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.

Energy & Emissions
Energy & Emissions

Since 1990, energy use on the Danforth and Medical campuses has remained flat despite the square footage nearly doubling.

Move Out Donations

This year’s move-out donation drive is adapting to accommodate safety guidelines and a unique move-out situation.

WashU Green Ambassadors
WashU Green Ambassadors

WUGAs train first year students to sustainability, through engagement and waste diversion  during Move-In day, orientation week and beyond!


STL Agencies Accepting Donations

Prior to students moving out of their St. Louis housing as the academic year came to an unusual close, we surveyed local non-profit agencies to see who was accepting donations and to learn more about what they needed. As a result of the health and economic burdens created by the COVID-19 pandemic, these agencies are […]

Periods are a Pain, but less so with Reusable Products

Periods are a Pain, but less so with Reusable Products
For about half the human population, menstruation is, or has been, a monthly part of life. But for many, adequate period management is still beyond reach. Unicef reports that 2.3 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation services, like clean running water and soap, which are essential to keep healthy while on […]