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University of Portland is committed to living and acting sustainability. Attention to living sustainability requires us to actively be aware of the environmental, social and economic needs of our present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. 

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Academics and Campus Groups

Students can explore issues involving sustainability through the Department of Environmental Studies. Students can pursue a major in environmental studies or environmental ethics and policy and can also minor in environmental studies. 

Students interested in sustainability can join one of the many groups and clubs on campus including the Student Led Unity Garden (SLUG) and College Ecology Club

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University Buildings

The University is committed to be carbon neutral by the year 2040. All new buildings on campus will also be designed to be LEED silver, gold or platinum. Examples of the University's commitment to sustainable buildings include Shiley Hall and the Beauchamp Recreational and Wellness Center.

Pilot House on campus

Bon Appétit

The University's food service provider, Bon Appétit Management Company, is dedicated to sustainable practices including:

  • Reducing antibiotic use in farm animals (2003)
  • Serving rBGH-free milk (2003)
  • Switching to cage-free shell eggs (2005) and cage-free liquid eggs (2016)
  • Tackling food’s role in climate change (2007)
  • Addressing farmworkers’ rights (2009)
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The University of Portland is dedicated to having a strong paper recycling program by investing in double-sided printers and furnishing an extensive array of recycling bins throughout campus. The University also recycles many other reusable items, including plastics, glass, metals, cardboard and toner cartridges. 

See What's Recyclable on Campus

Bike rack on campus


UP offers a wide variety of transportation options to students, faculty and staff as an effort to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the campus keeping in line with the larger sustainability initiatives occurring at UP. The Department of Public Safety lists the many transportation options available.