Sustainability in Practice

Green Campus: Sustainability in Practice

Sustainability is a core, university-wide commitment at WSU. Since our first all-university committee on sustainability was formed in 2007, we have been working together to understand the issues related to developing a sustainable future, and to build an infrastructure and curriculum to meet that need.


Housing

In 2012, the university opened the Sustainability House, a renovated property adjacent to the university. The house was designed to be as sustainable as possible within the confines of its budget, and is meant to serve as a model residence demonstrating good building practices and conscientious use of the land. Currently, a cohort of US military veteran’s is using the house as a residence and communal space.


Dining

WSU Campus Dining Services takes sustainable practices and sustainable food systems seriously, offering Fair Trade, organic, shade-grown coffees, cage-free eggs, and local pork products from Winona Farms. They make sure the "Lights are Off" during non-serving hours and they recycle fryer oil for biodiesel. They use compostable paper products and reduce unnecessary food waste by having the students go trayless. These and many more sustainable dining practices really add up.


Transportation

Today's volume of transportation emits significant carbon into the atmosphere. WSU offers numerous transportation solutions to our students and staff in an effort to lessen harmful emissions and increase fun ways to travel.

Campus Vehicles include electric trucks in our Facilities Fleet and hybrid cars in the WSU Motor Pool for official school business. The electric trucks cost about 2 cents per mile to operate and have zero tailpipe emissions.

WSU has designated parking spots for low-emission vehicles, and the university is investigating the possibility of providing charging stations for electric vehicles.

Planning

WSU continues to plan for the future with the sustainability in mind. Our new Student Green Fee is designed to harness the passion and energy of students to help improve our operational practices and our physical spaces.