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.
An updated comprehensive Sustainability Impact Plan, expected to launch at the end of 2018, will support Princeton’s 30-year Strategic Plan Framework, with key elements fundamentally integrated into the 2026 Campus Plan. Since the launch of the Office of Sustainability in 2006, Princeton has documented 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 communications. Princeton is on track to meet its current greenhouse gas emissions goal of 1990 levels by 2020 without the purchase of market offsets. Efforts are currently underway to set the stage for net neutral CO2 equivalent campus emissions by 2046.