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

Sustainability on Display at Historic Commencement

Sustainability on Display at Historic Commencement
On the Friday evening before commencement, Danforth Campus faculty and staff received a communication that the university would no longer restrict the number of guests allowed each graduate. The recent lifting of local Covid-19 restrictions enabled graduates to invite all of their loved ones to witness this momentous occasion in person; a wonderful gift to […]

Join July’s Plastic Free Challenge!

Join July’s Plastic Free Challenge!
The past 16 months have turned all of our routines on their heads, even impacting many of our sustainable habits. Whether you've fallen off the wagon or are getting on for the first time, the Plastic Free Ecochallenge is a great opportunity to get on track with sustainability goals. There are myriad ways to curb […]

Welcome, Heather Craig, New WUSM Sustainability Coordinator!

Welcome, Heather Craig, New WUSM Sustainability Coordinator!
The Sustainability Team at Washington University continues to grow with the addition of its newest member, Heather Craig. Heather will be taking over the role of Sustainability Coordinator at the School of Medicine. Heather is located in the Operations & Facilities Management Department on the WUSM campus and will work closely with the Office of […]

Climate Solutions: St. Louis Sets New Building Energy Performance Standards

Climate Solutions: St. Louis Sets New Building Energy Performance Standards
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 […]

Sustainable Commencement Celebrations

Sustainable Commencement Celebrations
It does not need to be said that the past year has wreaked havoc on established programs--commencement is no exception. Since 2014, Washington University in St. Louis has pursued zero waste receptions throughout commencement celebrations. In years past, WashU has provided recyclable or compostable serviceware at receptions, set up waste collection stations, collected paper programs […]

Farewell, Class of 2021!

Farewell, Class of 2021!
The end of another year is upon us, which means we must say farewell to another cohort of students in the Energy, Environment and Sustainability (EES) Internship program. The EES partners, which consist of Environmental Studies, Office of Sustainability, Tyson Conservation Corp and WashU Climate Change Program, are thankful and proud of all the graduating […]

Green Labs Spotlight: The Kaufman Lab

Green Labs Spotlight: The Kaufman Lab
The lab of Dr. Charles Kaufman at the Washington University School of Medicine is a tight-knit group of researchers studying the mechanisms that control the onset of melanoma cancer and identifying cancerous cells as early as possible. They are also deeply committed to sustainability on campus and in their personal lives. As regular participants in […]

WashU Approved Suppliers Meet Minimum Requirements for Sustainability and Human Rights

WashU Approved Suppliers Meet Minimum Requirements for Sustainability and Human Rights
Promotional products, commonly known as "swag" are abundant at WashU. Virtually every department or office has apparel or mugs, water bottles and reusable bags are popular giveaways, and everything from pens to umbrellas to lunchboxes show up at events or in office storage rooms. All of these items have a cost - their quality, utility, […]

Reflection on Community Science and Environmental Justice

Reflection on Community Science and Environmental Justice
On Sunday, April 18th, Office of Sustainability staff along with students from the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Internship Program participated in a clean up initiative at O’Fallon Park, located in North St. Louis City, less than a mile from the Mississippi River. The volunteer project was one of several Environmental Justice Days of Action, organized by earthday365, a local […]

Kamea Chayne, Author and Sustainability Champion

Kamea Chayne, Author and Sustainability Champion
Kamea (Kathy) Chayne graduated from Washington University in 2015, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Environmental Studies and Marketing. With this wide array of interests and expertise, Chayne has led a fascinating career that shows the different facets and paths to activism in the digital age. Chayne uses a variety of platforms to explore how […]

Non-Fungible Tokens and Climate

Non-Fungible Tokens and Climate
Although cryptocurrency has been around for at least a decade, public discourse on digital currencies has been evolving as society finds new ways to implement and interact with it.  NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are increasingly becoming a popular investment vehicle (read: dalliance) in the crypto realm as artists and content creators are finding a new, […]

Summer Sustainability Volunteering Opportunities

Summer Sustainability Volunteering Opportunities
Are you thinking of staying in St. Louis this summer? Are you searching for ways to get involved in the local sustainability scene? Do you need to practice social interaction after a year of pandemic-induced isolation? Look no further! St. Louis has tons of wonderful organizations working to center equity and sustainability in their activism, […]