Washington University in St. Louis is committed to increasing community awareness of energy efficiency and sustainable living by empowering students, staff, and faculty to make informed decisions wherever they live.
We are only beginning to feel the worsening impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels, flooding, drought, the spread of vector-borne diseases, refugee crises, and famine. These impacts universally threaten public health, ecological systems, and economic stability. It is paramount that our generation takes immediate and multi-faceted steps to live in better balance with the intricate ecosystems that we depend on.
Locally, St. Louis faces a complex network of challenges related to health and the environment. For example, St. Louis has one of the highest child asthma rates in the country due to air pollution, and hundreds of households face high energy burdens (the percentage of income spent on utilities), especially in low income and black communities. Your actions to decrease energy usage can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase air quality, and combat respiratory disease.
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