Princeton University seeks to cultivate an ethos of sustainability on campus, and for the world, by integrating the principles of sustainability across all campus systems, encouraging participation in sustainability as service, supporting academic teaching and research in sustainability, and leading by accelerating implementation of sustainable solutions locally and globally.
An updated comprehensive Sustainability Plan, expected to launch in 2017, will focus on cultivating a shift in culture and ethos through three priority areas — greenhouse gas emissions reduction; resource conservation; and research, education and leadership. Princeton has committed to reducing its absolute local greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 without the purchase of market offsets, and while expanding the campus population and square footage.
Princeton’s online sustainability progress report highlights improved performance trends in a number of key areas including carbon dioxide emissions, local and sustainable food purchases, and stormwater management. Academically, progress includes increasing development of and enrollment in sustainability-related courses, increased national and international sustainability internship participation, increasing numbers of students graduating with environment and sustainability-related degrees and certificates, and a newly launched Campus as Lab Innovation Fund for academic research.