Even small campuses are large when it comes to purchasing power. Collectively, colleges and universities spend more than $360 billion a year. Spending a higher percentage of that money on environmentally friendly goods and services brings numerous benefits to campuses and their surrounding communities.

Such a policy can create new jobs, lower prices, boost environmental protection and build the market for environmentally friendly goods and services. Students can play key roles in helping their colleges and universities identify and purchase more environmentally friendly options, thus using this buying leverage to create more sustainable communities.

What can you do as a student to reduce your institution's waste and consumption?

Improve your campus recycling efforts- start a Zero Waste campaign.

Work with your food service vendors to compost pre and post-consumer food waste.

Engage with your office of sustainability to conduct a waste audit

The buying leverage can also be used to make current goods and services ‘greener.’ Colleges and universities have profound opportunities to influence each point along the lifecycles of these goods and services, from how products are made and where they come from to how they are packaged and used, and whether or not they are re-used and recycled

Student Art Contest


Enter the Endangered Species Day College Student Art Contest. Submission due March 31. Students ages 17-30 are eligible to enter. Learn more.