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

Our Team is Growing

Our Team is Growing
This fall, the WashU team working on climate change and sustainability has gotten stronger! Cassie Hage was promoted to the new role of Assistant Director of the Office of Sustainability, and two new team members were onboarded to advance climate action at WashU, in the St. Louis region, and in the Midwest. Learn more about […]

Bike Repair Stations Upgraded on the Danforth Campus

Bike Repair Stations Upgraded on the Danforth Campus
Every day, hundreds if not thousands of bikes are ridden to and around WashU campuses. Nearly 30% of the WashU student population commute by bike, benefitting from the health, financial, and environmental benefits offered by this active and fun mode of transportation. Over the past few years, WashU – a Bike Friendly University at a […]

Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence in Caring for our Campus Trees

Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence in Caring for our Campus Trees
Since 2010, WashU has proudly carried the recognition of “Tree Campus USA” for its commitment to promote healthy trees and generate excitement for the campus canopy. Trees provide a number of invaluable services, including sequestering carbon from the air, reducing the urban heat island effect, providing habitat for native species and food for pollinators, and, […]

A Discussion on Local Food and Sustainable Farming Practices

A Discussion on Local Food and Sustainable Farming Practices
Food Week 2019 brought to WashU a number of important conversations about the food we eat. Where does our food come from? What does local and sustainable really mean? What is the true cost of food? On October 22, a number of local farmers including Crystal Stevens (FLOURISH), Tyrean Lewis (Heru Urban Farming), Preston Walker […]

Park(ing) Day Transforms Parking Spaces into Miniature Park

Park(ing) Day Transforms Parking Spaces into Miniature Park
On Friday, September 20th, three student groups from the Sam Fox School co-hosted an event on the Delmar Loop to celebrate Park(ing) Day. Park(ing) Day is an annual, international event where parking spaces are converted into temporary parklets, or miniature parks, in order to creatively make new forms of public space. The event started in […]

Volunteer at Chancellor Martin’s Inauguration

Volunteer at Chancellor Martin’s Inauguration
Five thousand people are expected to come together on October 3rd to celebrate the inauguration of the 15th Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis. We are excited to have worked closely with Chancellor Martin's team to make this ceremony a green event, with the inclusion of 4 waste stations to help and educate the WashU […]

Composting Launches in the DUC

Composting Launches in the DUC
With the start of classes this August, WashU Dining Services quietly rolled out a simple and straight-forward response to a long- requested service by dining customers - students, staff and faculty alike. On either side of the dish return window, the waste storing holes which previously offered recycling and landfill now have two holes each […]

New Exchange Platform Avoids Waste

New Exchange Platform Avoids Waste
With frequent office moves, remodeling, and other changes in the fast-paced university setting, high-quality furniture, equipment and supplies can become a burden rather than an asset. In an effort to address this opportunity and better utilize these items, Washington University has signed up for Rheaply, an exciting new software platform that facilitates the internal recirculation […]

Opportunities for Students at USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter

Opportunities for Students at USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter
Since it was founded in 2001, the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council works hard on creating and restoring buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Consistently honored as one of the top USGBC chapters in the nation, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway […]

WashU Sponsors Green the Church Summit in St. Louis

WashU Sponsors Green the Church Summit in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to support the 2019 Green the Church Summit by providing no-cost registration for a limited number of St. Louis community members, as well as university students, faculty, and staff. Green The Church (GTC) is a national initiative designed to tap into the power and purpose of the African […]

WashU Hires for Two Positions Focused on Climate Action

WashU Hires for Two Positions Focused on Climate Action
This past May, Michael Bloomberg announced the creation of the Midwestern Collegiate Climate Summit, the largest expected convening of Midwest universities focused on climate action. Washington University in St. Louis, which serves as the anchor university, will be hosting the Summit in the spring of 2020. Bloomberg Philanthropies' generous gift will support regional cross-sector collaboration […]

Renewed Bus Service Comes to St. Louis with Metro Reimagined

Renewed Bus Service Comes to St. Louis with Metro Reimagined
With the start of the academic year comes renewed transportation options in St. Louis. Starting on September 30th, Metro Transit will implement Metro Reimagined, its reformed plan for bus service in Missouri.  This new plan focuses on increasing frequency of high-ridership routes, streamlining routes to increase trip speed, and improving weekend service. To decide on […]