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.

Green Cup

An annual friendly competition pitting residential colleges against each other to show who can get the most points across various categories, including energy consumption, events participation, and sustainable actions.

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.


April is Active Transportation Month

April is Active Transportation Month
April is the first of two Active Transportation Months (ATM) at Washington University. The goal of ATM is to motivate staff, faculty and students to kick the car habit and try active, low-carbon means of transportation. If you cannot imagine going car-free, consider carpooling or budgeting time to try transit one or two days during the […]

Green Cup 2023 Results

Green Cup 2023 Results
Written by student associate, Samm Kaiser, Class of 2023 On February 23rd, WashU wrapped up the twelfth annual Green Cup competition and the competition was fierce! Every spring, all on-campus residential colleges compete in Green Cup, earning points for energy reduction, attending sustainability-themed events, completing campus EcoChallenge tasks, and more! This was the first year […]

What a Pandemic Taught Us about Commuting

What a Pandemic Taught Us about Commuting
Written by student associate, Kyla Fung, Class of 2026 For many, one of the most drastic changes brought upon day-to-day life by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the shift to working (or schooling!) from home. For busy students and workers, this shift has also been accompanied by the loss of their daily commute, which has […]



Earth Week 2023

From March 27, 2023 at 12:00 am to April 4, 2023 at 12:00 am