Chapman University is committed to a campus culture that promotes a sustainable future. This commitment is instrumental to Chapman’s mission to educate ethical and informed global citizens. As such, it calls upon all constituencies of the University to carefully evaluate short- and long-term social, economic, and environmental impacts of decisions before acting. The University demonstrates this commitment through sustainable practices in strategic planning and ongoing operations as well as sustainability-focused educational programs, research, and community engagement.
-Chapman University Sustainability Policy, enacted in Fall 2014
Chapman was awarded the honor of 2014 Most Sustainable School in Orange County by the U.S. Green Building Council. The USGBC is an organization dedicated to spreading its vision of a more sustainable future. It provides LEED certification to hundreds of buildings across America every year, promotes education on green buildings, advocates to policymakers for more sustainable government measures, and much more. Learn about the USGBC here.
In 2011 the University hired its first Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager as a part of the Facilities Management Department to enhance, support, and promote existing efforts on campus. The areas of sustainability described below are just a few of these efforts as they've been implemented at Chapman.