American Studies

Welcome to Sustainability at Wesleyan!

Wesleyan University has been actively promoting sustainability since the 1980s.  Through the efforts of the Wesleyan Sustainability Office, Sustainability Advisory Group (SAGES), and the campus community, Wesleyan has expanded its sustainability efforts, which now include include a climate action plan and many sustainability policies and projects. Please look through the links to the left to learn more about SAGES, the Sustainability Office, student involvement, and our specific initiatives: climate actionbuilding and groundsdining and food, engagement and events, energy, waste reductiontransportation, purchasing, and water

What's New?

Solarize Wesleyan

Wesleyan is taking part in a new program to promote solar installations on faculty and staff homes.  For more information, visit our Solarize page or attend one of the info sessions on February 4th or 5th.


Did you know that faculty and staff can now participate in Bon Appétit’s Eco-to-Go program?   Eco-to-Go is available at Usdan and Summerfields dining halls. Employees who wish to join the program pay a one-time $5.00 fee to buy-in. Participants get an Eco-to-Go key chain when they sign up; this key chain can get swapped for a reusable container after a meal. Participants can bring back containers to be washed by Bon Appetit staff in exchange for a new container or a key chain to use at their next visit.

Non-conventional recycling

Due to the Exley Science Center lobby renovation, the current recycling location for batteries, CDs, ink cartridges, and other recyclables has been temporarily removed.  A new lobby collection area will appear soon; in the meantime, visit the where we recycle page to learn how to recycle these and other non-conventional recyclables.

Winter coat drive

Usdan Administration is collecting teen and adult winter coats for students in need from warmer climates or who simply can’t afford one.  Contact Michelle Myers-Brown at for more information.

Energy Conservation Policy

Wesleyan has adopted a new policy to reduce energy use and costs and reduce our carbon footprint through adjusting building temperatures.  Learn more about the policy and how to keep comfortable here.

Sustainability Action Plan

Drafts of Wesleyan's first Sustainability Action Plan are complete!  The nine sections are currently being reviewed and will be open for public comment later this semester.  A final plan is expected for May 2015.