students on bikes in the neighborhood

Campus Sustainability

Alternative Transportation Options

As a member of the Westminster community, you have access to multiple transportation options that can cut down on your total greenhouse gas emissions during your commute.

  • Free UTA premium transit pass: Current students, faculty, and staff receive an ID card that serves as a free UTA premium transit pass. For questions, visit the reception desk in the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center.
  • Long-term bike rental: The Bike Collective offers a few long-term bike rental options.
  • Designated green parking: Parking spots are available for carpools and fuel-efficient vehicles in the lot between Hewett and Foster Hall.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations: Charging stations are located on the main floor of the northwest parking structure.
  • Rideshare board: The center puts up a board in Bassis two weeks before every break to connect people and help them carpool to their destination.

Green Event Certification

Make your campus event a green event. Earn a green event certification based on environmentally conscious event logistics and content.

Princeton Review Green College

Westminster has been included on The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges list for several years running. Their guide gives us particular recognition for the way our students fuel the environmental movement on campus.

STARS Silver Rating

In 2011, 2014, and 2016, Westminster earned a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) silver rating. This tool measures dozens of indicators of sustainability. Westminster does particularly well in student and community engagement.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Westminster is committed to sustainability. Below are some ways to effectively reduce, reuse, and recycle:

  • Choose reusable dishes and silverware in Shaw.
  • Buy products with minimal packaging.
  • Use one-sided prints as scratch paper.
  • Place all plastics, paper, and aluminum in the blue recycling bins around campus.
  • Recycle glass at Shaw.

Request a recycling bin

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

At Westminster, we care about improving our greenhouse gas emissions through smart energy use, alternative transportation options, and recycling initiatives. We invest in solar panels and off-campus renewable energy to assure that about 8–10% of the total electricity the college uses comes from emission-free sources.

Waste-free Event Kit

Are you looking for free, reusable tableware for your next event? The Environmental Center has you covered.

Request a Waste-free Event Kit


This student-led effort is designed to help reduce individual and campus waste. It includes training and workshops on topics like zero-waste grocery shopping, repurposing household items, and making your own low-waste products.