Sustainable Initiatives

William Paterson University's (WPUNJ) sustainability efforts began over 15 years ago with efforts aimed at energy and emissions reduction.  As leaders in education and environmental stewardship, students, faculty, and staff at WPUNJ are committed to protecting and sustaining the environment through institutional processes, management of facilities, and curriculum. This leadership extends across the environmental spectrum from greenhouse gas reduction to preventing pollution of natural resources. WPUNJ is committed to sustainability through a formal policy and plan.  Goal 5f of the University’s Strategic Plan is to “Make the University a fully GREEN institution” over the next ten years.

  New construction and major renovations must meet LEED Gold standards, at a minimum. The Science Hall West building received a Green Building Design Award and the renovated Science Hall East building was also recognized for its adaptive reuse with a Green Building Design award as well.  The newly constructed University Hall is being assessed by the US Green Building Council for LEED Gold certification.  Additionally, five buildings have been retrofitted with white roofs and roof mounted solar PV installations are planned for three of these buildings. All of WPUNJ’s solid waste recycling is tracked and measured as part of an aggressive program to continuously improve and cut waste to an absolute minimum while maximizing recycling and the reuse of materials. WPUNJ is also pursuing food waste recycling to further reduce landfill waste.

  WPUNJ’s initiatives fully engage students—in addition to staff and faculty—in creating and maintaining a sustainable campus. As students graduate from WPUNJ and make their way across the globe, they will take these lessons with them and the impact will continue to grow.

Click here to view WPUNJ's Sustainabilty site. 

The WPUNJ Community can view commuter carbon footprint information here