Soka University of America Environmental Mission Statement & Principles
“To foster leaders for the creative coexistence of nature and humanity” and to value the sanctity of life are founding principles of Soka University of America. We accomplish this mission by demonstrating leadership in environmental teaching and research, sustainable use of natural resources, and the operation of a healthy workplace.
Our commitment is realized through the institutionalization of sustainable practices in all areas of campus operations, including teaching and research, administration, operations and maintenance, and new construction. In our efforts to accomplish our environmental mission, we engage administration, faculty members, and students, utilize specific measures of success, and communicate our accomplishments. Soka is committed to demonstrating its leadership in the environment area by integrating sustainability into its educational mission to better serve the students and meet its social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical, and civil society. Soka aims to provide students with the tools needed to address the critical and systemic challenges faced by the world in this new century and enable them to benefit from the economic opportunities that will arise as a result of solutions they develop.
Soka University of America Environmental Policy Statement
Soka University of America will:
1. Integrate sustainability within the university’s operations and campus.
2. Develop a comprehensive plan to attain climate neutrality.
3. Maintain its environmental leadership by following recognized third-party standards.
4. Require all new campus construction to be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or the equivalent.
5. Develop policies and programs to reduce and manage hazardous and polluting materials generated by university activities.
6. Practice water conservation and manage runoff and stormwater pollution.
7. Make its environmental policies, plans and progress reports publicly available.
8. Participate in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
9. Meet or exceed all federal, state, and local safety and environmental laws.