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

The Green Labs Program Gains Momentum

The Green Labs Program Gains Momentum
With over 200 people in attendance, the Green Labs Program was officially kicked-off with a party earlier this month.  Most of our lab supply vendors, local lab sustainability groups, and departments presented their options for greening our lab spaces. Some vendors displayed high-efficiency lab equipment, others had samples of products made with recycled content, and […]

Join “WashU Together” in the Online Earth Day Ecochallenge

Join “WashU Together” in the Online Earth Day Ecochallenge
Note: If you join after April 1,you can still back log your actions up to 4 days! On the first Earth Day in 1970, 20 million people in the United States took a stand to demand a better way forward for our planet. Here we are fifty years later, and Earth Day is now recognized […]

10 Activities to Stay Happy & Healthy During Confinement

10 Activities to Stay Happy & Healthy During Confinement
We are living through strange, stressful times. As messages echo on social media platforms and news channels provide information in a panicked scream, it is important to prioritize your health and the health of those around you. As many are cut off from their normal routines, jobs, and interactions, usual methods of self-care and wellness […]

Sustaining Our Community During the Crisis

Sustaining Our Community During the Crisis
COVID-19 has profoundly laid bare extreme vulnerabilities hidden in plain sight within our society. Some of those exist within the WashU community, many exist in the St. Louis region and, of course, similar vulnerabilities pose challenges globally. This pandemic has also shown society’s strength and grit. For every vulnerability is a measure of justice as […]

COVID-19, Resiliency, Climate, and the Environment in the News

COVID-19, Resiliency, Climate, and the Environment in the News
The dramatic and rapid changes in behaviors of individuals, organizations, and systems at all scales induced by the COVID-19 pandemic affect our environment, climate, and ecosystems. What does our reaction to the pandemic say about our ability to tackle climate change? How does social distancing impact greenhouse gas emissions? Has COVID-19 helped ease air pollution? […]

Housekeeper Naila Smajic’s Unique Approach to Recycling Education

Housekeeper Naila Smajic’s Unique Approach to Recycling Education
Have you ever seen a contaminated recycling bin and felt a twinge in your heart? Perhaps given it a sad look, sighed, and moved on? It is a common reaction, but one that Naila Smajic transcended. A staff member on the Housekeeping team on the South 40, Smajic encounters a lot of misrouted waste, yet […]

Conserve Energy through Office Closure

Conserve Energy through Office Closure
As offices are shutting down and employees are transitioning to remote work, there are many ways to maximize energy-saving potential. Before you leave your work-space... Follow these best practices at the office for spaces that will be unoccupied for an extended period of time. Coordinate with your office mates to make sure that the last […]

The Office of Sustainability Adjusts to COVID-19

The Office of Sustainability Adjusts to COVID-19
WashU is now one of the many institutions who has closed its campus doors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The suite of radical measures that have been so rapidly adopted in the past week put priority on the health and safety or our community, which is the most important thing. The world’s […]

Green Carpet Awards Recognize Sustainability Leaders

Green Carpet Awards Recognize Sustainability Leaders
On February 5th, liaisons representing offices from across WashU campuses gathered to celebrate participation in the Green Office Program and recognized sustainability leaders during the 4th annual Green Carpet Awards. The Green Office Program encourages the adoption of policies and practices that reduce environmental impacts of office operations. This highly anticipated event recognized offices for […]

Alumni Series: Kady McFadden, Deputy Director of the Illinois Sierra Club

Alumni Series: Kady McFadden, Deputy Director of the Illinois Sierra Club
Graduating Washington University in 2011 with a BA in environmental studies and political science, Kady McFadden has worked in environmental advocacy with a variety of different groups, including the Sierra Club and, most recently, as a board member of the Illinois Environmental Council. Through network made up of grassroots movements and partnerships with local advocacy […]

This Spring, Active Transportation is the Way to Go

This Spring, Active Transportation is the Way to Go
After a long and cold winter, what better feeling than offering your body some physical activity in fresh air? Join the Office of Sustainability, Parking & Transportation Services and friends for a season of exciting events and programs centered around active transportation. In support of WashU active commuters, the recently-opened Active Commuter Hub provides a […]

Green Cup Celebrates its 10 Years Anniversary

Green Cup Celebrates its 10 Years Anniversary
Every spring since 2011, WashU’s South 40 Residential Colleges compete to reduce energy use and adopt more sustainable lifestyles, taking away hundreds of metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere and helping the university save money on electricity costs. Traditionally, the competition takes place over a 4-week period during which students do all they can […]