Discover what Washington University is doing to improve sustainability on campus, in St. Louis, and internationally.

WashU Named a Gold Bicycle Friendly University

WashU Named a Gold Bicycle Friendly University
The League of American Bicyclists, the premier grassroots advocacy organization encouraging better bicycling and protecting the rights of people who bike, has honored the WashU Danforth campus with a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of the institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus. WashU was first designated a Bicycle […]

The Ins and Outs of Dockless E-Scooters

The Ins and Outs of Dockless E-Scooters
It has been nearly three years since dockless shared mobility programs have taken up the streets of cities in the U.S. and around the world. In St. Louis, what started as a bike share program quickly transitioned to an exclusively e-scooter share program. Since 2019, three private companies (Lime, Bird, and Spin) have been operating […]

Student-Curated Eco-Art Exhibition Opens Online

Student-Curated Eco-Art Exhibition Opens Online
[Photo Credit: Sophie Ross, "Dumpster Dive"] Jarea Fang, Communication Associate at the Office of Sustainability, is one of the eleven BFA students who participated in Eco-Art Fall 2020 in the Sam Fox School. She shares about the concept of eco-art, what she learned in the class, and most importantly, the online exhibition that came out […]

Commercial Group Buy Solar Program “Renew STL Solar” Launches

Commercial Group Buy Solar Program “Renew STL Solar” Launches
Earlier this month, Renew Missouri announced the launch of Renew STL Solar, a “group buy” solar program for commercial building owners in the St. Louis Region. Along with other community partners, such as the City of St. Louis, WashU has been an early partner and catalyst for the development Renew STL Solar. First of its kind in […]

Recycling Behind the Scenes at WUSM

Recycling Behind the Scenes at WUSM
The Sustainability Champions are a group of Washington University School of Medicine custodians dedicated to sustainability. They ensure that your recycling makes the journey from your desk or lab to the dumpster for transport. https://youtu.be/ikSUjJJNneU Our custodians are committed to keeping our campus clean and safe. We would like to give a special thank you […]

Position Opens at the Office of Sustainability

Position Opens at the Office of Sustainability
The team of sustainability professionals at WashU is comprised of seven full-time employees. Phil Valko has been the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability since 2011 and Cassie Hage was promoted Assistant Director in 2019 but has been on the team since 2015. All joining in 2017, Michelle Patterson is the Office’s Business Manager and Internship […]

Vanpooling: An Inspiring Commuter Story

Vanpooling: An Inspiring Commuter Story
Donna Krekel, Senior Research Administrator in the department of Otolaryngology, and Gary De Wet, Technical Support Specialist at the Office of WUSM Chief Information Officer, have been vanpooling to and from the WashU School of Medicine campus every day of the week for over 20 years. Their vanpool party, which has been running since 1999, […]

New Resource Provides Options for Sustainable and Ethical Coffee

New Resource Provides Options for Sustainable and Ethical Coffee
Coffee is a luxury good, yet the average person living in the United States drinks around two cups a day. In 2010, 5,600 paper cups were disposed of every day at WashU, most of which were coffee cups. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the carbon footprint of drinking […]

St. Louis: the New Hub for Sustainable Laboratories

St. Louis: the New Hub for Sustainable Laboratories
In late 2019, a group of 10 individuals from a variety of organizations and companies in the St. Louis region came together to form the board of the new St. Louis Chapter of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). St. Louis is a hub for scientific research and has some of the world’s best […]

The EES Internship Program Grows and Adapts

The EES Internship Program Grows and Adapts
Despite the uncertainties and disruptions that came with the fall semester of 2020, the Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (EES) Internship Program is stronger than ever. All the program partners have continued offering various positions and adjusted some of the roles to accommodate the changes brought by the pandemic response. In total, this semester, the EES […]

A Successful Series on Sustainable Living

A Successful Series on Sustainable Living
Since the onslaught of Covid-19, the Office of Sustainability is among many groups who have had to come-up with creative ways to engage with the WashU community. Transitioning to virtual content has presented some challenges, but it also came with new opportunities for increased accessibility and creative use of digital tools within our programming. To […]