Sustainable Living Guides

There are countless ways to integrate more sustainability into daily life on and off campus. The Office of Sustainability has created sustainable living guides applicable to all students, staff, and faculty.

  • Green Events Guide

    Green Events Guide

    Your guide to hosting green events on campus. Whether you are hosting a research conference, student organization gathering, department-wide celebration, small team meeting, or lunch seminar, by using the Green Events Guide, any campus event can contribute to the University’s goals of minimizing waste and reducing our environmental footprint.

  • Green Office Guide

    Green Office Guide

    Your guide to to a green office at Catholic University. Staff and faculty can directly contribute to achieving the University's sustainability goals by adopting sustainable practices in all campus offices. The Green Office Guide provides actionable, no-cost steps for staff and faculty to use to integrate sustainability into their daily work and office culture to reduce waste; reduce energy, water, and purchasing costs; and create a healthier work environment for everyone.

  • Sustainable Move-In Guide

    Sustainable Move-In Guide

    Your guide to eco-living on campus.

    Eco-Friendly Move-In

    August 11, 2020
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    While safety during the pandemic is paramount, move-ins and campus living can be eco-friendly. This blog will present some tips and strategies for freshmen students as they arrive and thrive on campus.

  • Sustainable Move-Out Guide

    Eco-Friendly Move-Out

    Be an environmental steward by donating your unwanted clothes, books, furniture, food, and other items before you leave campus.

  • Dorm Room Sustainability

    Dorm Room Sustainability

    September 16, 2020
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    Now that the newest class of first years is settled in on campus here are some tips on how to maintain a sustainable dorm room throughout the academic year. Many of the tips below are focused on reducing waste, energy, and water. Challenge yourself to pick one or two actions to turn into habits. 

  • Sustainability At Home

    Zero Waste Living

    August 2020
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    For those residing primarily at home, here are some tips on how to live more sustainably. These best practices focus on zero waste. Zero waste moves beyond the practice of recycling and shifts focus to waste prevention that encourages reuse.

    Mindful Living

    August 26, 2020
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    For those residing primarily at home, here are some tips on how to live more sustainably. These best practices are beneficial to the environment, build community, and can help care for others. They also have the added benefit of helping you relax, refresh, and recharge your mind and body between class or work.

    Energy and Water

    August 17, 2020
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    For those residing primarily at home, here are some tips on how to reduce your energy and water use. These best practices are not only beneficial to the environment but also can save your household money.

    Maintaining Environmental Gains in the Age of COVID-19

    June 10, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc globally this year. In response to the efforts taken to counter the spread of this virus, positive environmental trends have been identified. These are efforts that can be taken to capitalize on these trends and make them the norm.

Sustainability During the Holidays

Every day and every holiday is an opportunity to create sustainable habits and traditions. Learn how to have a sustainable celebration with these holiday sustainability guides.
  • Thanksgiving

    A Sustainable Thanksgiving

    November 2021

    Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving sustainably and safely this year with these sustainability tips.

  • Christmas

    A Sustainable Christmas

    December 2021

    The holidays are here! Here are some sustainability tips and strategies for before, during, and after the holidays this year.

  • New Years

    Sustainable New Years Resolutions

    December 2021

    This coming year, consider resolutions to help you eat healthier, be more active, spend less money, and try new things - all while being sustainable.

  • Earth Day

    Earth Month 2021

    April 2021
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    This Earth Month, learn how Catholic U is celebrating with events focused on restoring our communities.

    Let's Celebrate the Earth!

    April 16, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    In honor of Earth day, learn more about the efforts that led to a worldwide movement for responsible environmental practices and awareness. 

Sustainability on Campus

Stay current on the latest sustainability initiatives and actions at Catholic University. 

  • Staff and Student Spotlights

    Learn about the staff and students working in the Office of Sustainability and what inspires their passion around sustainability.

    Sustainability Staff

    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    Gabrielle Jette

    Sustainable Living Office Students

    Allie Lajeunesse

    Holly Thompson

    Julianna Okupsky

    Juli Walsh

    Nolan Brockmeyer

  • Utility, Waste, and Emissions Trends

    Understanding Campus Utilities and Waste

    March 2022
    Julianna Okupski

    How well is Catholic University meeting its sustainability goals? Learn about our energy, water, and waste use in this new blog post exploring current trends and ways each of us can contribute to meeting our sustainability goals.

    2020 Cutting Down Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    May 13, 2021
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    Learn about the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions at the University, current trends, and what we can do to minimize emissions. 

