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Sustainability at Mills

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The Sustainability Calendar provides the date, time, location, and a description of both regular and one-time sustainability related Mills events, such as our annual Earth Week. You must be logged on to your mills.edu email address to view the calendarIf you have an event you would like added to the calendar, please contact ngaetjens@mills.edu.

In addition to this page, check out our ecology, energy, farm and food, transportation, waste reduction, and water conservation ecology, pages for information on how you can reduce your personal environmental footprint in each of those categories.

Students, Faculty, and Staff:

  • Report needed fixes, like misdirected sprinkler heads, broken heater dials, and leaky faucets. The quicker the fix, the less resources wasted! Fill out the quick online Work Order Form
  • Planning an event? Utilize our Green Events Guide.
  • Participate in sustainability-related committees.  In 2007, the Mills College Sustainability Committee was created to synthesize the various environmental programs and efforts across campus. Since its inception, various subcommittees have been formed, focusing on topics including drought mitigation, energy management, waste reduction, and the Mills Community Farm. These committees meet monthly. Most recently, the Green for Green Committee was formed to review and provide recommendations regarding applications to the Green for Green Fund, a grant for student sustainability projects.
  • Sign up to volunteer at the Re-Use Depot by emailing reusedepot@mills.edu. See the Sustainability Calendar for scheduled volunteer events such as Creek Care Days.
  • Give us feedback.
  • Get involved in any other way you'd like to! We welcome new ideas.

 

Students:

  • Apply for Green for Green Individual undergraduate students and groups of students containing at least one undergraduate can receive funding for campus sustainability projects.  
  • Join a sustainability-related student group, such as EarthCORPS. Past EarthCORPS activities include field trips, sustainability conferences, a successful trayless dining campaign, and organizing Earth Week events.
  • Live in the campus Larsen Sustainability Co-Op. Larsen residents share house duties and decision making, and work to raise awareness around environmental issues through campus-wide programs and events. 
  • Become the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) Sustainability Senator. Apply to be the voice in Mills student government representing sustainability priorities for the campus and catalyze change.
  • Become an Eco-Rep. Four Eco-Representative student work study positions are available annually for the academic year. These students, supervised by the Sustainability Coordinator, take leadership roles in planning and implementing sustainability programs and events on campus, such as Creek Care Days and Recyclemania.

Faculty:
Faculty can develop courses that help fulfill the requirements of sustainability majors, minors, or concentrations such as Environmental Studies and Environmental Science. Faculty can also partner with Mills sustainability initiatives to provide experiential learning with tangible results, making the campus a “living laboratory.”

Examples of past and current collaborations include:

  • A plant ecology course incorporating labs at the Mills Community Farm.
  • A business class project analyzing campus-wide energy data on Power Down Days (days with targeted educational outreach in reduction) vs. other days that did not have the targeted outreach.
  • A public policy report on Mills College transportation policies and how they relate to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Directed research involving water quality and soil testing conducted on campus in Lake Aliso, which is Mills College’s source of irrigation water.
  • Various courses offering extra credit for service learning, including participation in Creek Care Days and Farm Days.

Inventory of Mills Courses Incorporating Sustainability

Staff:
Green Department Certification is an opportunity for Mills College departments to evaluate their current operational practices, receive assistance in adopting initiatives that enhance their commitment to environmental stewardship, and receive recognition for their efforts. To get started, take a look at the resources below and email ngaetjens@mills.edu if you would like an introductory presentation for your department. When a department is ready to pursue certification, they will form a Green Team to spearhead the process. The checklist includes a short list of required items, followed by a longer list of optional items that have a point value. There is the opportunity to obtain a Silver, Gold, or Platinum level of certification, depending on how many points are earned.

Awarded Green Department Certifications:

  • Office of the President
  • MBA Program and Economics Department
  • Public Policy Program
  • Library
  • Department of Public Safety

Green Department Certification Checklist
Green Department Certification Resource Guide

Alumni:
Mills is in the process of developing a network for alumnae/i interested in sustainability. If interested, please email ngaetjens@mills.edu.

 

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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: 8/17/17