I have an idea to improve sustainability on campus, what should I do? 

Read the other FAQs below and reach out to us at sec@su.wustl.edu to find out what we know about the status of that idea on campus. We meet regularly with offices like the Office of Sustainability and Dining Services and can connect you with them and any students already working on those projects. We have found a united front is most effective! SSB may also be able to fund your project.

What is the status of composting on campus? Is anyone working on this issue?

BD is the only dining hall to currently offer composting bins. Bauer is the only dining hall to offer compostable utensils, but does not have composting bins. Students are working with many offices to help expand composting on campus. Composting is currently being piloted in five dorms, thanks to our WUGAs. See our Make Your Event Sustainable page to get compostables at your event.

What is the status of reusable to-go boxes on campus? Is anyone working on this issue?

Currently, the Eco To-Go box program is dwindling. You can still ask at food stations and look by the salad bar in Paw N Go to see if they have them. You can read more about the history of Eco To-Go. Students are working with many offices to bring a better system to campus within the next year.

What is the status of plastic straws on campus? Is anyone working on this issue?

Currently WashU still has plastic straws on campus, but some people are looking into alternatives. Bon Appetit, our dining services company, is phasing out plastic straws company-wide, but WashU has opted to keep them. We are working on this issue and need your help! If you do not need a plastic straw, do not take one from the dining halls. Drink straight from the cup, purchase a reusable mug, or purchase a reusable metal straw. Contact us to join our efforts in finding a solution to our plastic straw use.

What can be recycled? 

Recycling Guide: FAQs