Whether you are a visitor or member on campus, you are bound to witness the ongoing construction. I’ve grown accustom to the tarp-lined fences on my way to class. When I left at the end of Spring Semester, construction was still being finalized. But it was completed by my return to campus in June. A […]
Do you like sustainability? If you answered yes to that question, I would like to introduce you to Student Sustainability Fund (SSF)! I am currently in SSF, a branch of Student Union that allocates money to undergraduate and graduate students with sustainable project ideas. Basically, if you have a project related to sustainability, you can apply to receive funding from SSF to make your project come to life!
Each February, Washington University students get their competitive spirit ready. But instead of donning athletic gear or studying up for Quiz Bowl, they’re learning about ways to reduce energy consumption. The Green Cup pits residence halls and on-campus fraternity houses against one another in a series of energy reduction contests. For four weeks, residents turn off lights, unplug chargers, and climb stairs instead of riding elevators.
When Danica Yu was in elementary school, she decided to join the Ecology Club. That interest in the environment and passion for sustainability stuck, and she’s about to graduate from WashU with a degree in environmental policy and anthropology.
Renewable energy and building efficiency are evolving quickly in the United States, and Washington University in St. Louis is at the forefront. The University is working to achieve an aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goal through significant investments of time, creativity and capital. Not only is the university reducing its carbon footprint by installing solar panels on several buildings and increasing building efficiency, it’s providing plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with the sustainability efforts through experiential courses, research and internships, says Phil Valko, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability.