Office of Sustainability celebrates decade of progress
by the Office of Sustainability
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.
Led by founding director Shana Weber, the office responds to global challenges through investigating the campus as a scalable, solutions-based demonstration site. The office mission is to cultivate an ethos of sustainability on campus by bridging academics, operations and campus life.
Guiding the University and office's efforts since 2008 is the 2020 Sustainability Plan, which set ambitious goals in three areas: greenhouse gas emissions reduction; resource conservation; and research, education and civic engagement. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions include the construction of a 27-acre solar field, and a geothermal heating and cooling system for the Lakeside graduate housing community; making improvements in building and energy plant systems; reducing commuter cars; and encouraging conservation among campus energy users. Resource conservation initiatives have included decreasing water use and paper use; recycling more construction waste; increasing donation options for students at move-out; and purchasing more food locally and sustainably.