Princeton University sustainability plan aims for net zero emissions by 2046

Written by
Emily Aronson
Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
April 22, 2019

Home to some of the world’s leading environmental researchers investigating ways to improve sustainability, Princeton University also has taken a leadership role in modeling for other large institutions how they can reduce their carbon footprint.

By supporting bold targets with concrete plans to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Princeton aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2046, which is the University’s 300th anniversary.

Princeton’s sustainability goals rely on interwoven approaches: building evidence through academic and operational research projects; collaborating across units and departments; and engaging faculty, staff, students and alumni in various ways to spur action and forge solutions.

A Sustainability Action Plan announced in 2019 builds on the University’s progress during the previous 10 years in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, designing efficient buildings, encouraging alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles, and adopting award-winning practices in sustainable dining, construction and other University operations.

The plan includes action items that will continue to push Princeton forward in energy, waste and water reduction; alternative modes of transportation; healthy water and habitats; responsible development; and sustainable purchasing. 

Through these targeted approaches, Princeton hopes to uncover best practices and innovation that can be scaled for the campus, the community and the world.

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