As a Jesuit and Catholic University, we have the responsibility to provide leadership in developing a more sustainable way of living. As an urban University committed to educating minds and hearts to change the world, the University of San Francisco has the additional responsibility to draw on its location in one of the most environmentally innovative urban areas in the world in order to set new standards for sustainability in higher education. These include sustainable university operations, sustainability training and education across the curriculum, and serving as a partner in sustainability with our campus neighbors, the city of San Francisco, and the global community.
By embracing sustainability, the University furthers its efforts to distinguish itself as a diverse, socially responsible learning community of high quality scholarship and academic rigor sustained by a faith that does justice. The University’s commitment to sustainability is rooted in a number of its core values, which include a belief in and a commitment to advancing:
- social responsibility in fulfilling the University’s mission to create, communicate and apply knowledge to a world shared by all people and held in trust for future generations;
- the moral dimension of every significant human choice: taking seriously how and who we choose to be in the world;
- the full, integral development of each person and all persons, with the belief that no individual or group may rightfully prosper at the expense of others;
- a culture of service that respects and promotes the dignity of every person.
USF affirms its commitment to becoming a more sustainable University through its operations, by shaping the leaders of a more sustainable and just world for the future, and by building partnerships locally and globally that can help transfer a culture of sustainability beyond the campus.