Sustainability at St. Edward's



St. Edward’s Receives Tree Campus USA 2019 Recognition

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, St. Edward’s University was honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for… Continue Reading →

Internship Opportunity: Office of Sustainability

We’re hiring! The Office of Sustainability is seeking a Sustainability Digital Media Assistant for the upcoming Spring 2020 semester. This position is ideal for any St. Edward’s student who has experience with cross-digital marketing, digital media, project management—oh, and someone… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s makes progress on greenhouse gas report

Making sense of the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Results By Andi Utter ’20 What does all of this mean? Why does it matter? (I’m glad you asked!). The reason I was originally assigned to do this research was because the university needed… Continue Reading →

Updated Campus Sustainability Map

Here is the latest version of the sustainability campus map, including the CapMetro bus stop next to our campus. Click to download the map  

Students take home prizes and internships at Texas Society for Ecological Restoration conference

The Texas Society for Ecological Restoration held its 24th Annual Conference November 8-10, 2019. Dr. Amy Concilio attended the event with Olivia Rome ’20, Yeji Kang ’20, and Jack Rippel ’20. Dr. Concilio presented on the ecological winners and losers… Continue Reading →

Students live green and clean up Blunn Creek

This past Saturday, student employees from Ragsdale Center and Students for Sustainability spent the morning cleaning up Blunn Creek. The students packed up 15 bags of trash and even removed a bicycle! The handsaw found a new home with one… Continue Reading →

Applications open: Hook Wild Basin Creative Research Fellowship

Students! Are you interested in creating and working on research or creative projects at preserves in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system? Then apply for the Hook Wild Basin Creative Research Fellowship by Dec. 10, 2019 (Fall) or Mar. 8, 2020… Continue Reading →

Study abroad and air mile footprint by the numbers

Andi Utter ’20 is the Greenhouse Gas Analyst Intern for the Office of Sustainability. Every month, she keeps us updated on her work and shares interesting information. Follow our blog and Instagram to get her latest updates. These past few weeks I… Continue Reading →

Applications open: Student Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

17th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet Open Date: October 1, 2019 Close Date: November 19, 2019 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the 17th Annual P3 Awards: A… Continue Reading →

Register now for the Challenge Studio Information Session

Registration is open for an information session on the City of Austin’s Challenge Studio led by Lance McNeill, Program Administrator. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss the program and get your questions answered.The Challenge Studio is an intensive 9-month program that… Continue Reading →

Discounted CapMetro Passes Available for Purchase

Did you know that you can purchase CapMetro bus passes for 35% off through St. Edward’s? Riding the bus is a wonderful way to reduce your carbon footprint by cutting down the amount of gasoline you’d use by driving your own… Continue Reading →

Johnson’s Backyard Garden CSA boxes are coming to campus

Beginning August 30th, Johnson’s Backyard Garden (JBG) will deliver their small size CSA boxes to the campus community. Boxes will be available for pick up on campus, every Friday from 3-6 pm. Sign up for your box at the link… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s University partners with Spicewood Ranch for research

Spicewood Ranch owner Chris Harte has dedicated the past three decades to restoring the ecosystem on his property west of Austin and creating an unofficial wildlife reserve. Through an agreement called an ecolab, St. Edward’s University researchers like Assistant Professor… Continue Reading →

Student researchers launch weather balloons and careers

Every summer, you can find student researchers hard at work on campus. One group of summer student researchers, led by Dr. Gary Morris, study ozone air quality and even launch weather balloons from right here on the Hilltop. The summer… Continue Reading →

OIT adds electric cart to their lineup

Beep, beep! The next time the Office of Information Technology (OIT) pays you a visit, take a minute to appreciate their wheels. OIT utilizes a fully electric golf cart. Going forward, the University will purchase electric carts where possible.

Students come together for Coalition for Climate Justice Demonstration

A coalition of student organizations led by Students for Sustainability will hold a rally on March 14 in Ragsdale Plaza. At the rally, the student organizations, collectively called the Coalition for Climate Justice, will present the university administration and Board… Continue Reading →

Texas wind is powering the Hilltop

To power our campus, Facilities manages our “green portfolio” to use resources as efficiently and responsibly as possible. Wind energy is a part of that green portfolio. St. Edward’s University partners with Austin Energy’s GreenChoice Renewable Energy program as a Patron… Continue Reading →

Wild Basin is a Winner! 2018 Best of Austin!

The critics have spoken! Wild Basin has been named to the Best of Austin list for 2018 by the Austin Chronicle. If you’re looking to explore Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, the 2.5 miles of trails are a great place to start. Find more information… Continue Reading →

The latest on Austin’s boil water notice and how to save water

Austin Water has issued a city-wide boil water notice. While the city works to stabilize water plant operations, they have asked for all residents to reduce their water use by 20%. Here are some easy to implement ways you can… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s named a green college by Princeton Review

We did it again! St. Edward’s University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible schools by The Princeton Review. The university is included in the 2018 “Guide to 399 Green Colleges,” released during National Campus Sustainability Month. St…. Continue Reading →

Wild Basin Featured in Austin American Statesman

Our very own Wild Basin was recently featured in an issue of the Austin American Statesman!  Click here to check it out.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Comes to Campus

