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

Midwest Climate Summit Kicks Off October 2

Midwest Climate Summit Kicks Off October 2
If the 12 states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas-emitting nation on the planet. On average, Midwest states lag behind the rest of the country on energy efficiency, de-carbonization of the electric sector, transportation electrification and green building. At the same time, the Midwest is home to […]

University Reaches Major Sustainable Building Milestone

University Reaches Major Sustainable Building Milestone
East end project buildings, January Hall awarded LEED Platinum recognition. Five buildings on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest green building certification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. The five LEED Platinum certifications — all issued at the same time — are […]

Alumni Series: Deia Schlosberg, Filmmaker

Alumni Series: Deia Schlosberg, Filmmaker
Director and producer of the 2019 documentary The Story of Plastic, Deia Schlosberg is an educator, activist, and journalist who graduated from WashU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Visual Communications. Then, after a two-year off-road, 7800-miles trek in the […]

Join WashU Together in the People Ecochallenge this October

Join WashU Together in the People Ecochallenge this October
WashU’s Fall 2020 semester has finally commenced. As many faculty, staff, and students return to campus amidst a global pandemic, protocols have been put in place to ensure the safety and prosperity of our community. It goes without saying that this will be a semester unlike any other. That said, even amidst all these changes, […]

Local Demand Response Program Cuts Carbon & Saves Money

Local Demand Response Program Cuts Carbon & Saves Money
https://youtu.be/EfIZmy2NIPM Demand Response 101: Understanding How Utilities Balance Energy Supply & Demand How does Demand Response work? During the hottest days of summer, residents and businesses simultaneously use more energy than usual to cool their buildings, which puts stress on the electric grid. To ensure adequate electricity is available, specialize power plants called "peaker plants" […]

Medical Campus Expands Native and Adaptive Landscapes

Medical Campus Expands Native and Adaptive Landscapes
As part of an effort to upgrade its campus entrances, the WashU Medical School conducted a major landscape transformation within the two large triangle areas associated with the new “Washington University Medical Campus” signage near the 64-40/Kingshighway interchange. Since its completion in the fall of 2019, the project, which consisted of the replacement of turf […]

Climate Solutions: New Commercial Solar Program

Climate Solutions: New Commercial Solar Program
Now more than ever, the climate crisis is on the minds of people all around the world. Due to the urgent need to implement effective solutions to this social and environmental crisis, we will be regularly featuring stories of climate solutions adopted at the university and at the local, state, and national levels to inspire […]

Consider Public Health When Choosing your Commute

Consider Public Health When Choosing your Commute
When COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic in mid-March, putting a stop on long-distance travel and reducing dramatically vehicular traffic, we witnessed a direct and significant improvement of our air quality. Photos of unusual blue and clear skies over large metropolitan areas were one of a few things that cheered us up in these dark times. […]

WashU Together’s Plastic Free Journey

WashU Together’s Plastic Free Journey
In celebration of Plastic Free July, staff and students from the Office of Sustainability came together to participate in the virtual Plastic Free Ecochallenge, inviting the broader WashU community to gather in the “WashU Together” team. Building up on the success of the Earth Day Ecochallenge, this virtual program ended up being the perfect opportunity […]

Tips for Safe and Effective Cleaning During COVID-19

Tips for Safe and Effective Cleaning During COVID-19
Remaining safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to revisit all aspects of our lives, from work to travel to cleaning. To prevent the spread of the virus through surfaces, sanitation and disinfection procedures have become more meticulous and frequent, as we try our best to keep ourselves and our community safe. More intense […]

Burning Kumquat Garden Thrives While Students Away

Burning Kumquat Garden Thrives While Students Away
This story is adapted from an original post from The Source. The mission of Burning Kumquat, a student-run organic garden at Washington University in St. Louis, is “sharing the joy of freshly picked vegetables with the world.” While the “world” — with the closure of campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic — has gotten smaller, the […]

Climate Solutions: St. Louis Encourages Climate and Energy Action with Policy Toolkit

Climate Solutions: St. Louis Encourages Climate and Energy Action with Policy Toolkit
In recent months, St. Louis has made headlines for the adoption of several climate-forward policies and initiatives. These include the City’s passage of a solar-ready ordinance and Building Energy Performance Standard, St. Louis County’s adoption of updated building energy codes, and the success of the first phase of the regional Grow Solar residential group-buy program […]