Princeton Sustainability Principles: Adopted 2014

  • Princeton’s most meaningful global contributions will come from its research, the education of its students, and from the leadership of its graduates.
  • Princeton’s sustainability goal setting is informed by methodical, science-based, and multi-perspective analyses.
  • Near-term (2-10 yr) sustainability goals “stretch” beyond those that are currently achievable, and they exist within a visionary, aspirational framework.
  • Planning and development related to the physical campus have sustainability as a core priority.
  • Holistic benefits (educational, cultural, research) as well as financial considerations over multiple time horizons are integral components of Return-on-Investment analyses related to campus sustainability implementation.
  • Princeton carbon emission reductions produce results that are “additional” to regulatory or market driven reductions that would happen anyway, and are rigorously verifiable.
  • Princeton is committed to a “campus as a living laboratory” approach that engages the campus community in rigorous inquiry and demonstration of principled pathways to sustainability.
  • Princeton fosters community-wide awareness and action and is an exemplar of repeatable best practices for other institutions.