SSU Sustainability Committee


The mission of the Soka Student Union (SSU) Sustainability Committee is to materialize the university’s noble principle of “[fostering] leaders for the creative coexistence of nature and humanity” through initiating activities and developing policies that instill a culture of resilience and regeneration in the Soka community. Every year a group of 2-4 undergraduate students who are passionate about campus sustainability is selected as chairs of the SSU sustainability committee. These students usually dedicate 7-10 hours per week voluntarily researching, planning, and discussing several aspects of campus sustainability among the committee members and the student body. Meanwhile, committee members also work closely with faculty and administration to plan, propose, and develop future sustainability goals for the university. The committee meets with SUA’s university sustainability committee 2-3 times a semester, and this meeting allows student committee members to present their suggestions, ideas, and research findings regarding sustainability improvement on campus.

 The SSU sustainability committee has played an instrumental role since its inception in improving the sustainability on campus. Some of the major achievements of the SSU sustainability committee throughout the years include:

Some achievements of the Sustainability Committee throughout the years have been:

  • Research for Soka University of America (SUA)'s s first Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report

  • Annual Residential Life Energy Challenge

  • Outreach Activities with Friends of Los Angeles river

  • Sustainability Information Fair

  • Sustainability Forum

  • Tupper Ware Campaign

  • Sustainability-related Film Screenings

  • Staircase Painting Initiative

  • Campus and Coastal Cleanups

  • Improved Recycling Program

  • Food Waste Separation Initiative

  • Navy Shower Campaign

  • Replacement of Paper Dryers with Hand Dryers

  • Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee and Tea Initiative

  • Built Collaboration with Transition Aliso Viejo

  • SUA’s First Native Plant Garden and Outdoor Classroom Space

  • Eco-Wing Themed Housing at Residential Life

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