The American Dream is Green
The American Dream is Green is the branding for American University (AU) by the Office of Sustainability. The commitment to sustainability is reflected campus wide: the built environment, landscaping, fleet, and environmental management. Nominated by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU), AU was honored for its green building policies as a 2013 Business Leader in Energy Efficiency by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). During 2012 AU was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the largest green power users among higher education institutions committed to the goals of the Green Power Partnership and also received the EPA 2012 Green Power Leadership award as a leading green power purchaser, one of only four universities to receive the award.
In line with the focus on greening the built environment, the School of International Service, a 70,00 square foot green building opened in September 2010 earning LEED Gold status. The certification set a standard for the university’s green building policy that mandates that all new construction, renovation, and major replacement and repair projects achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification. To that end, AU is enrolled in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGB) LEED Volume program, which positions the university to earn LEED certification for 25 existing campus buildings.
Other highlights of the AU Green Campus:
- Buildings with solar panels 
- Buildings with green roofs 
- Green roof with beehive
- Electric vehicle charging stations for university vehicles and public use
- Yard waste composting and construction debris recycling
- Community garden
As a part of American University In The Neighborhood, the Office of Sustainability offers guided campus tours. For those at a distance, available is a Virtual Walking Tour.