Oakland, CA—October 10, 2016
Mills College is proud to announce it has been selected as one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition recognized Mills as one of the greenest colleges in the nation based on the school’s performance as an environmentally aware and responsible institution. Mills received a Green Rating of 90.
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), The Princeton Review's Guide to 361 Green Colleges profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.
"Among more than 10,000 teens who participated in our 2016 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61 percent told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president-publisher. "We strongly recommend the schools in this guide to environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges."
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. The main dining hall, Founders Commons, throws away only 3 percent of its waste. 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 Graduate School of Business building earned LEED Gold.
The guide also notes that public transportation is central to life on campus. In an effort to increase campus sustainability, the campus shuttle connects students with local transit and the school runs a web-based car pool system for students making longer trips. Mills also has a school developed bicycle plan providing secure bike storage, shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters.
Additionally, Mills students and faculty act as stewards of local ecosystems. The school is restoring 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. A student group, Earth CORPS, works with the administration to lead environmental initiatives on campus. Earth CORPS organized the Trayless Dining Days campaign that eventually led to a fully trayless campus, significantly reducing food waste.
“Mills has made a campus‐wide commitment to provide students with a variety of opportunities to be active participants in issues of environmental sustainability,” said Renée Jadushlever, chief of staff and vice president for communications and external relations at Mills. “From residence halls and classrooms to dining facilities and social activities, the campus is a learning laboratory in which students can discover and improve on the relationships between the environment and their daily decisions.”
Mills has been featured in The Princeton Review’s annual green guide each year since the guide’s inception seven years ago.
About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 381 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit www.mills.edu.