Sustainability at St. Edward's



Chocolate might become an obsolete Valentine’s tradition

Chocolate – the ideal valentines day gift, paired with a few roses maybe. For centuries the companionship of the two remains as a staple in the holiday’s tradition. However, chocolate, or before its chocolate–cocoa–could be in danger of production. Climate change… Continue Reading →

Hilltop Highlight: Henry Gillespie ’20

For this student spotlight, Lorna Probasco ’20 spoke with Global Studies major, Henry Gillespie ’20. With his time on the Hilltop, Henry has been involved in both sustainability organizations and efforts on campus. Alongside his studies, he manages the community garden… Continue Reading →

Angers vs. Austin: Comparing the Farmer’s Markets

This blog post was originally published by a student studying abroad in Angers, France. The theme this summer is sustainability and the professors and students are exploring all the ways France is a leader in environmental conservation and sustainability. You can… Continue Reading →

Food and Climate Change

The New York Times recently published an interactive article, “Your Questions About Food and Climate Change Answered: How to shop, cook and eat in a warming world.” You can explore questions like how does food contribute to global warming, climate-friendly diets,… Continue Reading →

Facilities launches Grounds for Grounds

Facilities has launched two new programs that benefit our grounds in sustainable ways. The first turns your daily coffee habit into long-lasting good! In partnership with Bon Appétit and Jo’s Coffee, used coffee grounds are placed into a composting setup on campus… Continue Reading →

Food waste and recovery chat with Bon Appétit

Join Bon Appetit on Monday for a chat with Executive Chef Tanner Harris. He’ll be discussing food waste and recovery on campus and in our community. Grab a (free) cup of coffee and join in on the discussion at 2:30… Continue Reading →

Bon Appétit shops local

Bon Appétit works behind the scenes to make sure Hilltoppers have access to fresh, healthy options through the Farm to Fork program. Started in 1999, the program ensures that Bon Appétit purchases at least 20% of its ingredients from small, owner-operated farms… Continue Reading →

Reusable options and composting on campus

Bon Appétit works hard to serve flavorful food but did you know they have a focus on sustainability? We asked Robert Fredericks, Director of Operations for Bon Appétit at St. Edward’s University, about their initiatives from sustainable service to sourcing local ingredients. For… Continue Reading →

Food Futures: Speaker Series from Food+City

Interested in how supply chains work, and their impact on feeding cities? Join Food+City for a fireside chat with Charles Fry of Zengistics. He’ll go over the ins and outs of the logistics of moving craft beer through the cold chain, how supply chains… Continue Reading →

Coffee Mug Tree at Jo’s is back!

Students for Sustainability just created the Coffee Mug Tree at Jo’s in Ragsdale Center for everyone to enjoy Jo’s reusable container discount while helping the environment! Here’s how it works: 1) Choose a mug from the mug tree 2) Bring the… Continue Reading →

Apply for the Fall 2018 Food and Leadership Fellowship

The Food & Leadership Fellowship is a paid leadership development opportunity for young people ages 17 to 23 on the Urban Roots farm. Fellows build leadership and professional skills while growing thousands of pounds of fresh produce for the community. The… Continue Reading →

Job Opportunities at Agua Dulce Farm

Agua Dulce Farm, a certified-Organic urban farm located in southeast Austin, is looking to add two new team members: a Farm Manager and an Aquaponics Technician. Click on the links to read more about each position and apply today.

Bon Appétit Announces Companywide Ban on Plastic Straws

St. Edward’s University’s catering provider, Bon Appétit, announced a companywide ban on plastic straws last Thursday. They are the first food service company to make this commitment in the USA. In a press release, Bon Appétit said, “in keeping with our promise of ‘food service… Continue Reading →

Coffee Mug Library Now at Jo’s

Students for Sustainability just created the Coffee Mug Library at Jo’s in Ragsdale. Everyone can grab a mug and enjoy the Jo’s reusable cup discount while helping the environment! Here’s how it works: Grab a cup from the mug tree… Continue Reading →

Eliminate Food Waste with an Easter Brunch Food Calculator

Help your budget and the planet this Easter with this helpful meal calculator from Shari’s Berries! You can enter everything from the number of guests, to their eating habits, to the types of food you’d like to serve and the calculator… Continue Reading →

Employment, Volunteer, and Partnership Opportunities at Agua Dulce Farm

Austin’s Agua Dulce Farm has several opportunities available this year. The farm specializes in intensive organic vegetable farming and uses aquaponics to create integrated, soil-less systems.

Freshmen and Food Justice

This year’s freshman class explored the topic of food justice through the lens of Kelsey Timmerman’s book, Where Am I Eating? An Adventure through the Global Food Economy. Food justice is an important component of social and environmental sustainability because… Continue Reading →

Celebrate Farmworker Awareness Week With Bon Appétit Today

Bon Appétit, St. Edward’s food service provider, is celebrating Farmworker Awareness Week with two exciting events on campus today: first a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bon Appétit kitchen and then a film screening. Behind the Scenes Tour of the Kitchen… Continue Reading →

Professors Share Favorite Aspects of Common Text for the Class of 2020, Where Am I Eating?

The latest edition of St. Edward’s University’s magazine includes a feature on the Common Text for the Class of 2020, Where Am I Eating?, by Kelsey Timmerman. It asks five professors who are teaching the text to their students what… Continue Reading →

Travel to Costa Rica in Summer 2017 to Explore Food Justice- Apply by Oct 28

In the summer of 2017, Freshman Studies will take students to Costa Rica to explore food justice. This two-week immersive trip will be a culmination of a year-long engagement with the common theme. On the trip you will visit organic… Continue Reading →

TONIGHT! Author Kelsey Timmerman Discusses Food Justice and His Latest Book, “Where Am I Eating?”

