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.
Advance sustainability on campus and in the local and global communities through education and outreach, service and partnerships.
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.
The Office of Sustainability collaborates extensively with the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) to offer state-wide programming.
The Pace Center for Civic Engagement engages students in environmental and sustainability service opportunities among several other impact areas.
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.
Princeton’s director of sustainability serves on the Board of Sustainable Princeton, which works collaboratively to reduce environmental impact in the community.
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.
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.
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.