Environmental Steering Committee

The Environmental Steering Committee (ESC) is a broad serving body that attempts to consider all college-wide activities through the lens of environmental sustainability. ESC members are made up of individuals (students, faculty, and staff) throughout the college who have both a genuine interest and or a stake in the college’s future with respect to issues around sustainability and environmental stewardship. Through ongoing assembly, the ESC, guided by the College’s mission; identifies, evaluates, and recommends actions that strengthen the College’s efforts and profile in regards to environmental consciousness. These efforts include college wide, community based, and international efforts.

Otis Sustainability Alliance

The Otis Sustainability Alliance, founded in 2013 by Fashion Design Chair Rosemary Brantley, brings together creative leaders from the fields of fashion, design, art, and higher education who are committed to advancing the environmental, social, educational, and economic dimensions of sustainability through our work as artists, designers, and educators. Inaugural partners were Nike, Patagonia, Disney, Eddie Bauer, Quiksilver, and Todd Oldham. In 2014, Under Armour joined the Alliance. See more about the Otis Sustainability Alliance.

Sustainability Minor

Although sustainability is embedded into the curricula of many disciplines, students who want to focus on it can pursue the Sustainability Minor, which is open to all majors. Recognizing the innovative role artists and designers can play in solving pressing challenges, this minor provides students with a broad understanding of the social, political, economic and environmental issues that impact the future of humanity and our planet. Students study and develop strategies and systems applicable to art and design that meet the needs of current generations without compromising those of future generations. Courses fulfill requirements in Creative Action and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as electives across all studio departments.