About the Office of Sustainability
The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to help Princeton University be an inspiring demonstration of sustainable thinking and practice. The Office assists in implementing the campus vision through collaborative "campus as living laboratory" endeavors that link academics and operations, that visibly demonstrate repeatable solutions, and that generate an exemplary educational environment for our students. The sustainability community at Princeton also participates in advancing sustainability in university, regional, and national affairs through active outreach and partnerships both on and off campus. Read Princeton's Sustainability Principles, adopted in 2014.
GreenLeaders, formerly known as the Princeton Environmental Network (PEN), was founded in 2006. It is a consortium hosted by the Office of Sustainability that provides Princeton University student sustainability leaders of clubs and organizations a venue for sharing information and collaborating on campus-wide projects and initiatives. The students have been, and continue to be, vital in the movement towards sustainability on campus, in our local community, and beyond.
The Office of Sustainability created the Sustainability Ambassador Program to help achieve Princeton University’s sustainability goals, and to facilitate the advancement towards sustainability more generally, by appointing campus community members to serve as facilitators of sustainability in their home departments, offices, or groups, and in the wider community.
Sustainability Steering Council
The Sustainability Steering Council is a gathering of senior faculty, administrators, and student leaders appointed by Princeton's Executive Vice President. Launched in 2013, the Council is charged with advancing the institution's overarching goal of using the campus itself as a demonstration of sustainable systems to inform and develop leadership potential in all students. The council strives to ensure that students are equipped to meaningfully employ the principles of sustainability in their future endeavors, no matter the discipline or field.
Princeton Sustainability Committee
The purpose of the Princeton Sustainability Committee is to collaborate closely with the Office of Sustainability to monitor the University’s relationship with the environment and to encourage improvements by creating a forum for faculty, students, and administrators to bring their very different perspectives to bear on our relationship with the environment.