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.

Status updates

Target actions for 2024

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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

This target called for a standard sustainability framework by 2022, which was achieved through the adoption of UW’s definition of sustainability, as well as the university sustainability mission and vision statements.

In fiscal year 2024, the work toward a physical Student Sustainability Hub will be re-directed toward the establishment of a Student Sustainability Committee to serve as an advisory arm for the UW Sustainability Office. Continued work of the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) will expand CSF’s role beyond grant-making to intersectional sustainability community building with students.