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Sustainability at AU

The entire ӳ community contributes to sustainability progress. From sorting waste correctly to building sustainable buildings and from choosing to bike to managing our grounds sustainably, we all play an important role.

Culture of Sustainability

ӳ 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 ӳ'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. 

Get Involved

More ways to get involved

Join the 2024 Campus Race to Zero Waste

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The 2024 Campus Race to Zero Waste kicks off January 28th! AU will compete against other U.S. colleges and universities to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.

During the eight weeks of competition, look forward to weekly events, and detailed updates on our progress toward reducing our waste. You can prepare for the competition by double-checking our guides to sorting waste on campus and following us on .

Learn more and get involved with the competition here.

Campus Initiatives

Waste Reduction Campaign

EcoPledge Program

Commit to making sustainable choices on campus and in your life and earn sustainable prizes.

Take the EcoPledge

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AU Plastic Reduction

Learn about how AU is commited to reducing plastic water bottle waste on campus and ways that you can influence change. 

Learn More

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Take a Virtual Sustainability Tour

Explore sustainable features of AU’s campus through our online story map.

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