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 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.