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Sustainability at AU

American University is committed to acting on our values through social responsibility, service, and an active pursuit of sustainability.

Culture of Sustainability

American University is proud to be a leader in sustainability. Sustainability is a culture that's visible the moment you step onto campus. Green buildings incorporate energy efficient technologies and a focus on human health. Environmentally conscious grounds management means we plant local and adaptive species. We use solar energy, strive for zero waste, and work with community partners to offer sustainable transportation. The culture of sustainability is evident through faculty research efforts, student involvement, and staff practices. These are just some of the elements that contribute to American University's commitment to having a small footprint. 

Learn more about these and other factors that contribute to the greening of AU and learn how you can engage in sustainability on campus by exploring our website. 

Campus Initiatives

Student signing waste reduction pledge

Single-Use Plastic Reduction Campaign

Over 500 Students, faculty, and staff pledged to use reusable utensils. 

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50 Actions for 50 Years

Earth Day 2020

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by taking action through our #50Actions50Years campaign.

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Screenshot of Sustainability Tour Map

New Campus Sustainability Map

Virtually explore sustainable features of AU’s campus through this sustainability story map.

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Fast Facts

AU's electricity comes from 100% renewable sources. 21% less electricity used per sq. ft. since 2005. 6 LEED certified buildings. 7 solar panel installations on site.
AU's carbon offsets. Efficient cookstoves in Kenya offset study-abroad air travel.  Planting trees in DC helps offset commuting. Sustainable trucking operations offset university travel.  Landfill methane projects offset natural gas use & landfill waste.
84% AU students commute sustainably. 100% AU shuttle buses run on biodiesel. Au is a bicycle friendly university. >1 million u-Pass rides taken in the first year.