The Catholic University of America

"Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!" Pope Francis, May 2014

Sustainability at CUA

The Catholic University of America is committed to supporting a sustainable environment on campus in its landscaping, facilities maintenance, construction projects, energy use, and waste management. This commitment is demonstrated in campus operations and in academic program offerings.



The University has partnered with Waste Management, North America’s largest residential recycler, to improve recycling efforts on campus.

> Recycling initiatives at CUA
> CUA's single-stream recycling

Recycling Report

Facts and figures about CUA's recycling campaign.

December 2015  

69 tons

Recycled 33 tons 33%

> See the full report

Sustainability Events

Green Energy

The University has taken action in several areas to increase its use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency.

> Energy initiatives at CUA
> Master Plan recommendations
> Interactive campus map

Green Environment

At CUA, environmental stewardship guides our approach to landscaping, facilities maintenance, building construction, and transportation.

> Environmental initiatives at CUA
> Master Plan recommendations
> Interactive campus map


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Earth Day


Big Belly Solar Waste Compactors at The Catholic University of America!

The compacting trash and recycle receptacles are self-powered, harnessing the sun’s rays for 100% of their energy needs.


Give and Go Donation Success!

Univeristy donated over 7,084 pounds of clothing, school supplies and food during move out

Recyclemania 2015 Results  

CUA ranks #152 out of 232 participants 

CUA took top spot in Recyclemania's Game Day Challenge

University ranked #1 in most recycling per person and 11th overall in Recyclemania's 2015 Game Day Challenge 

University recognized by EPA as 2014-2015 Individual Champion for using most green power in Landmark Conference.

Give-and-Go Drive for Move-out 2015

Donate clothing, bedding, school supplies, and food items at donation centers set up in every residence hall.

Earth Week Service Project
The CUA Green Club and the Office of Undergraduate Studies sponsor a trash clean-up. Breakfast provided. Saturday, April 25, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Casey Tree Planting Workshop  

Looking to play a greater role in re-treeing D.C.? CUA and Casey Tree's have a free one day workshop March 14th. 

Architecture Class works hard to avoid material going to the landfill.

Implications on Design class salvages 12,200 lbs from Curley Court

CUA applies for Coca-Cola bin Grant Program

Facilities Maintenance and Operations looks to standardize campus recycling program by applying for The Coca-Cola Foundation Keep America Beautiful Collegiate Bin Grant Program

Toner cartridges recycled

Technology Services and Environmental Health and Safety works with CUA offices to recycle toner cartridges.

Recyclemania kicks off at CUA

CUA invites everyone to get into the recycling spirit with a new promotion for the annual event that takes place nationwide.

Recycling Challenge

Come Out and Cheer for our Cardinals in the Landmark Semi-Finals at Dufour Athletic Center at 7:30pm, Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Save a buck at Starbucks with a reuseable mug!!

Learn how you can win a Starbucks gift card! 

CUA is incorporating a new promotion to jumpstart recycling on campus.

University Adds Compostable To-go Food Container

CUA takes step toward phasing out Styrofoam containers from the Pryz.

University Collects Material for Composting

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, the University began collecting compostable waste in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

Crough Center LEED EB: O+M Certified

Faculty, staff, students, and administrators gathered Monday, Sept. 15 to acknowledge the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies being designated LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB: O+M) certified.

Move-in Recycling Effort a Huge Success: Recycles 15.6 tons

The University placed seven 20-yard recycling containers around the residence halls from Aug. 18 to 24 to reduce landfill waste from the annual move-in process. The result was that 73 percent of the move-in waste was recycled.

CUA Students First to LEED Certify Building Through Course
CUA’s Crough Center has been designated LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB: O+M) certified. It is the first building in the world to be certified by students as part of a formal course.

Improved Recycling, Composting Measures

In an effort to decrease landfill waste, the University’s Office of Facilities Operations has partnered with Waste Management to improve recycling efforts on campus.

University Recognized for Tree Management

Catholic University has been recognized as a 2013 Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation for the third consecutive year.

D.C. Solar Decathlon Team Places Seventh
The first-ever Washington, D.C., team to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, placed in the top five universities for six of the 10 total contests in the elite international competition.

Keynote to Highlight Wildlife Conservation
Biology research symposium keynote speaker will address worldwide wildlife conservation.

Solar Decathlon House Revealed
Students from three District of Columbia universities revealed their energy-efficient home of the future today as they prepare to kick off a cross-country journey to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Solar Decathlon Send-Off Event
Members of Team Capitol DC will celebrate the completion of HARVEST HOME with a home blessing and tours open to the public.

Cardoza High School Helps Team Capitol DC in Solar Decathlon
Several members of Team Capitol DC visited Francis L. Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C., last week to invite high school students to help build furniture for Harvest House, a home being built on CUA’s campus for the Solar Decathlon competition.

CUA Recognized as Top Green Power Purchaser
CUA was recognized today by the U.S. EPA as a 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge.

Earth Day Events
This month groups and departments across campus will celebrate sustainability in preparation for Earth Day on April 22.

Experts on Sustainability
Professors at The Catholic University of America are available to comment on topics related to sustainability including utilities management, LEED certification, energy management, sustainable design, and the reuse and recycling of materials.

Crough Center to Be LEED Certified by Students
Students from CUA’s LEED Lab met last week with University administrators and staff to review the final credits they need to earn LEED Existing Building Operations and Management (EB:O&M) certification for the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies. The Crough Center will be the first building in the nation to be LEED EB:O&M certified by students.

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