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

Tips for Safe and Effective Cleaning During COVID-19

Tips for Safe and Effective Cleaning During COVID-19
Remaining safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to revisit all aspects of our lives, from work to travel to cleaning. To prevent the spread of the virus through surfaces, sanitation and disinfection procedures have become more meticulous and frequent, as we try our best to keep ourselves and our community safe. More intense […]

Burning Kumquat Garden Thrives While Students Away

Burning Kumquat Garden Thrives While Students Away
This story is adapted from an original post from The Source. The mission of Burning Kumquat, a student-run organic garden at Washington University in St. Louis, is “sharing the joy of freshly picked vegetables with the world.” While the “world” — with the closure of campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic — has gotten smaller, the […]