We’re proud to say that we have been consistently named one of the greenest colleges
in the nation by the Princeton Review since the ranking began in 2009. It’s part of
our commitment to sustainability to protect our campus and the planet.
As a student, you can get involved with our green initiatives through many programs
and special events. Here’s just a sample of what’s happening on campus.
Our new community farm was started thanks to a student gift from the Mills Class of
2010. Take a farm class, attend an event, or volunteer to help this venture thrive.
Creek Care Days
Get hands-on with your fellow students, staff, faculty, and alumnae as they restore
the native habitat of Leona Creek, which connects Mills to the city of Oakland.
The Botanic Garden is a living laboratory on campus that houses California native
plants, succulents, ferns, and healing plants used for lectures, lab studies, and
student projects in the natural sciences.
Join a sustainability-related student club, such as EarthCORPS, so you can facilitate
programs and social activities that help make Mills green in residence halls, classrooms,
offices, and other areas on campus.
Our on-campus dining venues offer primarily local produce, cage-free eggs, grass-fed
beef, and fair-trade coffee, with vegetarian or vegan options. Get a campus job with
our food-service provider to learn about sustainable dining and food justice.
Volunteer at the Reuse Depot to encourage the campus community to donate items that
might typically be thrown away so they can be reused and repurposed by others.
Help organize or participate in our annual Earth Day celebration, which takes place
over the course of a week in spring, leading up to Earth Day.
Green for Green
Apply for a grant from our Green for Green Fund and launch your own sustainability
project on campus. This program is led and implemented by students but benefits everyone!
You’ll see solar panels or a living green roof on our newest buildings, but you might
find the charging stations around campus particularly handy for powering your devices
as you enjoy the mid-day sun.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Compost.
Everyone on campus participates in our green efforts by working towards a goal of
zero waste. You’ll notice the bins around campus that make sustainability an important
part of life at Mills.