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 heavily in cutting down our carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices on campus.

What you can do

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

Midwest Climate Summit

The Think Tank consists of a series of online events, taking place this fall! Register for free and learn from dozens of high profile speakers.

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

Position Opens at the Office of Sustainability

Position Opens at the Office of Sustainability
The team of sustainability professionals at WashU is comprised of seven full-time employees. Phil Valko has been the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability since 2011 and Cassie Hage was promoted Assistant Director in 2019 but has been on the team since 2015. All joining in 2017, Michelle Patterson is the Office’s Business Manager and Internship […]

Vanpooling: An Inspiring Commuter Story

Vanpooling: An Inspiring Commuter Story
Donna Krekel, Senior Research Administrator in the department of Otolaryngology, and Gary De Wet, Technical Support Specialist at the Office of WUSM Chief Information Officer, have been vanpooling to and from the WashU School of Medicine campus every day of the week for over 20 years. Their vanpool party, which has been running since 1999, […]

New Resource Provides Options for Sustainable and Ethical Coffee

New Resource Provides Options for Sustainable and Ethical Coffee
Coffee is a luxury good, yet the average person living in the United States drinks around two cups a day. In 2010, 5,600 paper cups were disposed of every day at WashU, most of which were coffee cups. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the carbon footprint of drinking […]

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