Welcome to the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability


Established in 2003, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) promotes environmental management and sustainable development on campus.  

The Committee is charged with advising the Chancellor on matters pertaining to the environment and sustainability on campus. To fulfill this obligation, CACS draws strength from its diverse composition of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

The mission of the Committee is composed of three central goals:

  • To engage the campus in an ongoing dialogue about reaching environmental sustainability

  • To integrate environmental sustainability with existing campus programs in education, research, operations, and public service

  • To instill a culture of sustainable long-range planning and forward-thinking design

CACS celebrates the campus achievements with two signature annual initiatives: Earth Month's Annual Sustainability Summit and the Annual Sustainability Awards program.

The Charter of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability can be found here.

CACS Impacts

people gardening on campusGuiding sustainability planning

CACS members and friends served as an important sounding board during the recent update to the sustainability plan Input from faculty, staff, students and community members has helped put the sustainability plan into action. 

Getting to Zero Waste

compost and recycling bins

CACS worked with various constituents and student leaders to craft a comprehensive target for eliminating all non-essential single-use plastic with viable alternatives by 2030.