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Sustainability at AU

American University is committed to acting on our values through social responsibility, service, and an active pursuit of sustainability.

Culture of Sustainability

American University is proud to be a leader in sustainability. Sustainability is a culture that's visible the moment you step onto campus. Green buildings incorporate energy efficient technologies and a focus on human health. Environmentally conscious grounds management means we plant local and adaptive species. We use solar energy, strive for zero waste, and work with community partners to offer sustainable transportation. The culture of sustainability is evident through faculty research efforts, student involvement, and staff practices. These are just some of the elements that contribute to American University's commitment to having a small footprint. 

Learn more about these and other factors that contribute to the greening of AU and learn how you can engage in sustainability on campus by exploring the website. 

AU's electricity comes from 100% renewable sources. 21% less electricity used per sq. ft. since 2005. 6 LEED certified buildings. 7 solar panel installations on site.
AU's carbon offsets.
Efficient cookstoves in Kenya offset study-abroad air travel.
Planting trees in DC helps offset commuting.
Sustainable trucking operations offset university travel.
Landfill methane projects offset natural gas use & landfill waste.
84% AU students commute sustainably.
100% AU shuttle buses run on biodiesel.
Au is a bicycle friendly university.
>1 million u-Pass rides taken in the first year.

Campus Initiatives

Kenyan Woman Holding Cookstove

AU Offsets Study Abroad Travel Emissions

AU took a major step towards achieving its goal of carbon neutrality. 

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100 percent of electricity on campus is sourced from renewable energy.

Volunteer digs a hole in the background of a tree branch.

AU Plants 650 Trees in DC

This innovative program will offset the carbon emissions caused by students, faculty, and staff members who commute to campus.

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