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UC San Diego Principles of Sustainability

UC San Diego strives to practice and promote the principle of sustainability, defined by the Brundtland Commission as meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

The ultimate success of the university, the well-being of its constituents and the surrounding community, depend on our ability to achieve our research, education, and service missions while promoting sustainable behaviors and practices.

UC San Diego therefore, establishes and acknowledges the following Principles of Sustainability in order to establish sustainability as a foundational value of the university.

  • We are committed to the creation of a sustainable relationship between human societies and the natural environment upon which we all depend.
  • We recognize that sustainability is a key part of our mission, and that sustainability encompasses social, economic, and cultural interactions set within a supporting ecosystem.
  • We recognize that UCSD can make vital contributions to sustainability solutions through its research, teaching, and operations.
  • We encourage the development of academic programs to create sustainability solutions through research and experiential learning.
  • We encourage the discussion of sustainability concepts in appropriate academic disciplines and across all levels of education.
  • We encourage the incorporation of sustainability concepts in education, research, and campus operations.
  • We commit to conduct open, periodic assessments of UCSD’s progress toward sustainability to guide campus policy and decision making, and to openly communicate assessment results to the university community.
  • We are committed to the development and enactment of policies that promote the fulfillment of these principles.