Princeton University strives to cultivate an ethos of sustainability on campus, in service to the world, by meaningfully demonstrating sustainability in all dimensions of life and work on campus. This University-wide program encourages participation in sustainability as service to human and environmental health through teaching and research, life on campus, operations and administration, and partnerships and communication.
Building on its 2008 Sustainability Plan, Princeton released an updated comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan in April 2019, supporting Princeton’s 30-year Strategic Plan Framework and its 2026 Campus Plan. Highlights include a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2046 through direct reduction in the combustion of fossil fuels and other initiatives. Over the past decade and in response to escalating global challenges, Princeton has tracked substantive improvements in performance across a number of systems including energy, transportation, food systems, water use, construction waste management, stormwater management and green building; as well as expansion of sustainability-focused academic research and teaching; increased student and staff engagement; and outreach.
Princeton is on track to meet its current greenhouse gas emissions goal of 1990 levels by 2020 without the purchase of market offsets.