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Our Commitment

For De Anza College, sustainability encompasses making provision and taking responsibility for
ensuring that every action and decision embodies environmental stewardship, social equity and citizenship, and financial responsibility. See our sustainability policy to learn more about our commitment to take action.

We are achieving our sustainability goals through implementation of our Sustainability Management Plan (SMP), adopted by all levels of campus governance in fall 2007.

Sustainability: A Working Definition

To utilize components of social, cultural and biological diversity in a way and rate that does not lead to long-term decline, thereby maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of present and future generations. Adapted from the Conventions on Biological Diversity

Environmental Stewardship

At De Anza, we — faculty, staff and students — all have important roles in the daily practices and long-term strategies that nurture environmental sustainability on campus and in our community. Our commitments are critical so that present and future generations may have a decent way of life without destroying what ultimately sustains all life on earth — natural ecosystems or what is more commonly known as the environment.Bicycles and recycling bins on De Anza campus

De Anza offers many ways to make a difference for the future TODAY!
How to reduce environmental impact
  • Transportation
    Walk, ride a bike, carpool or take public transit to De Anza.
  • Meals
    Choose local and/or organic foods. Eat less meat. Use biodegradable plates and utensils in the food court, or better yet, bring your own reusable fork.
  • Energy
    Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Use natural light and warmth from the sun whenever possible. When it's hot, enjoy cool shade from a tree. Dress in layers so that you can be comfortable inside your classrooms and workspace.
  • Waste Minimization
    Reject. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rethink how your purchases impact the environment. Use a reusable container for your water. Choose products made from recycled materials. Read more about what you can do to live more sustainably.
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In the News

Sustainability Meetings
Green Building Updates
Areas of Focus
  • Community and Civic Engagement (VIDA)
  • Energy Conservation and Efficiency — GHG Emissions Reduction
  • Green Building Construction and Renovation
  • Landscaping
  • Purchasing
  • Waste Minimization and Pollution Control
  • Water Use


Contact: Manny Dasilva
Phone: 408.864.5528

Last Updated: 4/20/18