Scripps College is committed to conducting its activities in a manner that is sensitive to the environment. As an educational institution, we support efforts to review our day-to-day operations in order to introduce “best practices” in this field. For new construction and renovations, we will use the best designs available that meet building code approved energy efficiency standards. These standards, together with water conservation, recycling, and the use of renewable resources, are embraced by the term “sustainability.”
Sustainability is also a social and political movement with myriad organizations seeking financial support, endorsements, and commitments for a variety of actions. Scripps College’s first duty is to its own mission: “to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.” As a not-for-profit organization, it is chartered for a specific charitable purpose, the education of women. Scripps recognizes that it lacks the power to impose standards of conduct on society as a whole and has neither the charge nor the mandate to set social, political, or economic priorities.