Sustainability Plans

Wesleyan University is committed to building a sustainable planet.  Climate change and a rapidly changing world provide us with the impetus to take greater steps toward a sustainable future.  We seek to be an institution on the forefront of sustainable change, one that promotes environmental, social, and financial sustainability in everything that we do.  Sustainability is not an end goal, but an ongoing process. 

The 2016-2021 Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) was written with input from over 130 students, faculty, and staff and with information gathered in Wesleyan's STARS evaluation.  It expands on the 2010 Climate Action Plan to include a greater focus on academics and social sustainability.  The SAP builds a framework toward a sustainable future by guiding our actions over the next five years.  It establishes goals, objectives, strategies, timelines, metrics, and responsible parties in topic areas.

Wesleyan adopted the Sustainability Strategic Plan (SSP) in spring 2022, which builds on the lessons learned from the SAP. The SSP builds a roadmap toward a sustainable future by establishing broad goals and objective over the coming decades. Teams of faculty, staff, students, and alumni will develop action targets, metrics, and timelines to monitor progress and will report regularly through the sustainability website.