Commitment to Care For Our Common Home

Sustainability is a way of life at the University of San Diego (USD). Student-led initiatives provide sustainable solutions to current issues. Faculty members incorporate sustainability in and out of the classroom. Collaborative research projects and grants between faculty and students pay immediate dividends for the university community and society at large, including a $5 million grant by the National Science Foundation to educate community leaders about the impacts of climate change.

In 2016, USD adopted a comprehensive Climate Action Plan with aggressive targets aimed at reducing the university's environmental impact. USD has already reduced its energy consumption by more than 20% since 2010 and its water consumption by 38% since 2006. Additionally, 5,000+ photovoltaic panels generate 7% of the university’s energy needs, making the system one of the largest solar energy producers among all private colleges in the nation.

Begin quote The University of San Diego prepares students to be enlightened, engaged and ecological citizens. – James T. Harris III, President, University of San Diego

The first of its kind on a college campus, the University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center (ERC) is a living example of the university’s commitment to social entrepreneurship. The center has diverted 3+ million pounds of electronic waste from landfills and served 25,000+ customers, providing an important resource for the university and San Diego community. The university’s Fair Trade and bike-friendly campus designation also help to bolster its sustainable campus reputation.

From messaging on campus, to policies affecting how we do business, to facilitating engagement from our staff, students, faculty and administrators, to creating and supporting curricular efforts at all levels, we must take immediate action in concrete ways at all levels of the university to create a truly shared and lived vision of Care for Our Common Home.

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