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

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 […]

WUSM Gym Floor Gets Repurposed!

WUSM Gym Floor Gets Repurposed!
A recent heavy rainstorm in St. Louis caused a storm drain backup and minor flooding in the gymnasium in the basement of Olin Residence Hall at the School of Medicine. The WUSM facilities team was able to solve the drainage problem to prevent flooding in future rain events, but the gym floor was not able […]

College Transit Challenge: Compete for WashU!

College Transit Challenge: Compete for WashU!
Public transit is a safe, cost-effective transportation option for people of all ages, and in the St. Louis region, it’s proving to be particularly viable for students. High school, college and university students accounted for nearly 2 million MetroLink and 1.6 million MetroBus passenger trips during the last school year! To underscore the advantages of […]

WashU Now Offers Free Bike Registration through Project 529

WashU Now Offers Free Bike Registration through Project 529
Recognized a Silver-level Bike Friendly University in 2017, WashU supports bicyclists and seeks to expand the use of bicycles among its community. One way WashU has recently reinforced its commitment to supporting bicycling is by rolling out a new bike registration program, through the 529 Garage, the industry’s first mobile-based bicycle registration system designed for […]

The Office of Sustainability Recruits for the Fall!

The Office of Sustainability Recruits for the Fall!
Our student associate program is one of the highest impact internship programs at WashU in terms of the caliber of work students produce; as well as professional development and leadership training provided to prepare students for high-impact lives and careers. Over 100 students have graduated from the Office of Sustainability's internship program since its inception in […]

Recycling Genius Volunteer Opportunities: Fall 2019

Recycling Genius Volunteer Opportunities: Fall 2019
Educate the WashU community about correct waste sorting while ensuring that events are truly zero waste. Volunteers are needed for first year Move-In, the WUSM Employee Picnic, and the Chancellor's Inauguration Celebration. First-year Student Move-In: August 17 For several years, the WashU Green Ambassadors have assisted the ResLife Housekeeping team with diverting massive amounts of […]

WashU Phasing in High Efficiency Ultra Low Temperature Freezers

WashU Phasing in High Efficiency Ultra Low Temperature Freezers
Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers (ULTs) are a critical piece of equipment in many research labs and are designed to protect valuable samples. Capable of reaching temperatures as low as -85 degrees Celsius (or -121 degrees Fahrenheit), ULTs require a significant amount of electricity to operate -- more than a typical American home -- and are thereby […]