    2020 Campus Utilities and Waste - Part 2

    February 12, 2021
    Alexandra Harry Nappier 

    Get the latest on how the University is making progress on its sustainability goals. This blog will explore energy reduction metrics. 

    2020 Campus Utilities and Waste - Part 1

    February 4, 2021
    Alexandra Harry Nappier 

    Get the latest on how the University is making progress on its sustainability goals. This blog will explore waste and water reduction metrics.

    Energy Use in the Age of the Pandemic

    July 13, 2020
    Durotimi Koya 

    As the University prepares to have students on campus in August 2020, now is a time to reflect on how much energy and GHG were saved. 

    2019 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Catholic University

    April 28, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    Get a detailed view of Catholic University's GHG emissions and learn about current mitigation efforts. 

    2019 Campus Utilities and Waste - Part 2

    April 6, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    This blog is the second part of a series uncovering the big picture of how energy, water, and waste are consumed on campus. Part 2 will focus on energy and greenhouse gases.

    2019 Campus Utilities and Waste - Part 1

    March 26, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    This blog is part of a series uncovering the big picture of how energy, water, and waste are consumed on campus. Part I will focus on water and waste.

  • Green Facilities

    Greening Our Campus

    February 21, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    Learn more about the environmentally-friendly initiatives on campus grounds.

    Maloney Hall is LEED Gold Certified

    February 10, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    Maloney Hall earned its LEED certification in January 2020. Take a deeper look at its environmentally-friendly amenities.

  • Energy

    Unlocking Savings with the Energy Project

    March 13, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    The campus is undergoing a dramatic change in the way it sources and uses its heat and energy. Learn the reasons why and the expected results.

  • Zero Waste

    Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition

    February 5, 2021
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    This year the University is participating in a new waste diversion effort on campus called the Campus Race to Zero Waste. This year, to celebrate the competition the Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) and Dining Services have launched new exciting initiatives.

  • Academics & Engagement

    Examining Plastic Waste

    July 21, 2020
    Durotimi Koya, Alexandra Harry Nappier

    This month is Plastic Free July. Learn about the environmental consequences of plastic and how to curb plastic waste in our everyday life.

    Justice, Equity, and the Environment

    June 25, 2020
    Alexandra Harry Nappier

    Interested in the environment and its impact on people? Read the latest to get up to speed on common terms such as environmental justice, climate equity, and intersectional environmentalism.

    Making the Business Case for Energy Management with the Busch School

    May 18, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    In Spring 2020, the Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) division collaborated with Busch School students to analyze a real-world business problem (Energy Management) under the guidance of Catholic U’s Facilities Maintenance and Operations (FMO) department. Learn their insight and experience under the project.

    Lessons from LEED Lab

    May 13, 2020
    Durotimi Koya

    The LEED Lab course is specifically designed to teach students about the certification process of LEED and serve as an introductory step into getting ready for accreditation.


Campus Sustainability has created a series of virtual events called Wednesday Wisdom. Wednesday Wisdom focuses on different sustainability topics on Wednesday afternoons with guest speakers. Slides and recordings from the event are available for replay.

  • 11/18/20 Holly Thompson '22

    This is the first Wednesday Wisdom with a student guest. Learn about how Holly embraces environmental mindfulness at home, in the classroom, and through internships.

  • 11/11/20 Campus Waste

    Do you have questions about how recycling is handled on campus? Confusion about plastic bags being recyclable? How is waste hauled and where does it go when it leaves campus? Join Alex Harry from Campus Sustainability and Carrie Love our waste hauler to have your questions answered. 

  • 10/14/20 Campus Trees

    Learn about the tree canopy in the District of Columbia and on-campus with special guest speaker Melinda Peters from Casey Trees.

  • 10/7/20 Energy Efficiency Day

    Learn what makes the University energy-efficient and hear from Professor Gibney on her work with LEED Lab and her time at the American Geophysical Union, which is on track to be the first net-zero energy building in the District of Columbia.
  • 9/30/20 Eat or Toss - Examining Food Waste

    Rachael Jackson of the blog, Eat or Toss, showed us how to get smart about food waste. Her goal is to take the mystery out of our food, so we can understand it better, enjoy it more, save money, and throw away less. ⁠

  • 9/23/20 Comparing Campuses: Carbon Emissions

    Design firm, Ayers Saint Gross discussed their 2020 study Comparing Campuses and Carbon Emissions which compares Catholic University and eight other higher education institutions and their estimated embodied and operational carbon.