A clear, common definition of sustainability is necessary for effective communication and coordination around learning and action across campus. This Target invokes a campus-wide definition and standardized reporting of existing sustainability courses.

Target actions for 2023

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Sustainability plan guiding principles

  •  Ensure students achieve sustainability literacy
  •  Choose our research conscientiously
  •  Keep equity and inclusion at the center
  •  Use resources responsibly
  •  Decarbonize

AASHE STARS categories:

  • AC 1

    Academic Courses

  • AC 2

    Learning Outcomes

Steps we will take in FY 2023

Work with EC, ESC, and stakeholders to finalize statements

UW Sustainability has been working to create sustainability mission and vision statements for the University of Washington, gathering feedback from sustainability stakeholders and members of the UW’s Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) and Sustainability Action Plan Executive Committee (EC). The draft statements will be finalized with these groups and UW Sustainability will then work with UW leadership and other stakeholders to formalize these as our institutional sustainability mission and vision.


Steps we will take in FY 2023

Conduct outreach to update and refine course list 

To build off the work of creating an initial sustainability course list, UW Sustainability will connect with UW academic departments to refine the list, asking the departments to identify courses which should be added or removed from the list. This will build a course list which is more useful to students, while building relationships with academic departments.  Ideally, this process will also help identify faculty who may be interested in other sustainability collaborations or Campus as a Living Lab work.

Steps we will take in 2023

Develop a Hub strategic plan including purpose, goals, intended outcomes, needs, etc. 

UW Sustainability and the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) will create a strategic plan around the creation of a possible Student Sustainability Hub, which would be a resource dedicated to supporting students around sustainability.