At Mills College in Oakland, California, sustainability is a top priority. 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. To that end, every residential room has a recycling bin and compost bins are available on each floor. 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 new Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building achieved LEED Platinum and features 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. Public transportation is central to life on campus. The Mills shuttle connects students with local transit, and the school runs a web-based carpool system for students making longer trips. The school is restoring two water bodies 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 which led to a fully trayless campus, significantly reducing food waste. In addition the students have been instrumental in implementing Power Down Days that encourage staff, students, and faculty to conserve energy. The on-campus Botanic Garden is a living laboratory and a part of the Biology Department. The community garden grows organic produce which is sourced to the campus dining halls.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.