Rutgers University is a national leader in recycling and sustainability. Institutional Planning and Operations is proud to manage these programs. With a mix of urban campuses and campuses with wetlands, we approach each campus differently but with the common goals of reducing waste and reducing our carbon footprint.

To learn more about Rutgers University Sustainability please follow the links below: 

Green Map Green Procurement Energy Consumption and Production
Energy Conservation

Energy and Sustainability Data

Consumption Production Fiscal Year

Solar panels

Rutgers University is proud to have established the largest solar canopy in the nation. The 32-acre solar canopy provides 8.8 megawatts of power, which translates to about $1.2 million in electricity.  The canopy provides about 60% of Livingston Campus' power needs.

Green Infrastructure

Green Buildings

Rutgers University has several LEED certified and LEED equivalent buildings on campus. Some of these buildings include the Academic Building, Honors College, Sojourner Truth Apartments, Rutgers Business School on Livingston Campus, Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, and many more.

Green Additions

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health located on Cook campus boasts one of the state’s largest living biowalls. The living wall grows over 70 species of plants.

Cook’s Market at Rutgers Gardens claims the University’s first green roof. The roof will have many benefits for the environment including: helping attract and feed pollinators; reducing and slow stormwater runoff; reducing radiant heat (urban heating effect); and improving availability of food for bats.


Info on Greenhouses


Why recycle? Of course, it’s good for the environment but there is more. Every day we encounter hundreds of items that can be recycled, and by recycling we use fewer raw materials, which in turn saves time, energy, and money.

For a successful program, you must recycle the right items.

“Wishcycling” or placing an item in the recycling bin when you are not sure it is recyclable only leads to contamination. Contamination increases the cost to sort and may ruin the good recyclables. Recycle right! Learn what can and can’t be recycled here at Rutgers. The Rutgers recycling program is “Single Stream” meaning you can place plastic bottles and containers (#1, 2 & 5), aluminum, glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard in the same container. By recycling right, you can be part of the solution and help lead Rutgers to a sustainable future!


Stormwater Management

Rutgers University Facilities approaches stormwater management in a sustainable and ecologically friendly manner. The green infrastructure approach considers stormwater management as a part of a broader ecological systems approach using a combination of bioengineering techniques and native landscape practices within the campus context. Examples of this approach used on campus include receiving, retaining, and filtering stormwater in a way that may preserve or mimic natural hydrological patterns and create a natural habitat for diverse ecosystems by allowing natural succession of native plants that provide habitat and stormwater filtration.

Busch & Livingston Cook/Douglass

Sustainable Initiatives

Rutgers University has several sustainable initiatives from water efficiency and composting projects, to residence hall recycling competitions. We also have a bike rental program and bike-friendly campuses. Most recently, Rutgers has added environmentally friendly e-scooters. 

Parking and Transportation