Creating a Culture of Sustainability

The Sustainability Office strives to foster a culture of diverse, equitable and inclusive sustainability at UCSC. We actively engage students, staff, faculty and community members through education, leadership development, institutional change and behavioral transformation. We build partnerships with students and community members to improve UCSC's environmental performance, seeking to model the way for how large institutions can work collaboratively to solve some of the world's biggest environmental and social justice challenges.

Goals

  1. Institutionalize sustainability. Work proactively to integrate sustainability into the core responsibilities and daily activities of faculty, students, and staff.
  2. Improve environmental performance through the Campus Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Office facilitates and manages UCSC's Campus Sustainability Plan and supports the campus to refine, track, and implement goals and benchmarks.
  3. Create centralized communication and promote successes. Create a central space for coordination of campus sustainability activities, educational initiatives, noteworthy campus achievements, reporting and national rankings.
  4. Promote a culture of inclusive sustainability. Work to advance different cultural definitions of how to care for environmental spaces and human communities, and promote multicultural inclusion in sustainability initiatives across campus.
  5. Integrate sustainability into the classroom. Build bridges between operations, teaching and research to establish UCSC as a living, learning laboratory in which students can learn and apply sustainability principles and techniques.