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

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

The 43 water bottle filling stations on campus have diverted over 1,000,000 plastic bottles from landfills.

WPI is home to three electric vehicle charging stations, all of which are open for use by the Worcester community.

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