Approved by the Academy's board of directors in 2008
Sustainability is often defined as meeting current human needs without endangering our descendants. There is a broad, scientific consensus that our current environmental demands are unsustainable, causing climate change, degradation of natural habitats, loss of species, and shortages of essential resources.
The California Academy of Sciences' mission to explore, explain, and sustain life compels the Academy to engage in scientific research relevant to sustainability, to raise public awareness about these urgent problems, and to minimize its own environmental impact.
The Academy's green building signifies its commitment to sustainability. The culture and internal practices mirror that commitment in the areas of energy, water, waste management, transportation, purchasing and food. Academy programs highlight the living world and its connection to the changing global environment. Academy research focuses on the origins and maintenance of life's diversity, and its expeditions roam the world, gathering scientific data to answer the questions, "How has life evolved, and how can it be sustained?"