visitors at the waterfall in the Cheeseman ESA

Visit the Cheeseman Environmental Studies Area at De Anza.

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

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 first LEED Platinum-certified community college building in the nation – the award-winning Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies. Right next door is the Cheeseman Environmental Studies Areaa 1.5-acre natural garden containing some 400 species of plants representing 12 California natural communities.

At De Anza, you can make a difference for the future.

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