To alert people to the state of global and local environments and opportunities for action by advocating, demonstrating and inspiring environmentally sustainable activities and ways of thinking.
To nurture and encourage a deep respect for Earth and the community of life in all its diversity, and a greater understanding of Earth’s dynamic physical, biological and social processes.
To demonstrate and encourage a commitment to social and economic justice, equity, and respect for cultural diversity.
To serve as a university-wide center for innovative thinking and interdisciplinary learning on the environment, complementing the strengths of disciplinary units across campus and working collaboratively with them to build an interactive network of faculty, staff and students committed to environmental education, research and action.
To provide students with an intellectual learning environment that fosters creative and independent thinking, mature self-reflection, integrative scholarship and collaboration, through classes, fieldwork, research and internships.
To provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be active, effective, and responsible citizens of the social and natural communities whose future they will help shape.