Vision & Goals

Vision & Goals

Sustainability is central to the university's goals of integrative learning, inclusive excellence and community connections.

Integrative Learning

Sustainability is an interdisciplinary issue that requires knowledge from all majors and colleges to teach students about ecological, economic and social justice aspects of environmental change. Integrated curricula on sustainability requires students to apply knowledge across disciplines to real-world problems and connect coursework with co-curricular experiences.

Inclusive Excellence

Sustainability literacy is an essential part of preparing educated citizens who will be better able to deal with the complex problems, such as global climate change and species extinction, that face us today. Sustainability literacy is a crucial to ensuring our graduates are prepared for the Green Economy. Sustainability is the nexus of environmental responsibility, economic viability, and social justice.

Community Connections

Sustainability is part of our commitment to sustainable communities through curricular and co-curricular actives in support of environmental health in surrounding communities of surrounding communities. SJSU's sustainability efforts assist in meeting regional needs for green workforce development and strengthening community partnerships with government agencies, local businesses, and the non-profit sector.

Sustainability Goals

For SJSU to be recognized as a regional leader in sustainability expertise, sustainability must be explicitly incorporated into university goals and initiatives such as Globalization, STEM education, and Innovation. Four specific goals are essential to improving SJSU's overall sustainability:

  • Sustainability Literacy: Ensure our graduates are sustainability literate and have the capacity to engage in actions that enhance sustainability at local and global levels.
  • Green Careers: Prepare interested students for fulfilling careers in the (regional and national) green economy.
  • Facilities Development & Operations: Minimize our eco-footprint and use of non-renewable resources.
  • Employee Stewardship: Commit to care and practice of university's sustainability principles and empower our campus community to lead as a responsible steward in achieving social, economic and environmental quality.

These four goals demonstrate the importance of educating the campus and community on the full spectrum of Sustainability as Environment, Economics, and social Equity.