Washington University in St. Louis is fully committed to being a national leader in sustainability, a core priority that runs through all aspects of our community, our operations, and our work as a leading teaching and research institution. Explore how we are addressing climate change and environmental degradation.

What we’re doing

We’ve invested in significantly reducing our carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices on our campuses and beyond.

What you can do

From joining an organization to changing everyday behaviors, you can join WashU in protecting environmental and public health.

Guide for New Students

Becoming a part of WashU means joining a community committed to addressing climate change and improving global public health. Learn how you can make an impact.

Zero Waste Dining

A compilation of programs that enable low impact dining, including reusable to-go containers “eco2go”, the distribution of free utensil sets, and more.

Tour campus virtually

Discover dozens of locations showcasing WashU’s efforts to more its historic campuses truly sustainable through these interactive Sustainability Tours.


News

Active Commuter Hub Re-opens!

Active Commuter Hub Re-opens!
The Active Commuter Hub is a campus amenity available to WashU community members. The Hub had been opened initially for only a few short months before being closed due to COVID. The Hub is located in the basement level of Schnuck Pavilion and features daily cubbies that are openly available and four shower rooms and […]

Med Students Making Moves in Sustainability

Med Students Making Moves in Sustainability
One of the key phrases that continuously circles through the Office of Sustainability is waste reduction. Students across WashU’s campuses are advocating for the university community to reduce waste wherever possible. The WashU School of Medicine’s (WUSM) Sustainability Group is especially concerned about waste reduction, considering their chosen field is notoriously one of the more wasteful industries in the nation.   […]

U.S. Declares 23 Native Species Extinct

U.S. Declares 23 Native Species Extinct
By Julianne Aronson, Talia Ogliore, Angela Yokley The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced on Sept. 29 that 23 species endemic to the United States are now extinct. Among this declaration are eight freshwater mussels, eleven birds, one bat, two species of freshwater fishes, and one flowering plant.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s proposal for […]

Events

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Oct

Ever Green Dining Challenge

From October 1, 2021 at 12:00 am to October 31, 2021 at 12:00 am
Bear’s Den, 6614 Shepley Dr., Clayton, MO 63105
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Oct

October Bike Tune-Ups

From October 19, 2021 at 11:00 am to October 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Edison Courtyard outside of DUC