Powering our campus efficiently and with energy generated from renewable sources is a core part of the College’s commitment to sustainability. Through campus initiatives, infrastructure updates, and environmentally conscious development, the Mills community is embracing a greener future.

What We're Doing

Mills is constantly exploring new ways to decrease our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy. Some of our initiatives are highlighted below.

Green Buildings

The two most recently constructed buildings on the Mills campus have both obtained certification through the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED certification includes four levels: Platinum (highest), Gold, Silver, and Certified. The Betty Irene Moore Natural Science Building received a LEED Platinum certification, using 89% less energy than a typical Bay Area lab and obtaining about one third of its electricity from rooftop solar. The Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy received LEED Gold certification, and features numerous conservation strategies such as a green roof and automatically adjusting window shades.

Mills is committed to certifying all future new construction to the LEED Silver level at minimum.

Energy Efficiency

Mills has made substantial energy efficiency upgrades to our boiler systems and food service equipment. The College is also continuing to expand the use of efficient lighting systems, including timers, motion sensors, and internal and external LED lighting. Behavior change campaigns include the Power Down Days program, with educational outreach to reduce energy use during targeted times.

What You Can Do

  • Turn off or unplug your extension cords and other cords when not in use. Even when your electronics are turned off, they still use some power when plugged in, called "vampire power."
  • Keep your window shades open when the sun's out to allow heat into your room, and leave your shades closed when sunlight isn't hitting your room to keep the heat in your room from escaping.
  • Submit a Service Request for broken heating dials, light switches, and other fixtures at Mills.
  • Use Energy Star rated products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates appliances, office equipment, and other products with Energy Star when they have a specified level of energy efficiency. The EPA also maintains an inventory of Energy Star products.

Additional tips on saving energy can be found on the PG&E website.