Guided by the university's first sustainability strategic plan, St. Thomas is working toward becoming a more sustainable community in a huge number of ways. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences' Communication Journalism program recently produced a documentary exploring some of the may ways sustainability has taken shape at St. Thomas.
A partnership between the University of St. Thomas and the Metropolitan Council is benefitting students, the natural environment, and other public spaces. Students are producing solid work for the Council that may, in some cases, result in long-term monetary savings.
As we look ahead to Earth Day, we asked Amir Nadav, Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability, to give alumni tips on being more sustainable in their own lives (and teaching our children along the way, too).
Ever-Green Energy today announced that St. Thomas is one of three Minnesota colleges and universities selected for the organization’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality program. These institutions will receive free energy planning services as part of this pilot program.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, Mayor Melvin Carter commended participants of Energize Saint Paul’s Race to Reduce energy benchmarking program. St. Thomas was recognized for its work through facilities management, which has been a key contributor to the university's evolving efforts around sustainability.
Senior environmental science and biology major Hannah Wallace runs the St. Thomas chapter of the Food Recovery Network, a nationwide student movement that works to reduce the amount of food waste at colleges and universities.
The University of St. Thomas has received a STARS rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
On Aug. 6, Doreen Schroeder and Catherine Grant from the Biology program sighted an endangered rusty-patched bumble bee (bombus affinis) foraging on the Pollinator Path bed outside of Owen Science Hall.
When then-President Father Dennis Dease signed the the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2008, he underscored St. Thomas’ ongoing and future commitment to sustainability. With the commitment of carbon neutrality by 2035, the statement included ambitious goals. In the decade since nearly every aspect of life on the university campus has been touched in some way by St. Thomas’ commitment to sustainability.
The university recently welcomed Amir Nadav as its new assistant director of campus sustainability, a role long-envisioned as a key piece of organizing and coordinating St. Thomas’ growing work in sustainability.