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.


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SPARKs Fly as We Welcome Class of 2026

SPARKs Fly as We Welcome Class of 2026
Though the mountain of move-in trash seemed insurmountable, WashU Green Ambassador (WUGA) co-director, Lauren Blaydon, rolled up her sleeves and got to work.   “There is something to miss about the sheer chaos of waste sorting at move-in,” said Blaydon, a junior studying biochemistry and psychology. “The mounds of cardboard, Styrofoam, and bubble wrap were discouraging […]

Recycling Water on the East End

Recycling Water on the East End
Written by WashU alum, Jarea Fang, Class of 2022. As part of our nation suffers unprecedented drought, other parts are deluged with flood waters. If we learned anything from this unpredictable summer (or generation, really), it’s that water–both in deficit and in excess–can be deadly to all.    According to National Geographic, to irrigate means to […]

New Electric Vehicles Zip around Medical Campus

New Electric Vehicles Zip around Medical Campus
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly more common on the road. You can now even find them on the School of Medicine campus! In 2022, the School of Medicine has taken big steps in transitioning to a more fuel-efficient fleet. Two Ford E-transits, which are fully electric vehicles, were added to the Operations and Facilities […]

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