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

Sustainability Programming Connects with High School Students

Office of Sustainability Expands Educational Offerings to College Prep Scholars Established in 2014, the WashU College Prep Program provides low-income first-generation students the opportunity to attend an immersive, on-campus learning experience every summer between their first-year and last-year of high school. In 2017, the Office of Sustainability started collaborating with College Prep to introduce the […]

A Compost Journey From Research Kitchen to Farm

A Compost Journey From Research Kitchen to Farm
"To the chickens!" is now a common phrase used in the Clinical Translational Research Unit (CTRU) Metabolic Research Kitchen. This refers to the food scraps produced by the kitchen operations that are thrown into bright green 5-gallon buckets and saved for the chickens at Howie Farms, one of the vendors from the School of Medicine […]

Saving the Pangolins: Why Biodiversity Matters

Saving the Pangolins: Why Biodiversity Matters
On June 27th, the Energy, Environment, and Sustainability summer associates spent the afternoon at the Tyson Research Center, visiting its famous Living Learning Center and attending “Behind the Scenes of 'Poached'”, a lecture by guest speaker Rachel Nuwer, author of Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking. The talk was part of a summer-long […]

Resource Digest: STL City Recycles

Resource Digest: STL City Recycles
As landfills continue to negatively affect both the environment and human health, it is increasingly important for us to take responsibility. Of the many things we can do to decrease our contributions to the landfill, the simplest is to recycle. When recycling, keep recyclable materials clean and dry. Do not put items that aren't on […]

Summer Bike Tune-Up Series

Summer Bike Tune-Up Series
This summer, the Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Parking and Transportation Services (Danforth) and the Operations & Facilities Management Department (WUSM), is bringing back the free bike tune-up series. We will be hosting four free tune-up sessions, on both the Danforth and the Medical campuses: Medical Campus, Hope Plaza, 11a - 2p Thursday, June […]

New Orientation “Engage STL” Incorporates Sustainability

New Orientation “Engage STL” Incorporates Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, has helped with the planning of Engage STL, one of the four “themes” in the newly restructured Bear Beginnings program. Engage STL, like the WUGA program, provides incoming first-years with an important introduction […]

Goodbye Graduates, Welcome Summer Students!

Goodbye Graduates, Welcome Summer Students!
The Office of Sustainability is thankful and proud of all the graduating seniors who contributed to sustainability work and advocacy during their years at WashU, either through internships, student groups or grassroots activism. We are excited to see how careers will unfold for these talented individuals and to stay connected beyond their WashU time. Make […]

Going Beyond the Checklist – A Call for Green Monday Recipes

Going Beyond the Checklist – A Call for Green Monday Recipes
The Facilities Operations office at the School of Medicine has started a new tradition of celebrating Green Monday with an office lunch! The office members were inspired to participate in Green Monday because of their personal dedication to making sustainable choices and because it fits in with the culture created from being a certified Green Office. For the […]

Get Involved this Summer with On-Campus Farm Burning Kumquat

Get Involved this Summer with On-Campus Farm Burning Kumquat
The Burning Kumquat is the on-campus, student run, organic garden located right next door to the Alumni House on the South 40. During the school year, the farm functions as a student club involving members pitching in at workdays and selling produce at DUC markets. But in the summer, when most students are gone and […]

The Not-So-Sweet Story of Honeysuckle in St. Louis

The Not-So-Sweet Story of Honeysuckle in St. Louis
Honeysuckle evokes for many fond summer memories of plucking small, white flowers off the vine and guzzling their sweet nectar. However, for others, honeysuckle represents a terror to our native ecosystems. In this enlightening article, Hanna Peterman, senior majoring in Environmental Biology and Spanish and student coordinator of the Tyson Conservation Corps, explains how honeysuckle […]

Alumni Series: Tara Aubuchon, Vacancy Coordinator

Alumni Series: Tara Aubuchon, Vacancy Coordinator
Tara Aubuchon graduated from WashU in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Architecture. After graduating from MIT with a master degree in city planning; she worked for Vertegy and for the Cambridge Housing Authority, before becoming the Vacancy Coordinator for the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN). […]

Volunteer to Green End-of-Year Iconic Events!

Volunteer to Green End-of-Year Iconic Events!
Help educate the WashU community about how to correctly sort waste while ensuring that iconic events are truly zero waste. Commencement May 17, 11a – 1p; 4p-6p // Locations vary. Contact Cassie with availability: cassandra.hage@wustl.edu. Staff Day May 20, 10a – 1p and 3 – 4:30p // Athletic Center Contact Cassie at cassandra.hage@wustl.edu to sign up. […]