Sustainability is incorporated campus-wide into daily operations in energy, buildings, landscape, and waste management.
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) plans and designs the vision, strategy, and initiatives that align with campus procedures, processes, incentives, and resource management to meet the standards set in the university’s strategic plan for sustainable operations.
Across campus, sustainability is incorporated in many ways:
The Danforth Campus Utility group reduces greenhouse gas emissions by increasing renewable energy, following the buildings performance standard (BEPS), adopting the Danforth Setpoint Policy, and enrolling in Ameren’s Peak Time Savings Program.
The Maintenance Operations Grounds crew maintains the landscape through the methods of increasing tree species biodiversity, green spaces, and native plant species on the Danforth campus to foster human and environmental health.
FPM Capital Projects and OOS work to implement efficient and sustainable design standards by metering energy and water usage for each academic building, automating thermostats and LED lights, and strategically designing the buildings to use natural lighting.
Washington University in St. Louis strives to meet the goal of zero waste on campus through waste reduction and reuse programs and outreach programs such as the WashU Green Ambassadors.
Discover eighteen locations showcasing the university’s efforts to transform its historic campus into a truly sustainable campus through this interactive Sustainability Tour.
Washington University in St. Louis has the goal to serve as a national leader in sustainability. The awards and recognition the university has received exemplify our regional and national excellence on a number of sustainability fronts.