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Sustainable Grounds

Photo of the hallway in front of the American University bookstore as seen from outside of the Tunnel. Flower pots with flowers in full bloom are in front of the building


More than just a pretty place, the arboretum is a leader in sustainable management of an urban landscape. In 2006 AU launched the American Dream is Green campaign. Our new LEED Certified Gold School of International Service building showcases many new green technologies. In 2008 the university joined 200 other institutions when President Neil Kerwin signed the American College and Presidents Climate Commitment. This ambitious commitment challenges AU to develop a plan to become carbon neutral. And the arboretum remains a big part of American University’s commitment to promote environmental stewardship.

For more information on our sustainable practices on our grounds, click on the related link on the side.