Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations. As a liberal arts intensive institution, Oxford College includes all environmental, social, and economic aspects in this definition of sustainability. The sustainability theme aims to facilitate the discovery and exploration of sustainability by making interdisciplinary connections between the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences that would more fully engage the mind and the body.

The sustainability theme includes both curricular and co-curricular components of campus life.