Sustainable Campus

At De Anza College, “sustainability” means taking responsibility for promoting environmental stewardship, social equity and financial responsibility. 

Learn about De Anza's sustainability practices in this video and read more about our programs on this page.

Award-Winning Sustainability Programs

Statewide Excellence Award

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors honored De Anza with an "Excellence in Energy and Sustainability" award in 2019, recognizing the college for its efforts to improve the operating efficiency of campus buildings. The award cited a recent energy monitoring project for De Anza's S Quad buildings that will save 168,000 kilowatt hours and reduce energy costs by $55,000 annually.

Cupertino Sustainability Champion

The city of Cupertino honored De Anza College with the title of "Sustainability Champion" as part of the city's 2019 CREST Awards program. The award, which recognizes the college for its campuswide sustainability practices, was formally presented during a public ceremony at Cupertino Community Hall. 

LEED Building Certification

Nine buildings on the De Anza campus are certified as meeting national LEED standards for sustainability in materials and design. 

First to Win Green Business Certification

green business logoDe Anza was the first community college to be certified as a Bay Area Green Business.

The program distinguishes organizations that protect, sustain and preserve the environment. The city of Cupertino also awarded the college with a GreenBiz certification, an offshoot of the Bay Area Green Business program.

The Bay Area Green Business Program is a partnership of local environmental agencies and utilities. They verify that participating businesses conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution and shrink their carbon footprints.

De Anza earned the certification in 2016 in recognition for a number of initiatives, including

  • Using biodegradable products in the Campus Center
  • Replacing chemical fertilizers with composted material for athletic fields
  • Saving water through the use of low-flow showers and irrigation controls
  • Installing water bottle filling stations to discourage the use of plastic
  • Saving energy with LED lighting and sensors that turn off lights in empty rooms 

Campus Sustainability Programs

We are proud of our sustainability programs, from our campuswide recycling operation to our nine LEED-certified green buildings, and more. 

  • Our Dining Services operation uses biodegradable plates and utensils, as well as green vegetables from a community garden on campus.
  • De Anza generates power from a fleet of solar panels in our parking lots, and our swimming pools are heated with the help of co-generation microturbines.
  • Campus restrooms use paper supplies containing post-consumer recycled content, while the landscaping around campus includes native and drought-tolerant plants

These efforts are guided by a sustainability policy and goals outlined in a comprehensive college Sustainability Management Plan. The plan was developed with campuswide participation and approved by college governance in fall 2007. 

We also have an innovative Environmental Studies degree program, with classes and workspace housed in the award-winning Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies  the first LEED Platinum-certified community college building in the nation. Right next door is the Cheeseman Environmental Studies Areaa 1.5-acre natural garden containing 400 species of plants representing 12 California habitats.

Make a Difference For the Future

Visiting the Cheeseman ESA

Visit the Cheeseman Environmental Studies Area at De Anza.

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