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The Office of Sustainability provides leadership and direction for sustainability programs at WPI. The Office coordinates efforts across WPI’s administrative, academic, and facilities areas in order to reach WPI’s sustainability goals. The Office includes a Director, Associate Director, a group of dedicated student interns and WPI’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. Each year the office issues an Annual Report documenting WPI’s current status with regard to sustainability aspects ranging from greenhouse gas emissions to energy research projects and community engagement. Through these efforts, we strive to position WPI as a leader in sustainability efforts on campus, in the Worcester community, and globally.  For questions or comments please email green@wpi.edu.

Featured Sustainability News
Find out more about the next Sustainability Plan
See the Recyclemania 2019 Results
Learn About the Sustainability Engineering Minor
Read the 2018 Sustainability Report
Green Revolving Fund’s Community Initiative

WPI's 12th Annual Sustainability Project Competition

WPI students have submitted sustainability-themed projects in one of three categories: first-year, undergraduate, or graduate. These projects each address a present societal need without compromising our ability to meet the needs of future generations. Projects address environmental, social, and/or economic topics that relate to sustainability. Judges for the competition include WPI staff and faculty as well as regional sustainability experts.

Please join us in the opportunity to share and celebrate the hard work and many ways in which the WPI community is contributing to a sustainable future by visiting the virtual exhibition!

Sustainability Comic

This awesome comic was made by Isabelle Cordova and Colette Webster as part of the WR 2310 class. 

Announcements

May 05, 2020
George C. Gordon Library, Project-based Learning, Sustainability
May 01, 2020
George C. Gordon Library, Sustainability
April 22, 2020
George C. Gordon Library, Global Lab, School of Arts & Sciences, Sustainability

Sustainability News

Climate change banner with power plant smokestack in background
September 13, 2019
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Paul Mathisen, director of sustainability and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, gathers community input during a kickoff event for the next sustainability plan.
January 25, 2019

Featured Projects / Initiatives

Green2Go

The Green2Go program attempts to reduce the single use waste generated by disposable containers in dining locations on campus. To learn more about recycling on campus, check out the recycling guidelines.

Gompei's Gears Bike Share

Gompei's Gears promotes the use of sustainable transportation with a free to use bike share program for WPI students. 

Green Revolving Fund

WPI’s GRF supports sustainability projects that will generate financial returns, reduce environmental impact or carbon emissions, enhance the academic climate, and engage the WPI community. 

WPI'S SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

The WPI Sustainability Plan is an initiative launched by the WPI Task Force on Sustainability in the Spring of 2012. Our progress can be seen in the Annual Sustainability Reports listed on this page.

WPI's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan commits us to a reduction in our gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions for 20% from FY14 to FY25. A summary of the plan is here and the complete report is here.

STARS Gold Rating

WPI is proud to announce that we have earned a STARS Gold rating!  STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.  With more than 800 participants on six continents, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in four overall areas: 1) academics, 2) engagement, 3) operations, and 4) planning and administration. 

Official Citation by The Massachusetts Senate

WPI has been recognized with an Official Citation from the Massachusetts Senate. The Senate congratulates WPI for its involvement in the MassEVolve program and its continued efforts for promoting clean transportation. 

 

MassEVolve is a state-run program to help companies in Massachusetts to promote zero-emission vehicles (ZEV). Participates must create and implement a ZEV action plan to increase access to clean transportation. Over the last few years, WPI has participated with MassEVolve by facilitating the adoption of electric vehicles on campus with electric car shows and installing electric vehicle charging stations on campus.