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MSW/MPH Student Emma Swinford
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Planet-Friendly Practices at the Brown School

Spring has arrived in St. Louis! The flowers are in bloom, the grass is green and a few weeks ago marked a two-day Earth Day celebration at Forest Park! This Earth Day festival celebrated a variety of sustainability acts including reuse, low impact transportation, and low-carbon diets. With this in mind, you might be wondering how the Brown School's supports and promotes sustainability efforts.

Here are a few planet-friendly places and programs at WashU and in the greater St. Louis area:

The most obvious commitment to sustainability that the Brown School can boast is Hillman Hall, the school's newest building. Completed in 2015, it's a 4-story, 104,000 square foot, LEED certified building full of natural light and inviting spaces. Notably, it's the first building on WashU's campus to earn a LEED Platinum certification. Check out Hillman's history and LEED scorecard here.

Brown School students recently finished a Race to Zero Waste Challenge as part of RecycleMania, a national competition around reducing waste and increasing recycling and composting. During this time, extra effort was made to educate students, faculty, and staff about composting and recycling.

You can sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box through Local Farm CSA! This program is specifically for WashU faculty, staff and students, with pick-up sites on both the Danforth and Medical campuses. There is even a discounted Student Box that's a perfect fit for grad students looking to eat healthy, support local farmers, and try out new foods!

If you prefer to choose your own veggies, the St. Louis region has over 40 farmers markets, many of which are opening for the season in the next few weeks! Take a look at this interactive map to find the markets nearest to you!

On the low impact transportation front, there are some exciting things happening in St. Louis. The proposed Metro Reimagined plan (which has recommendations for improving the scope and quality of St. Louis' public transit system) is  up for public comment and accepting feedback until early May.  

If you prefer to bike around town, WashU has a lot bike parking and a few shower facilities where you can rinse off after a steamy Missouri summer ride! Additionally, a new dockless bike share program is up and running, meaning that you don't even need your own bike to spend the summer cruising around!

For more information about the initiatives WashU is involved in, visit the our Office of Sustainability website.