A Sustainable Campus
The Office of Sustainability, within Facilities Services, focuses on five areas of the Sustainability Plan: climate change and energy, high performance buildings, waste reduction, water conservation, and building awareness and partnerships.
For more information about sustainability at the University, including reporting and ways to get involved, please view the Environmental Research and Sustainability page.
Climate Change and Energy
The University has a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2025. Greenhouse gas emissions are tied to all major campus operations, including buildings, transportation, waste, food, landscaping, and procurement.
Natural gas and electricity consumption in buildings make up the majority of University greenhouse gas emissions, and high-performance buildings are a top priority for Facilities Services and the Office of Sustainability.
Whenever possible, waste is diverted from landfills through single-stream recycling, composting, and donating.
The University has a goal to reduce the consumption of potable water for purposes that do not require it.
Building Awareness and Partnerships
The Office of Sustainability works with the entire University community to create a more sustainable campus.