Washington University in St. Louis is committed to action on sustainability, a core priority that runs through all aspects of our campus community, our operations, and our work as a leading research and teaching institution.

Highlighted below are the key initiatives, departments, and research centers that comprise WashU’s institutional sustainability efforts.

Office of Sustainability


The Office of Sustainability CrestThe OOS is the steward of sustainable operations on the WashU campus. Find out about who we are and what we do.

Himadri Pakrasi of ICARES holds a beaker to the light. He researches cyanobacteria.


The International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) encourages and coordinates institutional, regional and international research on the development and production of biofuels from plant and microbial systems, and the exploration of sustainable alternative energy and environmental systems and practices.


The McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP) is a consortium of 28 universities and corporate partners working together in energy, environmental and sustainability research, education, and operations.

Tyson Living Learning Center

Tyson Research Center

Tyson Research Center is the WashU’s 2000-acre ecological field station, located 30 minutes west of the Danforth Campus. Tyson has a long track record of excellence in sustainable operations, with the first Living Building Challenge-certified building in the world, the university’s only geothermal system, and a 20,000-gallon rain water harvesting system.

Sustainability Exchange Spring Lab 2016

Environmental Studies

Washington University offers three interdisciplinary environmental studies majors in the School of Arts and Sciences: Environmental Biology, Environmental Earth Science, and Environmental Policy. In addition to these three majors, Anthropology majors can choose a track within the major focused on global health and the environment.



The Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC) was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) established nationally. PARC aims to understand the scientific principles that govern solar energy collection by photosynthetic organisms in order to use this knowledge to enhance natural antenna systems and fabricate hybrid / bioinspired systems for light‐harvesting.


The Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic (IEC) is an interdisciplinary venture with a dual emphasis on experiential learning and community service. The IEC represents non-profit groups, communities, and individuals who are pursuing legal action to protect the environment and community health but who cannot afford the legal representation and scientific expertise this requires.


Launched in 2013, the Washington University Climate Change Program (WUCCP) aims to expand scientific research, education and public understanding of global climate change – one of the most profound challenges facing our planet. WUCCP is under the leadership of Peter H. Raven, PhD, the George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus in Arts & Sciences and president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden.


The Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization funds research to foster the environmentally responsible use of coal for three main purposes: power generation, materials/chemicals synthesis, and fuel production. Research projects are led by faculty members at Washington University, and are conducted in collaboration with researchers from international partner universities.