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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 2015-2016 academic year, some of the Sustainability Committee focus areas will be:

  • Reaching goal of 15% greenhouse gas emissions reduction from 2008 emissions by 2015, in alignment with our pledge for the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Currently specific strategies include lowering energy consumption through lighting, building infrastructure, and behavior change.
  • Stepping up pace of drought mitigation efforts, such as lawn replacement and installation of efficient water fixtures.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of our composting program.

Please contact the Sustainability Coordinator, Nicole Gaetjens, at ngaetjens@mills.edu if you are interested in joining the Sustainability Committee.

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 Committee will collaborate with the Green Fee team to identify and execute applicable projects.


Sustainability Committee

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

Botanic Garden

Sustainable Dining


Water Conservation

The Sustainability Center

Campus Sustainability Map

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Green Department Certification

Contact Information 

Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator

Sustainability Committee:

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Last Updated: 8/18/15