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

Welcome to WashU! We are a community committed to addressing climate change and improving global public health. Here’s how you can start making 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

Midwest Climate Summit Kicks Off October 2

Midwest Climate Summit Kicks Off October 2
If the 12 states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas-emitting nation on the planet. On average, Midwest states lag behind the rest of the country on energy efficiency, de-carbonization of the electric sector, transportation electrification and green building. At the same time, the Midwest is home to […]

University Reaches Major Sustainable Building Milestone

University Reaches Major Sustainable Building Milestone
East end project buildings, January Hall awarded LEED Platinum recognition. Five buildings on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest green building certification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. The five LEED Platinum certifications — all issued at the same time — are […]

Alumni Series: Deia Schlosberg, Filmmaker

Alumni Series: Deia Schlosberg, Filmmaker
Director and producer of the 2019 documentary The Story of Plastic, Deia Schlosberg is an educator, activist, and journalist who graduated from WashU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Visual Communications. Then, after a two-year off-road, 7800-miles trek in the […]

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