The Office of Sustainability develops, coordinates and supports the aggressive sustainability initiatives at Princeton University. We work collaboratively with our students, faculty, staff, regional and national affairs offices, as well as with our local Princeton community to promote sustainability efforts and practices. With our networking and collaborative efforts, we are also part of a larger professional community promoting sustainability initiatives at other colleges and universities.

For more detail on our department, feel free to explore our organizational chart or find a team member in our staff directory to the right.

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In The News

  • May. 8, 2019

    Recent changes in the global recycling industry have presented us with an opportunity to restructure our campus recycling collection program with an emphasis on improving our sorting strategies and reducing contamination. A Facilities working group was recently formed to develop these strategies. Please be patient as we work to design a recycling system that will be consistent across our entire campus. 

  • May. 8, 2019

    It is that time of year, and whether this is your first move-out or your last, we often get questions about how this all works. Facilities helps with some move-out activities, and thanks to Facilities Customer Service we compiled answers to our top five move-out questions.

  • Apr. 22, 2019

    We welcome the new Sustainability Action Plan: Toward 2026 and Beyond on Earth Day and want to recognize our many Facilities staff members who play a role in planning and reaching our sustainability objectives.

More news

  • Feb. 13, 2019

    We are proud to say over 250 Princeton University mattresses have been diverted from landfill garbage, thanks to a relationship with Renewable Recycling we began last summer. And that number will continue to rise. 

  • Jan. 22, 2019

    Princeton University’s latest sustainable innovation can be found along the edge of campus just behind FitzRandolph Observatory. There, under a white tent, hums a new biodigester that turns food waste into nutrient-rich compost. Since operations began in fall 2018, more than 16 tons of food scraps have been converted into compost.

  • Jul. 25, 2018

    Princeton's Sustainability Staff Ambassadors play a vital role in the University’s sustainability efforts. Each fall, staff from across campus volunteer to participate in a one-year collaborative training program, and subsequently serve as sustainability representatives in their home departments, offices, or groups as well as in the wider community.

  • Jun. 22, 2018

    No, we're not trying to pull the wool over your eyes - say hello to the newest maintenance system at the Solar field. Ewe might think that this tight-knit crew just gets along on a few blades of grass, but we assure you they have the shear determination to get the job done.

  • Mar. 14, 2018

    Go behind the scenes of our Resource Recovery Program, including how to find us!

    Special thanks to the Office of Sustainability, video by Jared Flesher.

  • Jan. 19, 2018

    Our new Biodigester is here! From supporting our sustainability goals to amending campus soil to providing new educational opportunities, the biodigester is a key part of a new pilot study investigating the potential for food waste recovery and conversion directly on campus. Check out the Biodigester Blog and follow its journey. 

  • Nov. 7, 2017

    What really happens to our recycling stream on campus? Come see our waste audit Friday, November 10 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and ask questions, watch demos and learn ways to improve your own recycling decisions.

  • Oct. 5, 2017

    Check out all the exciting events and efforts on campus promoting Campus Sustainability Month, from a clothing swap to the Feed Truck!

  • Mar. 13, 2017

    With the help of Facilities and an outside beekeeper, a bee hive discovered near McCosh Hall was recently removed. The bees were removed alive and relocated by the Director of the Office of Sustainability, Shana Weber, who transported the bees to her home hives. Pictured are Drew Slimmer and John Castles of Facilities, enjoying the bee's sweet tasting, previous home.

  • Nov. 2, 2016

    The University’s Office of Sustainability celebrated its tenth anniversary with a party at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment on Friday, Oct. 21.

  • Nov. 2, 2016

    As Princeton University recently recast its motto from “in the nation’s service” to “in the nation’s service and the service of humanity,” Sustainability Office Founding Director Shana Weber noted that the University’s “focus on the ethos of service aligns perfectly with the objective of sustainability. It’s all part of the same desire for healthy systems for people and planets.”

  • Nov. 2, 2016

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Princeton University's Office of Sustainability, the hub that supports, monitors and connects initiatives across campus focused on cultivating positive global and local impacts in the environment. 

Did you know?

  • Facilities Building Services custodians and janitors are using “Blue Cleaning” techniques and materials to reduce the amount of cleaning chemicals used on Campus.