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Sustainability Center

The Sustainability Center is in a new location, under the Mary Morse Rec room. See the Campus Sustainability Map.

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
  • 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. Eco-Reps have taken leadership roles in implementing weekly farm work days, weekly Creek Care Days, and implementing the national RecycleMania Competition. For the fall 2015 semester the community is welcome to volunteer at Creek Care Days every Friday between 11:30 am–1:30 pm.


Get Involved




Farm and Food

Sustainability Forums


Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

Contact Information 

Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator


Alisha Strater
Farm Manager


Green for Green Fund:

Sustainability Committee:

Re-Use Depot

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Last Updated: 10/8/15