A photo of an energy-saving lightbulb on the ground in front of the Sports & Recreation Center.

Celebrating Earth Day: Sustainability by the Numbers

April 19, 2018
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Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, but at WPI, we're committed to sustainability every week of the year. Check out just a few of the ways the campus community has come together to decrease electricity use, increase water conservation, and cut down on vehicle emissions, all while taking steps toward a more sustainable planet.

  • 1,548,425 kWh: overall consumption of electricity decreased during FY17 (a reduction of 5% from FY16).
  • 143: the number of average U.S. households that could be powered for an entire year by this annual energy savings.
  • 174,803: number of average-sized bathtubs that could be filled with the amount of water conserved on campus in FY17.
  • 1,080,862: number of plastic bottles diverted from landfills thanks to the 43 water bottle filling stations on campus.  
  • 6,182: number of kg of GHG emissions that were avoided as a result of WPI’s 3 dual electric vehicle charging stations, which are open to the Worcester community to use.
  • 5,818: pounds of e-waste recycled by the WPI Green Team during the last E-Waste Drive

Sustainability in Action

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A student stands at a water fountain and prepares to refill her water bottle.
The 43 water bottle filling stations on campus have diverted over 1,000,000 plastic bottles from landfills.

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Cars parked at one of the electric charging stations on campus.
WPI is home to three electric vehicle charging stations, all of which are open for use by the Worcester community.

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The LEED-certified seal on display in the Sports & Recreation Center.
The Sports & Recreation Center is just one of four (soon to be five) LEED-certified buildings on campus.

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