Massachusetts College of Art and Design is committed to leadership in designing solutions to one of the defining social, economic, and ecological challenges of the twenty-first century: global warming.

The college has already taken several steps toward sustainability: installing plants on the roof of the Tower building to reduce the energy required to heat and cool the floor below, changing water fixtures to consume less water, and switching from fuel oil to biofuel comprising diesel and a 10 percent soy mix.

In the classroom, faculty are incorporating sustainability into the curriculum through projects such as designing new uses for recycled water bottles, designing a sustainable sculpture for the campus, or developing illustrations for a family-friendly magazine focused on the environment.

As evidence of the college's dedication to environmental stewardship, President Kay Sloan was among the first to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.