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.
A University of St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) partner, the city of Elk River, Minnesota, received the 2017 Outstanding City Partner Award from the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Network.
This award, given every year by the Center for Global and Local Engagement, recognizes one St. Thomas faculty member for innovation and excellence in integrating sustainability into one of his or her courses.
The Sustainability Committee has been placed on hiatus this academic year while that process happens, but sustainability efforts are still taking place across campus. A new sustainability structure, including a web page that will outline St. Thomas' sustainable efforts, will be introduced in the fall.
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The Sustainable Communities Partnership, housed in the Center for Global and Local Engagement’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, will hold an open house April 8 and a workshop April 22 for faculty members from all disciplines who are interested in learning how to integrate a local sustainability project into their courses.