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About the Office

The Office of Sustainability is a hub for sustainability and sustainable development with a focus on applied research, experiential learning, operational management, and public engagement on campus and in the greater Charleston community. Organizationally, the Office of Sustainability is located within Business Affairs, which gives it a high profile on campus and in the community, where it can be accessed by, and have influence on, all members of our campus community. This represents an exciting step forward for the College of Charleston, and signals a new chapter in our esteemed history. We hope you join us in establishing the vision, cultivating ideas, and strategically implementing those ideas and vision toward a Sustainable CofC.

When drafting the College’s Sustainability Mission Statement, we looked closely at the official College of Charleston Mission Statement. As an office within this institution, it was important to complement and support the overall mission of the College while instilling a productive, balanced role for sustainability at the College.

Mission Statement

Sustainability Mission Statement:

"To generate and apply knowledge through holistic praxis to create sustainable solutions that transform society by rethinking, redesigning, and restoring integrated systems." 

College of Charleston’s Mission Statement:

  "The College of Charleston is a state-supported comprehensive institution providing a high-quality education in the arts and sciences, education and business. The faculty is an important source of knowledge and expertise for the community, state and nation.
Consistent with its heritage since its founding in 1770, the College retains a strong liberal arts undergraduate curriculum. Located in the heart of historic Charleston, it strives to meet the growing educational demands primarily of the Lowcountry and the state and, secondarily, of the Southeast. A superior undergraduate program is central to the mission of the College of Charleston. As a prominent component of the state’s higher education system, the College encourages and supports research.
In addition to offering a broad range of baccalaureate degree programs, the College incorporates the University of Charleston, South Carolina (UCSC), established by state statute in 1992, which serves as a research institution where the graduate and research programs associated with the College are housed. UCSC provides master’s degree programs and anticipates offering a limited number of doctoral degrees should location and need warrant. The College also provides an extensive credit and non-credit continuing education program and cultural activities for residents of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
The College of Charleston seeks applicants capable of successfully completing degree requirements and pays particular attention to identifying and admitting students who excel academically. The College of Charleston serves a diverse student body from its geographic area and also attracts students from national and international communities. The College provides students a community in which to engage in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. This community, founded on the principles of the liberal arts tradition, provides students the opportunity to realize their intellectual and personal potential and to become responsible, productive members of society."

As a hub for operational management, applied research, public engagement and experiential learning around sustainability, we recognize our mission as generating new knowledge; but more importantly as engaging through principled praxis in the application of that knowledge to empower individuals and enrich society in a socially transformative manner. The Office of Sustainability strives to provide opportunities for the College of Charleston community to apply their acquired knowledge towards the development of sustainable, multi-scale solutions.