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. WashU’s CSA program is managed by HOSCO.

Green Guide for Students

This sustainability guide for new students is an excellent way for all students to equip themselves with the tools they need to live sustainably on campus. Learn about dining, waste, transportation, student groups and much more!

Circularity Center

Visit WashU’s Circularity Center, a space on North Campus that supports the university’s reuse programs. Reuse programs housed at the center include Share Our Stuff, WashU’s annual move-out collection and Fall move in sales; WashUReuse online platform; and Office Supply Exchange.


Students Receive Sustainable Welcome by SPARK Cohort

Students Receive Sustainable Welcome by SPARK Cohort
There is always a buzz of excitement before Fall Welcome with staff ensuring that everything on campus is just so before welcoming in a new group of students who will spend their most formative years here at WashU.  The Office of Sustainability (OOS) hosted a group of twenty-one upperclassmen (and a law student!) as part […]

WashU School of Medicine Sustainability Plan Midterm Report

WashU School of Medicine Sustainability Plan Midterm Report
In 2018, the WashU School of Medicine Operations and Facilities Management Department published its first Sustainable Operations Strategic Plan for 2018 – 2025. This document was built upon the Office of Sustainability’s institution wide plan that was published in 2015, but shines light on programs and plans that are specific to the School of Medicine.    Now […]

Commencement Celebration Maintains Sustainability Momentum 

Commencement Celebration Maintains Sustainability Momentum 
“The energy in the air and happiness was palpable, stretching throughout the entirety of the Danforth Campus,” senior director of Commencement and Convocation, Michelle Gelven, reflected on WashU’s 162nd Commencement. The day was memorable for a number of exciting reasons. Esteemed guests addressed the graduating classes: Emmy Award-winning actor and St. Louis native, Sterling K. […]


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