One of the country’s leading universities, Washington University’s commitment to sustainability is woven throughout all aspects of the campus experience – including hundreds of sustainability-related courses, hands-on research opportunities, tens of student green groups, and a strong campus culture of sustainability. At the global-scale, the university’s International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability and the McDonnel International Scholars Academy work to address sustainability issues through collaborative research with 28 partner universities throughout the world. Wash U’s Danforth and Medical Campuses are currently home to 20 LEED certified projects, including a new major LEED Platinum student housing complex, the Lofts, as well as nine LEED Gold buildings. The university is also home to the Living Learning Center, a net zero energy and water building and the world's first to achieve Living Building Challenge certification. In 2010, the University committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a 22 percent reduction, without the use of carbon offsets. In 2014 alone, Wash U. invested over $5 million in energy efficiency and significantly expanded its commitment to renewable energy, installing over 1,600 solar panels. Seventeen percent of food served on campus comes from local producers, in addition to fair trade coffees and teas, cage-free eggs, antibiotic-free and grass-fed hamburger meat and sustainably harvested seafood. Most major campus events are now zero waste, diverting more than 90 percent of the waste from the landfill through composting and recycling. And it’s easy to go car-free at Wash U. with lightrail and bus stops on each campus and free transit passes for all full-timers. The two campuses are separated by a world-class park, Forest Park, and both feature a robust car-share program, bike repair stands, and connections to greenways.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.