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Sustainability at Mills

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost 

Mills College has a goal of Zero Waste, a whole system approach toward achieving the most efficient use of our resources. At Mills, we conserve and reuse materials first, then maximize diversion of materials from the landfill into recycling and compost systems. We also purchase recycled materials for everyday use, such as 100% post-consumer content copy paper.

According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, Zero Waste means that all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use; that communities actively use products that can be reused, recycled or composted; and to eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.

When we direct our food scraps, food-soiled paper, and other compostable materials into the compost bin, these materials are taken to a commercial facility and turned into compost. Compost is then sold to farms to replenish depleted soil with the nutrients and carbon that healthy plants need.

Compostables in the landfill, however, form methane, a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Overall, by participating in efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost and buying recycled-content products, we lessen the environmental effects of extracting virgin resources while enhancing the health of the planet, our bodies, and our communities.

Contact Information
Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator
510.430.3224
ngaetjens@mills.edu

Pat Ernesto
Campus Facilities
510.430.2146
pat@mills.edu

Overview

Sustainability Committee

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

Botanic Garden

Sustainable Dining

Transportation

Water Conservation

The Sustainability Center

Campus Sustainability Map

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Green Department Certification

Contact Information 

Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator
ngaetjens@mills.edu
510.430.3224

Sustainability Committee:
green@mills.edu

Re-Use Depot
reusedepot@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 8/18/15