Mission, Vision & Commitment

Mission, Vision, & Commitment

The Sustainability Office at UW Bothell works to advance the campus sustainability vision. We do this by:

  • Promoting sustainability on campus and throughout the community.
  • Connecting students, staff, faculty, and other stakeholders to the resources needed to implement sustainability solutions
  • Engaging students and the campus community in sustainability activities taking place on campus and in our surrounding community.

The Sustainability Office acts as a central hub for campus sustainability initiatives and connects people to resources that drive sustainability solutions and projects, while engaging the community in programs and activities. 


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

UW Bothell will have a reputation for a sustainable culture, practices, and accomplishments; this distinction and efforts will snowball into public and campus benefit. 

UW Bothell will be a keystone part of local, regional, and national networks of individuals and organizations seeking to share knowledge about best practices. We will contribute to these networks through discovery and collaboration, while addressing tough problems, and aiding in implementing solutions.


The University of Washington has made a foundational commitment to sustainability through many channels, including the UW Climate Action Plan, UW Bothell's Sustainability Action Plan, and a founding signature on the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). 

UWB Sustainability in Action

Climate Leadership Network

The University of Washington was a founding signature on 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 adopted 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 these 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 plan outlining UW Bothell focus areas 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 after their time here. The campus’s commitment to sustainability was solidified when sustainability was identified as one of seven key priorities of this 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 wetland 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

Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability (CACES)

In 2012, the University of Washington Bothell Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability (CACES) was established as an advisory body to coordinate and guide progress in fulfilling the commitment to environmental sustainability, identified as a priority through the UW Bothell’s strategic planning processes. The committee advises the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors, and reports annually to the campus.

CACES works to promote and facilitate the cooperative efforts of our community members, including faculty, students and staff, to educate, develop values, share knowledge, recommend policies, and implement practices that are sustainable. CACES is an inter-departmental and interdisciplinary group of staff, faculty, and students on campus interested in working together to advance sustainability on campus and beyond. Student groups and other campus community members are invited to propose sustainability-related ideas, research, and initiatives to CACES that they would like to see implemented on campus, as well as attend CACES meetings to get updates on the state of campus sustainability.

Committee Members

  • Tony Guerrero, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Services (Co-chair)
  • Rob Turner, Assistant Professor, School of IAS (Co-chair)
  • Daniele Raymond, Parking Enforcement Officer, Commuter Services
  • Heather Galindo, Associate Teaching Professor, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Rachel Luter, Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Services
  • Lily Cason, Environmental Education & Research Center Representative, Community Based Learning & Research
  • Rita Johnson, Administrator, School of Nursing & Health Studies 
  • Ryan McIrvin, Government and Community Relations Representative, Planning & Administration 
  • Stephan Classen, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, Cascadia College
  • Tyson Kemper, Building & Grounds Supervisor, Facilities Services

Please reach out to uwbsust@uw.edu if you are interested in helping us advise the Chancellor on current and future sustainability projects on campus