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

Newstead Garage Seeking Parksmart Bronze Rating 

Newstead Garage Seeking Parksmart Bronze Rating 
The newly constructed Neuroscience Research Building has been an exciting new addition to the WashU School of Medicine campus, with many sustainable features that make it likely to receive a Gold LEED rating. The associated Newstead Garage has also been built with sustainability in mind and is seeking Bronze Parksmart certification in early 2024.   While […]

Introducing Reusable Boxes at EPNEC

Introducing Reusable Boxes at EPNEC
In January 2024, WashU School of Medicine is launching an exciting new initiative to reduce catering waste at the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC). The EPNEC event team, WashU Sustainability, and Bon Appetit Management Company are partnering to offer reusable containers for boxed lunches at events held within EPNEC.  This exciting new program was […]

Live Near Your Work Brings Sustainability to Local Communities

Live Near Your Work Brings Sustainability to Local Communities
You would be hard-pressed to find someone in the Washington University community who is unaware of the chancellor’s “in St. Louis, for St. Louis” vision. The Live Near Your Work (LNYW) program is a prime example of how the university walks that walk. The program was first established in 1997 as the Employer Assisted Housing […]

Celebrating Sustainability Champions at the Green Carpet Awards 

Celebrating Sustainability Champions at the Green Carpet Awards 
The annual Green Carpet Awards were hosted on November 7, 2023 at the Knight Center on the Danforth Campus. Sustainability champions from across the university gathered to celebrate significant projects and programs that are enhancing sustainability efforts and impact. The program hosted the following speakers, who recognized numerous sustainable achievements between 2022 to 2023.  Phil […]

Leave the Leaves

Leave the Leaves
Written by Office of Sustainability student associate, Faith Phillips, Class of 2024. The foliage in autumn is one of the most exciting aspects of the season but after a few weeks, the leaves can become a nuisance in the lawn. Unknown to most people, however, many insects and invertebrates rely on fallen leaves for protection […]

Student Food Recovery Collaboration

Student Food Recovery Collaboration
Written by Office of Sustainability student associate, Faith Phillips, Class of 2024. According to Feeding America, almost 120 billion pounds of food go to waste annually which equates to over 40% of all food in America. At WashU, two groups on campus are doing their part to decrease food waste in St. Louis and instead […]

New Funding Opportunity for Sustainability Projects

New Funding Opportunity for Sustainability Projects
Folks at WashU are full of good ideas. A lot of great sustainability-related ideas make their way to us and due to the Office of Sustainability being a small (but mighty!) team, capacity issues prevent us from implementing many of these projects.   After hearing a strong and positive response after this summer’s Wellness Challenge, Sustain, […]

“Share Our Stuff” Program comes Full Circle

“Share Our Stuff” Program comes Full Circle
Office of Sustainability student associate, Mia Phutrakul, Class of 2025, contributed to this story. Every year, as part of the Share Our Stuff program, items are collected from the South 40 and Village residential areas, as well as nearby off-campus neighborhoods surrounding the WashU area with the intent to repurpose goods from student move-out and […]

WashU CSA Update: Introducing Plain & Simple Box

WashU CSA Update: Introducing Plain & Simple Box
Washington University takes its commitment to eating locally sourced and sustainable food seriously, as seen by collaborations with dining partners, the medical campus farmers market, and the WashU community supported agriculture (CSA) program. The WashU CSA program is in partnership with HOSCO (Holistic Organic Sustainable Cooperatives), a not-for-profit committed to food justice in St. Louis. […]

October is Active Transportation Month

October is Active Transportation Month
October is the first of two Active Transportation Months (ATM) at Washington University hosted by Parking & Transportation, Office of Sustainability, and WUSM Operations & Facilities Management. The goal of ATM is to motivate staff, faculty and students to kick the car habit and try active, low-carbon means of transportation.  If you cannot imagine going […]

Students Receive Sustainable Welcome by SPARK Cohort

Students Receive Sustainable Welcome by SPARK Cohort
There is always a buzz of excitement before Fall Welcome with staff ensuring that everything on campus is just so before welcoming in a new group of students who will spend their most formative years here at WashU.  The Office of Sustainability (OOS) hosted a group of twenty-one upperclassmen (and a law student!) as part […]

WashU School of Medicine Sustainability Plan Midterm Report

WashU School of Medicine Sustainability Plan Midterm Report
In 2018, the WashU School of Medicine Operations and Facilities Management Department published its first Sustainable Operations Strategic Plan for 2018 – 2025. This document was built upon the Office of Sustainability’s institution wide plan that was published in 2015, but shines light on programs and plans that are specific to the School of Medicine.    Now […]