Trustees. Over the subsequent months, and despite the disruption of a worldwide pandemic and distance learning, the student-led group formed three subcommittees to work on sections of the resolution, work began to align the proposed actions of the resolution with the district’s new strategic vision and plan, and teachers joined the students to offer insights to proposed facts and actions highlighted in the resolution. 

The Board of Trustees adopted the resolution in spring 2022. In adopting the resolution, the board called for the formation of the district’s first Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Committee with students, teachers, administrators, and staff as members to develop indicators of progress in key areas, including the use of water, power, fossil fuels, recycling, and waste management, and to create a plan to identify recommended actions to be implemented. 

In fall 2023, the district and committee began work with its environmental technical assistance partner, Ten Strands, to utilize information from an environmental and climate action baseline assessment (completed in spring 2023) and data from the campus sustainability dashboard, and early implementation of projects from the draft environmental and climate action plan, to submit a California Green Ribbon Application.


Sustainability Dashboard

The district Sustainability Dashboard tracks the water, electrical and gas usage district-wide and per campus per month.  The dashboard is updated every few months.

Sustainability Dashboard


Water Conservation

Santa Clara Unified School District recognizes the importance of water as a precious and fundamental resource, which is why the district has made it our focus to integrate meaningful and necessary water-saving practices within our leadership and daily behaviors. The water conservation efforts found in our school communities help to reduce the stress on our region. In addition to reducing the environmental strain on the regional water supply, the financial savings can be substantial. To ensure Santa Clara Unified School District is making impactful strides toward becoming a leader in water conservation, the following four goals were created.

Goal 1: Creating Environmentally Conscious School Sites

The District is collaborating with school sites and students to create green teams and to ensure any new construction and modernization is environmentally conscious.

Goal 2: Installment of Water Conserving Landscape

The Grounds Department has replaced turf at many schools and installed drought-tolerant plants.  The District received reimbursement grants from the City of Santa Clara. Several examples are below.

Buchser Drought Tolerant Landscape

Buchser Middle School

Hughes Drought Tolerant Landscape

Hughes Elementary School

Scott Lane Drought Tolerant Landscape

Scott Lane Elementary School in Progress

Montague Drought Tolerant Landscape

Montague Elementary School After

Montague Before Landscape

Montague Elementary School Before

%22Brown is the new green%22 sign

Goal 3: Community / Student Education

For water reduction resources for teachers, classrooms, and afterschool learning, visit the link below.

Brown is the New Green signs from the City of Santa Clara have been installed throughout the District.

Goal 4: Water Conservation Policy

The Board of Trustees approved the Water Conservation Resolution in June of 2021.

As water reduction efforts increase, usage data will be posted to this website.