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Harris Stowe  

Harris-Stowe State University

School details:
Full-time enrollment: 1,408
Part-time enrollment:478
Location: St. Louis, Missouri


  • The Campus Expansion Committee works to implement sustainability policies and programs on campus, and was involved in the effort to design the university’s first LEED building.

Green Building

  • The new Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center is registered for LEED Gold certification. It includes green landscaping features like permeable pavement and a rain garden, and it used recycled materials in its construction. During the building process, 50 percent of its construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • The university is currently constructing a new residence and dining hall that will meet Energy Star green building standards.
  • In 2005, the university implemented a $3 million energy savings program which involved upgrades to mechanical, HVAC and water systems.  A portion for this project was financed with a loan from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
  • Energy-efficiency technologies installed in buildings include energy management systems, LED lighting, lighting sensors, and timers for temperature control.
  • To save water, the school uses water metering and low-flow faucets.

Climate Change & Energy

  • Harris-Stowe takes advantage of rebate programs offered by the local utility company to upgrade its electric and water heating systems.
  • Green IT policies include automatic computer hibernation and shutting down computers at the end of the day.


  • The university recycles aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and plastics, as well as cell phones, computers, printers, and light bulbs.
  • The Early Childhood building has a single-stream recycling program.
  • Electronic communication is encouraged, and students may enroll in classes using an online, paperless process.


  • Of the 11 campus fleet vehicles, 3 are electric.
  • The university provides free transportation around campus.
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