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Sustainability at Mills

Sustainability Center

Mission Statement

The Sustainability Center provides opportunities for the campus community to be involved in ecological restoration, resource stewardship, creative transportation strategies, and sustainable food systems initiatives. Students are provided with the resources necessary to accomplish effective sustainability advocacy and project implementation, giving them the experience required to succeed in future leadership roles. The Sustainability Center encourages the cultivation of innovative sustainable practices, opportunities to apply research, and educational outreach.

Student Leadership

The Sustainability Center supports student initiatives, campaigns and leadership development. The student group, Earth CORPS, is the Community Organized to Respect, Protect and Sustain the Earth. Students in Earth CORPS organize trips, educational events and campaigns to engage the campus community around issues of environmental sustainability. Past efforts include:

  • Trayless Campaign that eliminated trays from the main dining hall
  • Residential Rot, Compost is Hot Campaign that resulted in the implementation of a Compost Program in the residence halls
  • The initial support for the implementation of the Re-Use Depot and Spokes Folks Bike Co-op
  • Earth Week: an annual week full of sustainability-related workshops and events
  • Implementation of an education campaign to support Power Down Days
  • Fundraising and support to send students to conferences and field trips such as: the Salmon Rafting Tour, Bioneers Conference, AASHE conference, the California Student Sustainability Coalition, and a toxics tour of Richmond

The Re-Use Depot Manager is a student volunteer that directs the vision of how to most effectively exchange community resources, manage student volunteers that care for the space, while reducing what is sent to the landfill.

This year, students will institute a Green Fee, in which a portion of student dues to the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) are earmarked for sustainability projects. The Sustainability Center and Sustainability Committee will collaborate with the Green Fee team to identify and execute applicable projects.

Eco-Representative Program

The Sustainability Center supports four Eco-Representative student worker positions that provide significant opportunities for leadership development and deep engagement with themes. Though the positions vary from year to year depending on project focus, the programs for the 2014-2015 academic year included:

  • Urban Farm at Mills College
  • Creek Restoration Program
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost Programs

Eco-Reps have taken leadership roles in implementing weekly farm work days, weekly Creek Care Days, and implementing the national RecycleMania Competition.

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: 8/20/15