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Sustainability

Princeton University strives to cultivate an ethos of sustainability on campus, and for the world, by integrating the principles of sustainability across all campus systems. This University-wide program encourages participation in sustainability as service, through all dimensions of campus life including teaching and research, operations, and the student experience.

An updated comprehensive Sustainability Impact Plan, expected to launch in 2018, will reflect Princeton’s 30-year Strategic Plan Framework and is integrated into goals associated with the 2026 Campus Plan. Since the launch of the Office of Sustainability in 2006, Princeton has documented substantive improvements in performance across a number of systems including energy, transportation, campus dining, water conservation, construction waste management, rainwater management and green building; as well as expansion of sustainability-focused academic research and teaching; and increased student and staff engagement. Princeton is on track to meet its current greenhouse gas emissions goal of 1990 levels by 2020 without the purchase of market offsets, and while expanding the campus population and square footage. Planning is underway for the next emissions goal.

The Office of Sustainability continues to serve all campus communities in advancing sustainability leadership on campus, in service to the world.