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American University is Proud to be a Tobacco- and Smoke Free Campus

American University is Proud to Be Tobacco and Smoke-Free.

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Host a Sustainable Event

Hosting an event on campus? Reduce, reuse, rethink by following our green event guidelines

We're on our way to Zero Waste

American University is committed to strive for zero waste sent to landfill and incineration.

Throw away doesn't mean go away, so we're on our way to Zero Waste.

Personal Electronic Waste Drive

The next personal e-waste drive will be on Campus Beautification Day in April 2017.

Quad 8:00AM-12:00PM

All electronics are reused or recycled. Data will be wiped according to the Department of Defense Standards. Appliances are not accepted.  
AU owned electronics must go through Please email AU Surplus to schedule a pick-up.

AU owned electronics? Please send an email to:

What AU is doing to eliminate waste

Zero waste containers

New zero waste containers at SIS

  • In 2010, AU adopted a Zero Waste Policy mandating the creation of a team to develop a plan for reducing and diverting 100% of the university's waste stream.
  • AU collects paper towel waste from all restrooms around campus separately. Student sustainability educators audited the campus waste stream and discovered that paper towels represent 13 percent of AU's waste. 
  • The university is reducing solid waste by replacing bottled water with inline water filters.
  • In fall 2009, AU eliminated trays in the Terrace Dining Hall, reducing food waste by an estimated 32 percent.
  • The university reuses and recycles surplus furniture by partnering with several area surplus and reuse centers.
  • In 2009, the university recycled 43 percent of the solid waste generated on campus by presorting cans, glass, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, batteries, cell phone batteries, cell phones, and fluorescent lights.
  • We collect and recycle vehicle waste including lubricants, antifreeze, oil filters, tires, and batteries.
  • University-owned electronics equipment can be recycled bysimply e-mailing
  • Personal electronics waste can be recycled at our quarterly e-waste recycling drives.
  • We collect kitchen grease from TDR for recycling.