Campus and Civic Engagement

Civic and Campus Engagement

Princeton advances sustainability on campus and in the local and global communities through campus and civic engagement.

The Office of Sustainability encourages leadership through staff training and programs, student internships, research projects, partnerships with faculty, and by supporting the many sustainability-related student groups on campus through its GreenLeader consortium. These groups collectively represent staff in more than a dozen departments, and 1,000 Princeton students.

Additionally the Office of Sustainability works collaboratively with many academic and administrative programs across campus to communicate and celebrate students, staff and faculty leadership in embracing the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability problem-solving. 

Goal

Advance sustainability on campus and in the local and global communities through education and outreach, service and partnerships.

Progress

  • More than 50 EcoReps teamed up to enhance recycling at Move Out and at Reunions 2016 for the seventh consecutive year. The students collected nearly 5,000 #5 and #6 cups at Reunions which were sent to be upcycled into products such as Adirondack chairs, toothbrushes, and other household items.

  • NJHEPS logo

    The Office of Sustainability collaborates extensively with the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) to offer state-wide programming.

  • pace center logo

    The Pace Center for Civic Engagement engages students in environmental and sustainability service opportunities among several other impact areas.

  • do it in the dark logo

    Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE) spearheaded the annual campus-wide residential college energy savings competition using an app featuring live data. In total, Princeton saved 21,906 kWh, and the winning residential college, Wilson College, reduced energy by 7% from its baseline.

  • More than 300 people attended the eigth annual Earth Day Festival held in April. The event was hosted by the GreenLeaders

  • sustainable princeton logo

    Princeton’s director of sustainability serves on the Board of Sustainable Princeton, which works collaboratively to reduce environmental impact in the community.

  • High Meadows Fellow

    15 High Meadows Environmental Fellows were placed with  environmental nonprofit organizations across the nation, including organizations like the Real Food Generation which leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system.

  • STARS Silver Award

    The AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) allows metric-driven progress assessment across operations and academics for North American higher education and has recognized Princeton at the Silver leadership level

What’s Next

  • Increase student involvement in shifting toward a more sustainability-infused campus culture.

  • Identify new opportunities to employ meaningful service and civic engagement to advance the University's commitment to sustainability.

  • Investigate a range of employee incentive programs to encourage adoption of sustainable practices at work and at home.