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Office of Climate Action
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Culture of Sustainability

Our Goal

Build a culture of sustainability that integrates climate action into academics, life, and policy across campus, embodies the core values expressed in the climate action plan, and is inclusive of all students, faculty, and staff. 

How We Will Reach Our Goal

A culture of sustainability will look differently on each of Rutgers’ campuses. To leverage their unique strengths and overcome unit-specific challenges, Rutgers Camden, New Brunswick, Newark and RBHS each have a Climate Action Group focused on fostering its culture of sustainability in partnership with our office.

Accordion Content

    • Facilitating integration of existing Rutgers programs that are focused on climate change, social equity, and economic development 
    • Creating an easy entry point for students seeking to participate in research and engagement opportunities related to the goals of the Climate Action Plan 

    • Developing and implementing courses or course modules that use the university or the state as living labs for climate actions 

    • Organizing activities that engage students in University and State climate action. 

    • Encouraging the adoption of suitable promotion and tenure criteria, facilitating use-inspired, publicly engaged interdisciplinary climate scholarship that addresses the climate-related needs of the university and the state 

    • Promoting cross-university cluster hires of (1) teaching faculty focused on linking teaching and university/state climate action and (2) tenure-track faculty focused on publicly engaged climate scholarship that integrates with university/state climate action 

    • Amplifying, connecting, and expanding existing interdisciplinary research, teaching and engagement efforts related to climate change, particularly with social equity and economic development lenses.