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, Green Teamstudent involvement, and our specific initiatives: climate actionbuilding and groundsdining and food, engagement and events, energy, waste reductiontransportation, purchasing, and water

What's New

Waste Not Tag Sale Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, September 5 (11 AM -2 PM), and Sunday, September 6 (1 - 4 PM)

Location 1: Garage behind 58 Fountain Ave. (couches, chairs, futons, other furniture, rugs) Note: this location will likely be open only on Saturday

Location 2: Garage behind 44 Brainerd Ave. (mini fridges, microwaves, lamps, mirrors, fans, electronics, kitchen appliances, hangers, decorations, school supplies, household items, and much more)

Contact with any questions about the sale!

New Recycling Station

There's a new (bright green) recycling location in Exley lobby near Pi Cafe for batteries, CDs, ink cartridges, string lights, CFLs, and other non-conventional recyclables.  To recycle other items, visit the where we recycle page.


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.

Solarize Wesleyan

Wesleyan is one of six CT universities taking part in the Solarize U program to promote solar installations on faculty and staff homes.  The program ends August 31st.


DeNeile Cooper '15 has created a new interactive composting map!

Energy Conservation Policy

Wesleyan has adopted a new policy to reduce energy use and costs and reduce our carbon footprint through adjusting building temperatures.

Sustainability Action Plan

Drafts of Wesleyan's first Sustainability Action Plan are complete. The sections are currently being reviewed and will be complete in Fall 2015.