Wesleyan Sustainability Office

The Wesleyan Sustainability Office promotes a sustainable and environmentally just approach to Wesleyan’s relationship with its students, faculty, staff, the surrounding community, and the world. Sustainability is just that: sustaining and nurturing human and non-human life now and in the future, which relies upon not only the health of the Earth, but also upon the justice and dignity of all people. In the Wesleyan Sustainability Office, we strive to develop an intersectional understanding of the short and long-term effects of Wesleyan on people and the planet, and to take action to promote thriving, equitable, and just communities. We catalyze and advocate for programs and dialogues to create an empowered community that models individual and collective environmental and social responsibility and affects meaningful sustainable change. 

In practical terms, this means:

  • Ensuring sustainability reflects societal issues, including racism, classism, ableism, and genderism
  • Including groups that have been historically excluded from environmentalism, including students of color, indigenous students, low-income students, and first-generation students in Office hiring practices, in conversations and in decision making
  • Preparing students to become leaders in environmental justice and sustainability through a variety of educational programs and events on campus
  • Integrating sustainability and environmental justice into Wesleyan’s curriculum
  • Creating spaces such as the Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES) for communication between students, faculty, and staff
  • Eliminating Wesleyan’s carbon footprint
  • Advocating for university dining, purchasing, grounds, transportation, waste, and water use practices that are sustainable
  • Collaborating with the Middletown community to advance mutual sustainability and environmental justice
Who is a part of the Sustainability Office?  Meet our Sustainability Director, Interns and Eco Facilitators!

Want to stay in the loop? Join the Sustainability Office student listserv to learn about events, campus jobs, internship opportunities, and more.