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Mills College Sustainability Committee

In 2007, the Mills College Sustainability Committee was created to synthesize the various environmental programs and efforts across campus. The committee allows for a cross fertilization of ideas from a wide range of perspectives and departments. This coordination among different areas of the institution allows for a deeper engagement with the initiatives.

Mills: A Vision of Stewardship


The Sustainability Committee:

  • promotes and develops environmentally sustainable practices, social responsibility and campus stewardship;
  • provides policy leadership;
  • facilitates community partnerships;
  • encourages environmental inquiry, research and education;
  • inspires future leaders in sustainability

During the 2012–2013 academic year, the Sustainability Committee will be focusing on these initiatives:

  • The Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15% by 2015. The primary focus will be on lowering energy consumption through buildings, infrastructure and behavioral change.
  • The development of a campus farm grant package. The business proposal for the campus farm has been completed. Subcommittee members have visited local agriculture and garden programs. The next step is securing a planning grant, eventually leading to the community being able to eat food grown on campus.
  • Create a plan to encourage higher participation in alternative transportation options and to reduce drive-alone commuting.


Sustainability Committee

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

Botanic Garden

Food Systems


The Sustainability Center

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Green Department Certification


Contact Information 

Sustainability Committee:

Re-Use Depot
Last Updated: 8/20/12