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PLU was just recognized by two national organizations for our commitment to sustainability. Click here to learn more.

Sustainability: What's it all about?

Sustainability at PLU focuses on three key components: care for people, care for the planet, and prosperity, both now and in the future. These are values that emphasize the inseparable interrelation‐ships between environmental, economic, and ethical principles that call on all individuals and communities to ensure that our present way of life does not degrade that of future generations, but leaves the world a better place for all.

Much of the work on sustainability at PLU is supported by the Sustainability Committee with faculty, staff and student representation. Over the years, significant strides toward becoming an environmentally responsible and sustainable campus have been made. As we Lutes attempt to define what sustainability could look like on campus, we are fortunate to have several resources available to us.   We can draw on strengths from our enthusiastic leadership, and informed student body, as well as tactical resources like the Sustainability Office and Student Green Fund.

In 2007, PLU signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.  In the commitment, we pledge to carbon neutrality by 2020.  Check out our most recent progress report in 2011’s CO2 inventory.

PLU also participates in AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System.  Our submission was the first of any college or university in the nation.

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In Spring 2014, Pacific Lutheran University has partnered with Keep America Beautiful, CURC, and Goodwill Industries to pilot the Give and Go program.


RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction.

Campus Initiatives

In order for PLU to become fully carbon neutral by the year 2020, actions must be taken and initiatives must be put into place.