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.

Green Cup

Every Spring semester, WashU’s ResColleges face off in the annual Green Cup competition, a fun way for students living on campus to compete by engaging in a number of sustainable and energy efficient actions over the course of three weeks.

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.

Circularity Center

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


How to Handle Hard-to-Recycle Materials

How to Handle Hard-to-Recycle Materials
Below you will find a collection of resources to help you navigate places in St. Louis that take specific types of materials for reuse, repurposing, or in some cases, recycling. What to do with university-owned “stuff” Before you get too far along, please note that there are specific ways to manage materials that are generated […]

New Summer Internship Program

New Summer Internship Program
In 2024, the Office of Sustainability is piloting a new version of its popular summer internship program that will place students with campus partners to give them a deeper understanding of campus operations and real-world experience. Spend your summer in St. Louis doing a deep-dive in sustainable operations with one of the numerous Office of […]

Sustainability at WashU School of Medicine Mallinckrodt Institute for Radiology

Sustainability at WashU School of Medicine Mallinckrodt Institute for Radiology
It is no secret that healthcare has a massive impact on the environment. In fact, if global healthcare services were a country, they would amount to the fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. As the effects of climate change on public health and infrastructure are increasing, the need for specialized sustainability practices within the healthcare sector […]


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