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!



News

Thank You, #WashU20

Thank You, #WashU20
This year's Postcards of Appreciation released by Public Affairs to express WashU's gratitude to the Class of 2020 include many students with whom we had the chance to work with! To Natia, Jacob, Scott, Tessa, and the MANY others from the Class of 2020 who contributed to sustainability efforts at WashU, in the St. Louis […]

What we’re Reading on Racial Justice and the Environment

What we’re Reading on Racial Justice and the Environment
The global mobilization for Black lives and racial justice that we are experiencing today brings us to take a close look at how our disciplines have been perpetuating white supremacy and racism. We are challenged to take every action possible to dismantle these mechanisms, and to ensure that the work we do deliberately and simultaneously […]