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.

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

Participate in Strategic Planning!

Participate in Strategic Planning!
Beginning in early 2021, Washington University in St. Louis launched an 18-month strategic planning process to develop a roadmap that will guide the university’s direction over the next decade. The planning process has been organized with working groups exploring nine issues that cut across any one school or department, including a working group focused on […]

A Decade in Sustainability

A Decade in Sustainability
Phil Valko is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability at WashU. He is a WashU alum, avid bicyclist, proud girl dad, and champion of sustainability efforts across WashU’s campuses and the St. Louis region. Phil just celebrated his 10 year anniversary working at WashU, so we thought we would take advantage of the opportunity to learn more […]

New Students Welcomed to WashU’s Sustainability Culture

New Students Welcomed to WashU’s Sustainability Culture
The class of 2025 is the largest and most diverse class in the history of the institution. A record 1,987 first-year students have joined our vibrant campus, and we look forward to the richness they will bring to our community. First-year students were met warmly by Washington University Student Associates (WUSA) and offered professional assistance by movers […]

Demystifying Sprinkler Usage at WashU

Demystifying Sprinkler Usage at WashU
By Jarea Fang  The grass is greener where you water it, and that is certainly true of WashU. Danforth Campus, which is known for its park-like landscape and plots of green, uses irrigation to water about two-thirds of its green space. Every year irrigation becomes a familiar sight to WashU eyes, and passersby have long learned to swerve in their […]

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