Mission, Vision & Commitment

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The Sustainability Office at UW Bothell serves to facilitate the realization of the campus sustainability vision by promoting sustainability on campus and throughout the surrounding community, connecting facilities staff, students, and other stakeholders to the resources they need to implement sustainability solutions, and engaging students and the greater community to the sustainability activities taking place on campus and beyond.

In addition, the Sustainability Office is a central hub for campus sustainability initiatives and serves as an education and information resource for all matters relating to sustainability in the university and surrounding communities.


UW Bothell will have a distinctive reputation for sustainability, both regionally and nationally. This reputation will be based on a synergistic combination of a unique campus-wide culture of sustainability along with significant, distinctive, tangible accomplishments in environmental stewardship, research, curriculum, student life, and university-community partnerships. Our culture, accomplishments, and reputation will generate excitement and create opportunities that will attract students, faculty, staff, external funding and community partners.

UW Bothell will be a critical node in local, regional, and national networks of individuals and organizations that are seeking to create and disseminate knowledge about best practices. Our contribution to these networks will be through discovery, convening, addressing tough problems, and aiding in implementing solutions.


Climate Leadership Network

The University of Washington is a founding signature to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), and is committed to developing an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral. In January 2009, a Climate Action Planning Oversight Team formed to coordinate the drafting of a climate action plan, coordinated through the University of Washington Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. Teams of faculty, students, administrative leaders and staff across all three campuses worked together to develop the UW plan, which was submitted to ACUPCC on September 12, 2009.  

UW Climate Action Plan

UW Bothell adopts the vision, goals, and strategies of the University of Washington Climate Action Plan. The UW Climate Action Plan asserts that UW will reduce GHG emissions to meet or exceed goals passed by the Washington State Legislature in April of 2009, requiring Washington State agencies to reduce emissions 15% below 2005 levels by 2020, and 36% below 2005 levels by 2035. Climate neutrality is not specified in the state mandate, but UW is hoping to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

To read the specific actions and strategies UW is undertaking to work towards climate neutrality, read the UW Climate Action Plan and progress reports here:

UW Bothell 21st Century Initiative

The 21st Century Campus Initiative is the UW Bothell Priorities plan for the period of 2008-2020. This document outlines seven priorities to increase the opportunities for students to attain the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will prepare them for leadership roles throughout the state and beyond. The campus’s commitment to sustainability was formally adopted when Sustainability was identified as one of seven key priorities of the UW Bothell Campus in the 21st Century Campus Initiative. UW Bothell’s 21st Century Campus Initiative aspirations for sustainability include the following aims:

  • Gain national distinction for leadership, scholarship and teaching in sustainability issues.
  • Promote community partnerships in sustainability activities, including collaboration with Cascadia Community College and UW Seattle.
  • Build on interdisciplinary and cross-programmatic studies and research in environmental and human sustainability
  • Value the development of sustainability and healthy human communities.
  • Promote a green campus, with the wetlands as a centerpiece, to embody sustainability and serve as a research and teaching laboratory.
  • Develop into a low-impact campus through careful materials and energy stewardship.
  • Read more about the 21st Century Campus Initiative