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Sustainability at Mills

Ecology

What We're Doing
At Mills, we see the campus as an ecosystem. Some of our ecological initiatives are listed below.

Botanic Garden
The garden's plant collection includes a number of California native plants, succulents, ferns, and healing plants used mainly for lecture/lab studies, but also for more specific student projects. The Botanic Garden is also home to the Gaia House, which supports the Restoration Ecology program, field study research, workshops, and community gatherings. The building reflects a number of earth-friendly features, such as passive ventilation, natural lighting and a bio-swale to filter runoff. 

Creek Habitat Restoration
Two sites along Leona Creek, which runs through the Mills campus, have been targeted as priority areas for native habitat restoration. California Bay Laurel, Toyon, California Buckeye, and more have been planted and maintained at these two sites at weekly Creek Care Days, open to the Mills community to volunteer at.

Green Screen
A variety of native, drought tolerant plants have been planted and tended to along the fence bordering Mills College and MacArthur Boulevard by Mills staff, faculty, and students. This "green screen" provides improved air quality for campus grounds in proximity to MacArthur Boulevard traffic.

Healing Plant Tour
The Mills Healing Plant Tour exists to bring awareness to the Mills community of the presence of primarily native but also non-native medicinal plants on campus and how they’ve been used over time. The self-guided tour consists of a map and corresponding signage throughout the campus. Each plaque features a photograph of the plant along with its scientific and common names, medicinal and non-medicinal uses and various cultures and places throughout the world where the plant or similar plants exist. You can learn more about the creation and history of the Healing Plant Tour here.

What You Can Do

  • Volunteer at Creek Care Days: Fridays 9am-1pm for Spring 2016 semester.
  • Volunteer at Botanic Garden with the Garden Club.
  • Grow native, drought tolerant plants. The California Native Plant Society has a list of local nurseries you can buy native plants from, and the EPA has an inventory of native, drought-tolerant plants.

 

 

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Contact Information 

Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator

ngaetjens@mills.edu
510.430.3224

Alisha Strater
Farm Manager

astrater@mills.edu
510.430.2230

Green for Green Fund:
greenforgreen@mills.edu

Sustainability Committee:
green@mills.edu

Re-Use Depot
reusedepot@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 8/3/17