Purdue University has won recognition from various local, regional, and national organizations, on account of the ongoing sustainability initiatives on campus. These awards and certifications have pertained toall sorts of categories, such as recycling, planning management, sustainability reporting, landscaping, and green construction.

Some of these awards and certifications are listed below.

2010–2012: APPA’s Effective and Innovative Practice Award, which recognizes university programs and processes that enhance service delivery, lower costs, increase productivity, or generate revenue, awarded to Purdue University for Physical Facilities sustainability initiatives (three consecutive years).

  • In 2012, we obtained the award for the university’s Warehouse and Surplus sustainability measures.
  • In 2011, the university’s Brine/Beet Juice Application System bagged the APPA award.
  • In 2010, Purdue’s Building Services Sustainability Program won the award.

2009–2019: Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation, awarded to Purdue University (10 consecutive years)

2011: Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, recognizing Indiana’s leaders who have implemented outstanding environmental strategies into their operations and decision-making processes, awarded to Purdue University.

2012: Level 3 “Conservation Champion” certification on Earth Day, April 23, awarded by the Indiana Wildlife Federation to Purdue University. Purdue University was the first University to receive this honor for higher education.

2012: “Silver” STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) rating, which is the national standard for sustainability reporting in higher education, developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, awarded to Purdue University.

2013: Inclusion in the 2013 edition of ‘The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,’ which highlighted Purdue's impressive 77% waste-diversion rate in 2011.

2013: Level II Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum, awarded to the Purdue Arboretum.

2015: Conservation Educator Award – Indiana Wildlife Federation

2015: Water Environment Federation - Silver Level Innovation, awarded to Jim Knapp