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.