On October 3rd from 7:00-9:00 P.M. in the Recreation and Convocation Center Gym, please join us for a talk given by the Freshman Studies Common Theme speaker, author Kelsey Timmerman. Timmerman is a journalist who decided to trace where his… Continue Reading →

Hilltop Views Report: Bon Appétit charging for to-go boxes in effort to be more sustainable

In its continued efforts to become more sustainable, Bon Appétit recently announced that it will be charging 25 cents per compostable to-go container across its on-campus dining halls. Their goal is to start promoting the use of their reusable plastic… Continue Reading →

Center for Ethics and Leadership 2016-17 Programming Chock-Full of Interesting Events

The Center for Ethics and Leadership (CEL) recently announced its 2016-17 programming schedule, and among their many exciting offerings they will be hosting five events that are directly related to sustainability! From a talk by Environmental Scientist and Project Manager… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s launches Farm to Work on the Hilltop

The Office of Human Resources and the Sustainability Office are excited to announce that the Farm to Work program will start at St. Edward’s. The Sustainable Food Center has matched Braune Farms (pronounced “brownie”) out of Seguin, TX with St…. Continue Reading →

Biology Professor Awarded $275,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant

Dr. Fidelma O’Leary, Associate Professor of Biology, was awarded $275,000 by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support agricultural science education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The 4-year grant aims to establish the “Agricultural-STEM Pipeline”… Continue Reading →

Local Coffee Served in All Campus Dining Facilities

Beginning this fall, Bon Appetit will begin selling locally-roasted, organic, fair trade coffee from Texas Coffee Traders in all campus dining halls. Texas Coffee Traders has been operating from a restored warehouse in east Austin since 1994 where it roasts its… Continue Reading →

Bon Appétit Keeps it Fresh and Local

If there’s one thing about the Bon Appétit Management Company that makes them stand out it’s the huge amount of effort they put into striving for sustainability on the St. Edward’s University campus. One of the biggest ways they do this is… Continue Reading →

Bon Appétit Makes it Easy to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Dining Halls

St. Edward’s University and Bon Appétit have paired up to make it easier for us to reduce our carbon footprint on campus. Each dining hall has a row of disposal bins that include trash, compost, and recyclables with helpful posters displayed above… Continue Reading →

Bon Appétit Provides Eco-Clamshells in Campus Cafeterias

he eco-clamshell is one of Bon Appétit’s sustainability initiatives to help St. Edward’s University stay a green campus. These clamshells are made out of 100% recyclable matter and are reusable. The clamshells come in three styles: your traditional-sized to-go box,… Continue Reading →

Students for Sustainability Garden Gets Recharged

In an effort between our great Students for Sustainability (SFS) members and the fabulous garden coordinator, Devin Herd, SFS has been able to restart our school garden, which is located on the north side of Teresa hall. Devin actually got… Continue Reading →

Trip to Agua Dulce Farm

Curious about where your food comes from at St. Edward’s? Come find out! Join us for a trip to Agua Dulce Farm, an urban aquaponics farm in Southeast Austin. Agua Dulce is one of the many Farm to Fork partners that… Continue Reading →

Eating to Your Heart’s and Mind’s Delight: Free Lunch and Healthy Eating Presentation on Feb. 11

Wednesday, Feb. 11, Noon – 12:50p.m., Mabee Ballroom A Free Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies, Granola Bars, Drinks Reservation Required Enjoy lunch and a presentation on healthy eating by Sally Bowman, a registered/licensed dietician. In order to reserve a space, please email and… Continue Reading →

How SEU Students & Bon Appétit Mgmt. Co Make the World a Better Place

Have you ever wondered how sustainable our food on campus is? Sustainability Graduate Assistant, Christine Lacayo, with Students for Sustainability (SFS) and Topper TV at St. Edward’s go behind the scenes to get a better view of what striving for… Continue Reading →

Assistant Professor Michael Wasserman’s Research With Primates May Explain How Human Diets Have Evolved

Dr. Michael Wasserman received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley and his BS and BA in Zoology and Anthropology from the University of Florida. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental… Continue Reading →

Fall 2014 Edition of St. Edward’s University Magazine Features Research at Wild Basin and on Primate Diets

Click here to access this issue and look for the features on pages 4-5 and 8-9!

First Student Garden Fun Day

During one of my classes in the first week of classes, Environmental Science and Policy major Ashley Shaw ’13 informed us that the Students for Sustainability needed help with their ongoing garden project, and that their first Garden Work Day… Continue Reading →

Student Garden Expansion Approved

This summer has been an extremely exciting and rewarding one. Not only has it been unusually cool for Texas, but the Students for Sustainability Garden Expansion was approved! This means that we will be able to educate others on different… Continue Reading →

Are You Passionate About the Environment? Reusable Clamshells at Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit is now offering greener, sustainable options for your to-go meals. We have replaced the plastic disposable containers with disposable, compostable paper ones. Also, if you take your meals out on a regular basis, you can purchase a reusable… Continue Reading →

The BIG event: The St. Edward’s community garden

Earth Week started with a bang with the BIG Event! For those of you who missed out, the event was a community service project put on by Student Government Association. One of the sites this year was St. Edward’s very… Continue Reading →

Student Garden Uplift: You Can Also be Part of it!

On a sunny Saturday (March 3, 2012), members of St. Edward’s Students for Sustainability (SFS) Organization congregated to prepare the campus garden and plant. Several students spent approximately five hours amending the soil and planting. Transplants and seeds were planted… Continue Reading →

Hilltop Views Report: Cafeteria receives runner-up spot on list of buyers who go local

Click here to read a Hilltop Views article, titled “Cafeteria receives runner-up spot on list of buyers who go local”.

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