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 Spring 2022, Stevens conducted its inaugural Sustainability Culture Assessment. Student assessment results and employee assessment results indicate both groups are making positive steps in their lives but there is also work to do. Stevens will use the assessment results to improve sustainability efforts at Stevens. 

Sustainability has taken center stage at Stevens with a recent story about the many ways Stevens is working toward a greener future. 

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. 


Sustainability Efforts at Stevens

Recycling is important to Stevens


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. 

Recycling Programs at Stevens
Solar panels on top of a building at Stevens

Energy Efficiency & Conservation

The Division of Facilities & Campus Operations has developed a plan to reduce their environment footprint through energy efficiency and conservation initiatives. Solar panel installation on campus and becoming an Energy Star partner are just two ways Stevens has dedicated itself to energy sustainability. 

Energy Conservation
One of many campus shuttles


With thousands of students, faculty, and staff, Stevens has developed a plan to reduce harmful vehicle emissions by participating in Hoboken's bike share program, promoting public transit use, encouraging carpools, and partnering with Zipcar for car sharing. 

Transportation and Sustainability
Refilling a bottle of water

Water Conservation

Stevens has water filling stations around campus to help its water conservation initiative.

Water Conservation


Through sustainable purchasing, Stevens contributes to reduced fuel emissions to transport products, increased local economies, and improved relationships with suppliers.

Female student who supports uses local ingredients


Reducing food waste, buying local and organic produce and implementing a 'Meatless Monday' initiative are just a few of the sustainable food efforts at Stevens. 

Sustainable Food Efforts

Sustainability By the Numbers