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 December 2015, Stevens Institute of Technology received a STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System) Silver ranking 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. The fact that this ranking was achieved just over one year after becoming an AASHE member speaks to Stevens' dedication to innovation and long-standing commitment to sustainability.

Better Buildings Challenge

Participating in and committing to the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge is another way for Stevens to show its dedication to sustainability on campus and surrounding communities. Better Buildings is designed to improve people's lives by driving leadership in energy innovation, accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices. Stevens is eager to join other higher education institutions in the Better Buildings Challenge and set an example for others. 

Sustainability Efforts at Stevens

Recycling is important to Stevens

Recycling

Recycling and reducing waste is one of Stevens' major sustainability initiatives. From single stream recycling and water filling stations to the use of solar compactors and 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 Campus Facilities & Operations as developed a plan to reduce their environment footprint through energy efficiency and conservation initiatives. Solar panel installation campus and becoming an Energy Star partner are just two ways Stevens has dedicated itself to energy sustainability. 

How Stevens is Increasing Energy Conservation and Efficiency
One of many campus shuttles

Transportation

With thousands of students and staff, Stevens has developed a plan to reduce harm vehicle emissions by offering campus shuttles, participating in bike share programs, and a car share program through ZipCar. 

Transportation and Sustainability
Refilling a bottle of water

Water Conservation

Stevens has introduced water filling stations around campus to help its water conservation initiative. Learn more about how the university is conserving water. 

Water Conservation

Purchasing

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

Purchasing
Female student who supports uses local ingredients

Food

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