Recycling and reducing waste is one of Stevens' major sustainability initiatives. Through single stream recycling, water filling stations and the use of a biodigester, Stevens is committed to making the campus as green as possible.
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. It is important to make sure that we have — and will continue to have — the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.
In March 2020, Stevens Institute of Technology received a STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System) Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a nearly 1,000-member group of universities striving for environmentally-friendly campus facilities, social responsibility, and equitable work policies and work environments. This Gold rating builds on the Silver rating Stevens received in December 2015. AASHE has published a report that explains how Stevens reached Gold.
Stevens is one of only 126 universities in the United States to receive a Gold rating. Only eight universities have received Platinum. Stevens and Princeton are the only universities in New Jersey to receive a Gold rating.