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.

Community Supported Agriculture

CSA programs provide a convenient and affordable way for community members to access fresh, healthy and seasonal food while supporting and connecting with local farmers.

SPARK Program

The SPARK Sustainability Leadership Training Program takes place the week before the start of the Fall semester. Students engage in various trainings and outings, including an overnight retreat.

Share Our Stuff

Share Our Stuff (SOS) is WashU’s annual move-out collection drive. Students are able to donate their unwanted items in a manner that benefits our community and keeps usable goods out of the landfill.


Move-out Collections Promote Circularity at WashU 

Move-out Collections Promote Circularity at WashU 
Written by Office of Sustainability Student Associate, Anna Haudrich, Class of 2023. This past month, hordes of WashU students excitedly gathered in the Share Our Stuff (SOS) warehouse for a sustainable shopping spree. While the temperatures were high, the affordable furniture and other items seemed to be selling just as hot.   As many students […]

WashU Branded SWAG Exchange

WashU Branded SWAG Exchange
WashU departments and student groups are encouraged to share surplus WashU-branded giveaways (“SWAG”). Events and outreach campaigns often end up with extra stuff – sometimes boxes and sometimes just a handful. No one likes to throw away brand new items, so these are often stuffed into closets to gather dust. Circulate your extra SWAG to […]

Groundbreaking Commencement Showcases St. Louis & Sustainability

Groundbreaking Commencement Showcases St. Louis & Sustainability
There was nothing but smiles on the morning of May 20, 2022: graduates posed for photos in front of the giant “2022” blocks, families clutched floral bouquets for their graduates, and a man in a bowler hat walked around campus on stilts. Yes, stilts! We’ll get to that in a moment.  Washington University in St. […]