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.


WashU Receives AASHE STARS Gold Accreditation

WashU Receives AASHE STARS Gold Accreditation
Washington University in St. Louis has been awarded Gold status accreditation from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), renewing certification at the same level as its last certification in 2018, though on a more rigorous version of the reporting tool. STARS is a reporting framework developed by AASHE, the leading […]

Meet Two New StEP Businesses with a Sustainability Lens

Meet Two New StEP Businesses with a Sustainability Lens
Written by Office of Sustainability student associate, Melena Braggs, Class of 2025. As companies at many scales are discovering, a key factor for success hinges on building environmental and social considerations into the core mission of the company. Using social and environmental “sustainability” as a framework allows businesses to make decisions in a way that […]

Green Carpet Awards Recognizes Leaders

Green Carpet Awards Recognizes Leaders
Written by Green Office student associates Julia Borcher, Class of 2025, and Elizabeth Sklaire, Class of 2024. On Thursday, October 27th, the Office Of Sustainability celebrated the 5th Annual Green Carpet Awards–the first time since 2019. Office of Sustainability staff were graciously joined by Dr. Shantay Bolton, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and Chief Administrative […]