About the CSU's Commitment to Sustainability
FACTS AT A GLANCE
The California State University's strategic plan, Access to Excellence, anticipates the needs of the state and strives to best position the institution to meet those needs. Principles and core values identified in the plan help frame broad strategic goals for setting University priorities. The plan recognizes the important role of CSU in producing civic, political, and social-as well as economic-outcomes, fostering community engagement and global awareness, that equips students to be successful in society and in the workforce.
Accordingly the CSU's mission includes promoting "an understanding and appreciation of the peoples, natural environment, cultures, economies, and diversity of the world." It is in this context that the board's sustainability policy be broadened to include sustainability into the academic curriculum and all areas of the university.
It is envisioned that through teaching, research, and service learning, we provide graduates who are global leaders and are educated, technically capable, and inspired to transform their future employers, industries, businesses and communities. In doing so, the CSU employs sustainability principles in campus administration and operations to use campuses as living laboratories to develop, test, and implement new technologies and model practices which also enhance the quality and richness of teaching, learning, and research.