- 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.
- 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.