WashU Grounds Team Practices Sustainability (Links to an external site)

Written by Office of Sustainability Communications Associate, Jarea Fang Groundskeeping is a year-round task. From raking leaves in the fall, watering lawns in the summer, to plowing sidewalks during winter, WashU Grounds Services and service contractor, Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, have their hands full. Spring is an especially beautiful time of year around campus. With daffodils, cherry blossoms, […]

Soltero appointed university architect (Links to an external site)

Ed Soltero has been appointed assistant vice chancellor and university architect for Facilities Planning & Management at Washington University in St. Louis, announced Shantay Bolton, executive vice chancellor for administration and chief administrative officer. In his position, Soltero will lead the planning and design team and manage initiatives for long-term campus planning, collaborate with the […]

East End Transformation Wins Architectural Award (Links to an external site)

The east end project on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis has received the 2023 American Institute of Architects Regional & Urban Design Award. The annual program recognizes the best in urban design, regional and city planning and community development and considers the entire built environment, local culture and available resources. “This […]

Planting for the future (Links to an external site)

If you were to walk around the Danforth Campus and ask any student the name of the iconic Washington University chapel, says Stan Braude, curator of the WashU arboretum, “chances are there’s not a single student who wouldn’t know the name Graham Chapel. My goal is similar: Three years from now, I propose that everyone on […]

WashU Receives AASHE STARS Gold Accreditation (Links to an external site)

Washington University in St. Louis has been awarded Gold status accreditation from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), renewing certification at the same level as its last certification in 2018, though on a more rigorous version of the reporting tool.

Arts & Sciences shares building project updates, names architect (Links to an external site)

Renewable Energy

New York-based architectural firm Weiss/Manfredi has been selected to lead the design of the new Arts & Sciences building, set to be constructed at the heart of the Danforth Campus. The firm’s selection marks one of the first major milestones in the project, which was announced in December 2021 during the launch of the Arts & Sciences Strategic Plan.

Renewable Energy (Links to an external site)

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to reducing the Danforth campus energy use and carbon footprint.In April 2013, Washington University pledged to invest $30 million dollars in energy conservation and carbon reduction projects in the next seven years.

Lights Out Pledge Protects Migrating Birds (Links to an external site)

Lights Out Pledge

Each year, billions of birds pass through the United States on their way to seasonal destinations. And each year, these birds are among the 600,000 birds that die after colliding with buildings. Cities like St. Louis pose a disproportionate risk to birds, as the geography, developmental spread and glow of night time lights converge to create significant obstacles to these long-distance travelers.  

Arts & Sciences announces plan for new building, launches strategic plan (Links to an external site)

Washington University in St. Louis plans to construct a new state-of-the-art building for Arts & Sciences, the largest school on the Danforth Campus, announced Chancellor Andrew D. Martin.

The university’s Board of Trustees was advised of the administration’s commitment for the new building, estimated to be between 90,000 and 120,000 square feet. This project will move forward through the board approval process. The building and the surrounding landscape will create a new quad at the heart of campus, west of Olin Library and north of Graham Chapel.

WashU Named a Gold Bike Friendly University (Links to an external site)

The League of American Bicyclists, the premier grassroots advocacy organization encouraging better bicycling and protecting the rights of people who bike, has honored the WashU Danforth campus with a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of the institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.

East End Transformation lands cover of Architect magazine (Links to an external site)

Washington University in St. Louis’ East End Transformation, the iconic redesign of the eastern end of the Danforth Campus, is on the cover of February’s Architect magazine. The publication is the official journal of the American Institute of Architects, which is widely considered the “voice” of the architectural profession.

At Washington University, A Cluster of New Buildings Enlivens a Neglected Part of Campus (Links to an external site)

A middle-American Oxbridge, the campus of Washington University in St. Louis is staunchly Collegiate Gothic, all nested quads and pink granite buildings. It’s often hard to tell where one building ends and another begins. But traverse the campus to its far eastern edge and this monotony starts to let up: Cloistered space grows porous, and the chisel-and-hammer articulation of stone gives way to lighter building materials.

Sumers Recreation Center attains LEED Platinum certification (Links to an external site)

Sumers Recreation Center attains LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded Sumers Recreation Center its highest certification: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum. Sustainability was baked into the building from its very beginning, and the certification demonstrates the level of commitment Washington University in St. Louis has when it comes to designing buildings to reduce carbon emissions, conserve water, support the health of inhabitants, responsibly source materials and more.