American Studies

Welcome to Wesleyan Sustainability!

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 action, dining and food, engagement and events, energy, waste reductiongreen building and grounds, transportation, purchasing, and water

What's New?

Waste Not

The 6th annual Waste Not Tag Sale will be held on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday August 31st from 12-3 PM in the garages behind 58 Fountain and 44 Brainerd.  Visit the Waste Not page for information on pricing and items available.  Please note that this year, Fountain Ave. will sell furniture and rugs only.  All other items will be for sale at Brainerd Ave.

Eco Facilitators Program

The Sustainability Office is launching the Eco Facilitators Program in Fall 2014 and hired our first class of 12 EFs in April!  Eco Facilitators (EFs) are peer-to-peer sustainability educators who promote sustainable lifestyle habits on campus. EFs will enroll in a year-long seminar course designed to equip them with the tools to collaborate with first-year students to encourage these behavior changes.  Two receptions and information sessions for incoming students will be held on Friday, August 29th from 10-11 and 12:30-1:30 PM (location TBD). 

Sustainability Action Plan

We are in the process of writing our first Sustainability Action Plan and are currently developing goals, objectives, and strategies in working groups.  A first draft will be complete by Fall 2014.


In October, Wesleyan received a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) Silver rating following our year-long evaluation, put out by AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)!  We're proud of our efforts and are looking forward to using our STARS data to set new goals.  Learn more about what we're doing to promote sustainability on the STARS website and check out our first STARS Report.