Princeton University issued a Sustainability Plan in 2008 to focus on the University's historic effort to enhance environmental stewardship. The Plan ensures that the University's physical campus and the experience it provides for its students, faculty, and staff reflect and respect sustainability principles. Developed in 2007 by the Princeton Sustainability Committee and working groups composed of faculty, staff and students, the plan's goals focus on three priority areas: Greenhouse Gas Reduction; Resource Conservation; and Research, Education, and Civic Engagement. The Plan was adopted in February 2008 and the Committee continues to benchmark campus-wide sustainability performance.
Princeton's Sustainability Plan requires continual community involvement and commitment in order to achieve its ambitious goals. The plan was introduced at the September 2008 Sustainability: Introducing Princeton’s Green Initiatives Open House held in Frist Campus Center and attended by over 900 guests from campus and local communities. The November 2010 Sustainability Open House in Chancellor Green featured interactive displays and demonstrations from working groups, academic and research programs, and student initiatives. These events reinforced the University's efforts to continue to measure and promote sustainability performance across University operations, teaching, research, and student activities.
Progress towards the Plan's goals is highlighted in the 2009 and 2010 Reports on Sustainability.