All Goals and Key Progress

Buildings

building with a green roof

Goal

Maximize the potential of the built environment to stimulate transformational thinking and exceptional performance in sustainability.

Key Progress

Since 2008, more than 1.66 million square feet of new construction and major renovation projects have been built according to Princeton’s aggressive sustainability and energy conservation guidelines.

Campus and Civic Engagement

student gardening with kids

Goal

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

Key Progress

More than a dozen student groups are affiliated with GreenLeaders, a student council coordinated by the Office of Sustainability, and individuals across 35 departments participate as staff Ambassadors.

Energy

Goal

Reduce absolute campus greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Key Progress

Since the University's Energy Master Plan was established in 2008, annual energy savings of approximately $6.4 million and annual COreductions of more than 37,700 metric tons have been realized or identified for implementation.

Food

salad

Goal

Increase sustainable food purchases to 75 percent by 2020 and raise awareness about green dining.

Key Progress

Sustainable food purchases have increased from 36 percent in 2007 to 59 percent today, with 44 percent produced within 250 miles of campus. 

Landscape

green roof flowers

Goal

Create a vibrant, sustainable landscape and manage stormwater events with a campus-wide ecosystem approach.

Key Progress

In addition to its developing its comprehensive Stormwater Master Planning process, the campus has added over 2,964 trees to its landscape since 2007, resulting in nearly 12 acres of woodlands and five acres of open green space. 

Purchasing

recycled paper

Goal

Encourage sustainability in the supply chain and procurement of purchased goods and services.

Key Progress

In 2016, 91 percent of general-use office paper purchased was 100 percent post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free paper, up from 67 percent in 2008.

Research & Education

students collecting data in a stream

Goal

Cultivate leaders among students and engage researchers from multiple disciplines to advance global sustainability, using the campus as a living laboratory.

Key Progress

In 2014, 20 percent of graduating seniors representing at least 28 disciplines engaged academically in environmental studies and sustainability during their four years at Princeton.

Transportation

commuter train

Goal

Increase efficiency and reduce emissions associated with transportation, including reducing commuter car numbers by 750 (15 percent) between 2008 and 2020.

Key Progress

There are 615 fewer commuter cars on campus today compared to 2008 (an 13 percent reduction).

Waste Reduction

blue recycling bins

Goal

Reduce overall campus waste by 40 percent between 2006 and 2020.

Key Progress

Campus waste has decreased 34 percent per capita since 2006.

Water

man washing hands

Goal

Reduce overall campus water usage by 25 percent between 2006 and 2020.

Key Progress

Annual campus water usage has declined by 21 percent - or 50 million gallons - since 2006.