With input from a variety of campus collaborators, the Office of Sustainability is releasing an interactive, multimedia, GIS map-based Sustainability Tour of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. The tour features eighteen locations that showcase WashU’s efforts to transform our historic campus into a truly sustainable campus. These locations make up a small sample of the variety of ways by which WashU is fully committed to being a national leader in addressing climate change, preventing environmental degradation, and improving human health.
The Sustainability Tour starts at the Danforth University Center, a LEED Gold Certified building as well as a central gathering place and meal spot for students. It continues past gardens, dining locations, and student-run businesses on the South 40, such as the Sharing With A Purpose Trading Post, a free used-goods thrift store, and Bears Bikes, a bike rental business. After passing by recently finished green building projects including the Gary M. Sumers Athletic Center and McMillan Hall green roof, the tour crosses through the historic heart of campus. The itinerary finishes outside Hillman Hall, offering an overlook on the yet-to-be-completed Ann and Andrew Tisch Park, part of the East End Transformation.
You can follow the tour in person by walking the outlined route or virtually with a computer or mobile device. It is approximately 1.6 miles long and takes 35 minutes to walk.