Climate change and environmental degradation are truly complex problems that require leadership and collaboration from all sectors. Institutions of higher education have a crucial role to play, and Washington University in St. Louis is fully committed to being a national sustainability leader in research, teaching, and operations.

Our faculty conduct research that helps us understand these complex issues and develop innovative strategies. Our students gain knowledge and leadership skills that prepare them to play important roles in shaping future solutions. Our staff members are engaged in a multi-decade process to transform our traditional campus operations into truly sustainable operations. We have accomplished much in a short amount of time, and we continue to set loftier goals for ourselves and work toward a more sustainable future.

Explore the eight strategic plan focus areas below to learn more about our progress, vision, and commitment to sustainable operations.

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Energy & Emissions

WashU is charting a path to carbon neutrality without purchasing renewable energy credits.

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Buildings

WashU serves as a national leader in green building design and operations.

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Community

WashU fosters a highly collaborative, diverse and inclusive sustainability movement.

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Food

WashU fosters a food system that advances environmental and public health while supporting a strong local economy.

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Landscape

WashU fosters human and environmental health through low impact, resilient landscapes that provide an array of ecosystem services.

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Transportation

WashU is becoming a model in the midwest for alternative and low carbon transportation.

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Waste

WashU is charting a path towards zero waste.

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Water

WashU is becoming a leader in water conservation.

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