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Go Green.

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, our environment, 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.

Community Farm
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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
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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.

Botanic Garden
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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.

EarthCORPS
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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.

Food Justice
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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.

Reuse Depot
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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.

Earth Week
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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
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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!

Solar Power
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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.