Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA, US

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At WPI, learning has always been about combining theory and practice. In today’s complex world, sustainable solutions must incorporate both of these concepts. WPI students are introduced to sustainability challenges through WPI’s two-course Great Problems … read more
Credit Status
Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
Credit Status
Research and Scholarship Complete
Support for Research Complete
Open Access to Research Complete
Campus Engagement
WPI engages students and employees in sustainability through an Eco-Reps program as well as an active Student Green Team. In recent years, these groups have organized a variety of sustainability outreach programs, including a dorm … read more
Credit Status
Student Educators Program Complete
Student Orientation Complete
Student Life Complete
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete
Outreach Campaign Complete
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete
Employee Educators Program Complete
Employee Orientation Complete
Staff Professional Development Complete
Public Engagement
Air & Climate
The institute's sustainability plan calls for a GHG reduction plan. This is in progress. State regulations require that WPI measure and report GHG; this is done by a third party. Smoking has been prohibited on … read more
Credit Status
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Complete
WPI has five LEED certified buildings, two of which are Gold Certified. All new construction must be LEED certifiable. Routine cleaning uses only environmentally friendly certified products. Major renovations in the past five years comprise … read more
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Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
"Significant initiative over the past four years to make reduction in energy consumption for both climate control and lighting. In 2013, the Energy Sustainability Project Center was founded to match students with faculty and project … read more
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Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Food & Dining
Chartwells, WPI contract dining service, purchases foods with zero trans fats, renewable packaging, certified humane/cage free shell eggs, rBGH free milk, social and ecological certified coffee, foods that are grown locally whenever possible, poultry and … read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Sustainable Dining Complete
WPI uses Bartlett Tree Experts to manage much of its landscaping and pest control. Bartlett Tree prides itself on its integrated pest management practice and its care for the environment. Additionally, WPI has replaced annual … read more
Credit Status
Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Not Pursuing
Credit Status
Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Coordination & Planning
WPI Task Force on Sustainability provides leadership and coordination for WPI's campus-wide efforts in energy and resource conservation and reduction in the harmful environmental impacts of our operations. The task force produces an Annual Sustainability … read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Complete
Participatory Governance Complete
Diversity & Affordability
Investment & Finance
Credit Status
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing
Sustainable Investment Not Pursuing
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing
Wellbeing & Work

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