Ecological Justice Initiative at CIIS

The goal of the Ecological Justice Initiative (EJI) is to investigate and implement the changes necessary to ensure that all of the University's activities are in line with commitment #5 of the CIIS Mission Statement - Advocate Sustainability & Social Justice - which states that: CIIS is committed to exploring and promoting knowledge and practices that affirm human solidarity with the entire Earth community. Recognizing that business as usual threatens the integrity of life itself on a planetary scale and perpetuates structures of oppression on a large portion of the human population, CIIS strives to generate creative alternatives leading to a just and flourishing world.

The CIIS community acknowledges that ecological citizenship is an ongoing process. As of the start of the Fall 2015 semester, an EJI committee is in the process of formation and will commit to growing its base of dedicated faculty, staff, and students by encouraging the larger CIIS community to join the effort to align CIIS with sustainable and equitable ecological policy.

May 2-June 3, 2016: Adopt A Light Campaign at CIIS Mission St. Campus


Eco-Friendly Cafe

A socially responsible and environmentally friendly business operating inside CIIS. The CIIS Cafe manager is Tyla Jones. Visit the Cafe's webpage

  • Serves local, organic, and vegan foods
  • Emphasizes fair-trade and socially responsible products
  • Features Ayurvedic vegan Indian curries, daal, and more
  • Open Monday through Friday from 8 am.– 8 pm; varying weekend hours
  • Cafe Soy Milk is non-GMO with beans grown within North America. The Almonds for the milk are grown in Sacramento.
  • All cafe plates and flatware are compostable. Every item that the cafe prepares and serve can be put directly into the composting bin. 
  • The cafe offers discounts to those who bring their own cup or plate.
  • The cafe offers cold water in bottles made of compostable materials, but encourage the use of filtered water fountain that has a bottle spout for your reusable bottles.

CIIS Staff and Faculty were surveyed in March of 2016 about their commute to CIIS. In comparison to the rest of San Francisco, and especially the rest of the United States, our staff/faculty community is using public transportation at far higher rates. 

Pie Chart displaying Ecological Justice Survey Results

San Francisco commute statistics

SF Bike Coalition

Biking is an easy and efficient way to reach CIIS. Learn more.


United Nations Greening Universities Toolkit
Draft of CIIS's Ecological Justice Strategic Plan
Natural Resources Defense Council
San Francisco Department of the Environment
City CarShare

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