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

New Recycling Stations

There are two new (bright green) recycling locations on campus!  One is in Exley lobby (near Pi Cafe) and the second is in Usdan (by the north entrance).  Both stations accept 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.


DeNeile Cooper '15 has created a new interactive composting map!  For information on Wesleyan's composting programs, click here.

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.

Energy Conservation Policy

In 2014, Wesleyan adopted a policy to reduce energy use and costs and reduce our carbon footprint through adjusting building temperatures.