De Anza College sign with plant landscaping


Green Campus Initiatives

Look around and you will find signs of sustainable design throughout the De Anza campus, including

  • SustainabilitySolar panels in our parking lots
  • Low-irrigation and native plant landscaping
  • Walkways to bus stops on and near campus
  • Green buildings, rated through the LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, program.

Download a copy of our campus sustainability map, highlighting locations for some of our LEED rated buildings and other green initiatives.

Solar Power Photovoltaics
The cost of power is offset by operating the photovoltaics in parking lots A & B. The savings equate to approximately $300,000 per year. The estimated rebate the college will receive from PG&E for the established five-year term is $1.6 million.

Here's a list of campus initiatives helping De Anza meet a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

  • Permeable surfaces in courtyards
  • White roof (EPDM) where applicable
  • Reduced light pollution. Campus standard meets LEED requirements.
  • Master landscape plan, including water reduction and native and adaptive plants
  • Use of alternative fuel vehicles
  • Central heating and cooling plant
  • 340,000 KWH - 1/2 MW of solar energy is produced on-site
  • Capstone turbine
  • EMS fro HVAC, interior and exterior lighting
  • 50% minimum construction waster diversion required, 75% possible
  • Recycling program (paper/cans/bottles/mulch/composting) through single-stream collection
  • Use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood
  • Grey water reuse being considered




Contact: Manny Dasilva
Phone: 408.864.5528

Last Updated: 4/22/14