Oakland, CA—November 3, 2021
Mills College is proud to announce it has been selected as one of the 420 greenest colleges in the United States. For the 12th consecutive year, Mills' performance as an environmentally aware and responsible institution has earned the College recognition in the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the US Green Building Council, the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges: Edition 2022 profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. In 2020–21, 420 colleges were selected out of 835 based on a Green Rating Score of 80 or higher. Mills received a rating score of 90 out of 99.
“This achievement is a reflection of the many Mills students, faculty, and staff that have centered environmental and climate justice in their projects, classes, programs, and daily life,” said Sustainability Coordinator Joanne Wong. “There is not one way to sustainability; at Mills we encourage students to find their own way to help build resilience in big ways and small."
In its profile of Mills, the guide notes that the College reuses, recycles, and composts more than 60 percent of its waste, and the school is aiming to improve that number to 100 percent. Mills is also committed to sustainable building practices. All new buildings are built to meet LEED Silver standards or higher. The Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building achieved LEED Platinum status with features such as a rainwater collection system, solar panels on the roof, and native, drought-tolerant plants in its courtyards. Additionally, the state-of-the-art Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy building earned LEED Gold.
Public transportation is central to life on campus at Mills. In an effort to increase campus sustainability, every student receives an AC Transit EasyPass for local transit and the school hosts a web-based car pool system for students making longer trips. Mills also has Zipcar carshare, which helps reduce the burden of car ownership, as well as 10 EV charging stations on campus for electric cars, made possible through a federal grant.
Additionally, Mills students, staff, and faculty act as stewards of local ecosystems. The school completes on-going restoration of two bodies of water on campus, Leona Creek and Lake Aliso, and hosts an annual Creek-to-Bay Day to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus and around Oakland. Students work with the administration to lead environmental initiatives on campus including a reusable to-go container pilot to reduce packaging waste, and Peak Energy Days that encourage staff, students, and faculty to conserve energy.
About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, Mills is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and gender nonbinary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top-ten regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills has again earned the #1 Best Value College in the West for 2022. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, Mills has a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ+ students, and other underrepresented students. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities.
In September 2021, Mills announced a merger with Northeastern University to occur in July 2022. Learn more.