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AU is proud to be carbon neutral

AU is Now Carbon Neutral

American University is proud to be the first university in the United States to reach carbon neutrality. Through our innovative approach to reducing emissions, using green power, and purchasing strategic carbon offsets, we achieved this milestone two years early. Sustainability is part of our culture, history, and values and we will continue to combat climate change.

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Waste Not, Want Not

The carbon neutrality announcement made me feel like we’ve had an actual impact

I'm proud of my role in AU carbon neutrality. As a Student Sustainability Educator, I table at events and monitor trashcans to conduct waste management. Since this process may be new to some of our students, we explain how their actions and consumption patterns on campus affect the university's waste stream.

Student Sustainability Educators work with the Office of Sustainability on programs around campus.

Discover your future with AU

Six months after graduation,

% of Graduates are now Working, Grad School, or Both

% of Graduates Participated in an Internship

Top Employers
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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2015—2017.

Life at AU

AU students are passionate, and that's definitely the case for these Green Eagles who champion sustainability efforts on campus. Find out more about how you can get involved.

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AU News & Events

Solar panels on the roof of an AU building. As part of the carbon neutral plan, about 2,500 solar panels were installed on campus. AU also entered into a partnership to install solar panels in North Carolina.

Achievements ·

Red, Blue—And Green: American University Achieves Carbon Neutrality

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Summer 2018: This summer know life at AU. Precollege summer programs for high school students. Register today.
Three student sustainability educators. Faith Lewis (left), Matilda Kitabwalla, and Danielle Smith. Sitting in the atrium of the School of International Service.

Environment ·

Three Students, One Mission: Promoting Sustainability at AU

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Man is planting trees.

Announcement ·

American University Launches Innovative Carbon Offset Program in Washington, D.C.

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Gates Scholars pose with Fanta Aw

Student Life ·

Gates Scholars Raise the Bar

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Sustainability At A Glance

Carbon Neutrality at AU = 10,000 passenger vehicles off the road per year

AU's electricity comes from 100 percent renewable sources

208 tons of waste were composted by AU in 2017