Vision

At the University of California, Santa Barbara, we envision a future where we have little to no impact on the environment, and everyone is engaged in sustainability. We are committed to fostering a culture of sustainability through campus-wide sustainability efforts, program development, and promulgating the sustainability work of staff, faculty, and students – our greatest renewable resource. UCSB strives to capitalize on our position as an institution of higher education to ensure that all students understand the interconnectedness of environmental, economic, and social systems and to communicate that we each have a role to play in sustainability.

More specifically, we aim to research, create, and implement solutions for a more sustainable future. We want all students graduating from UCSB to be motivated to integrate sustainability into their future professions, embedding sustainability throughout the workforce. We envision that all members of our campus community will have access to healthy foods and lifestyles and will be able to meet their needs today and in the future with minimal impact on the needs of others. Finally, UC Santa Barbara continues to seek to do business with companies that are integrating sustainability into their strategic planning and operations, as well as assisting their workers in meeting their own needs.

Thus, we believe that building sustainable partnerships will result in a stronger local economy. In order to achieve this vision, UC Santa Barbara continues to prioritize and monitor the implementation and progress of its sustainability initiatives. We encourage and coordinate the efforts of our faculty, staff, and students who are the front line of positive change by taking action today for a better tomorrow. By working with all sectors of the campus community, we look forward to helping UCSB maintain its leadership and attain its shared vision of a sustainable future.

Mission

The University of California, Santa Barbara is committed to global leadership for sustainability through education, research, and action.  The concept of “sustainability” can be used in many ways, but UCSB Sustainability defines it as: meeting the needs of the present generation, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.