Last month, St. Edward’s added an electric vehicle charging station in the parking garage. This project was a joint effort with Austin Energy and Chargepoint. On the university side, Parking Services, Facilities, Students for Sustainability, and the Student Government Association were part of the effort. The station can be found on… Continue Reading →

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 →

Wild Basin Hires New Environmental Education Coordinator: Marissa Faris

The Wild Basin Creative Research Center recently announced the hiring of Marissa Faris as their new Environmental Education Coordinator! Marissa’s first day was July 17th and she is quickly getting up to speed on Wild Basin educational programming and activities…. Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s University named a 2016 Tree Campus USA®

For the second consecutive year, St. Edward’s University has been honored with the Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.Trees are an integral part of St. Edward’s University’s identity. Since… Continue Reading →

University Athletics Ditches Paper Programs, Goes Digital

Jameson Adams, Associate Director of Athletic Operations, recently demonstrated how making St. Edward’s University a greener campus is truly a team effort. When encouraged to think about how Athletics can support campus sustainability causes, the first thing he thought of… Continue Reading →

Wild Basin Featured in Austin American Statesman Article, “Wild Basin founders reflect on preserving a Westbank jewel”

Wild Basin Creative Research Center was featured in a July 19th article in the Austin American Statesman chronicling how the founders of Wild Basin worked tirelessly to preserve this essential piece of Austin’s natural landscape for generations to come. Click here to… Continue Reading →

New Director of Wild Basin: Dr. Barbara Dugelby

The Wild Basin Creative Research Center is excited to announce the hiring of their new director, Dr. Barbara Dugelby!  Dr. Dugelby is an ecologist and educator with over 15 years of U.S. and international experience working with large, multi-stakeholder conservation… Continue Reading →

Smart Phone Apps Play Important Role at Wild Basin

Find out how students, professors, and visitors at the Wild Basin Creative Research Center are using two important phone apps, iNaturalist and, to track migratory patterns, endangered species, predator populations, and so much more! Click here to read the full… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s Earth Day Activities Featured in National Catholic Reporter

St. Edward’s University’s Earth Week 2016 celebration was featured in an article by the National Catholic Reporter! The article also featured Earth Week celebrations at Catholic institutions across the country, with a special focus on tree planting. Our Sustainability Coordinator,… Continue Reading →

New Outdoor Recycling Bins on the Hilltop

As the weather warms up and you stroll across campus, you may notice some new additions to our beautiful grounds. These combination recycling and waste bins were recently procured by our Facilities Department in order to help St. Edward’s comply… Continue Reading →

New Monitors in JBWS and JBWN to Display Exciting Info From the School of Natural Sciences

Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. John Gilmore and Dr. Linda Burk of Dallas, the School of Natural Sciences has acquired two monitors to be deployed in lobby space, one each in John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center-North (JBWN)… Continue Reading →

President Martin Signs Global Commitment to Support Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change

President George Martin, PhD has joined nearly 200 Catholic university presidents worldwide in signing a commitment to support Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on integral ecology, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home”. Pope Francis made a powerful call to action in his encyclical,… 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 →

Please Help Reduce the Record Strain on the State Electrical Grid

This post was originally shared by Austin EcoNetwork: This has been a week for the record books in Texas. Energy usage has been at an all-time high and the state electric grid is feeling the strain. Grid operators are now asking… Continue Reading →

Alumni Sustainability Champions Initiative Launched

We are proud of all that our alumni go on to do after they leave St. Edward’s University and want to share with you some particularly sustainable work that some have been up to since graduating! Just like our recent… Continue Reading →

Despite Recent Heavy Rains, Water Conservation is Still Essential

This article was originally posted in the Wednesday, June 24, 2015 issue of the Austin American Statesman. Read the original article here. LCRA: So far, heavy rains not enough to break drought By Patrick Beach The drought’s not over. That was… Continue Reading →

Wild Basin Featured in Austin American Statesman Article

he Wild Basin Creative Research Center was featured in the Wednesday, June 24, 2015 issue of the Austin American Statesman newspaper! Check out the original article below or here. Wild Basin worth millions in eco value, researchers say By Katie Urbaszewski… Continue Reading →

Aaron Waters MSEM ’15 Selected As (U.S.) Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, D.C.

We are proud to share with you great news! Environmental Management graduate student Aaron Waters MSEM ’15 was named a (U.S.) Presidential Management Fellowship winner. After being selected as semifinalists, along with Tommy Lapoint MSEM ’15, last year, they went… Continue Reading →

Students for Sustainability Awarded Political and Social Interest Organization

Apart from the two awards Students for Sustainability (SFS) recently received: Student Organization of the Year and Emerging Leader of the 2014-2015 awarded to Mary Katherine Belknap’s (voted Vice President of SFS), the student organization was also awarded Political and… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s University listed in The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

St. Edward’s University was chosen as one of only 353 colleges and universities worldwide for the Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges! The guide profiles 347 institutions of higher education in the United States and 6 outside the U.S. that… Continue Reading →

New St. Edward’s Sustainability Timeline Chronicles 15 Years of Environmental Responsibility

The Office of Sustainability is excited to reveal the St. Edward’s University sustainability timeline! This piece chronicles the university’s sustainable accomplishments since the year 2000. From the creation of the Environmental Science and Policy major, to sustainable building renovations, to… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s Awarded Two Austin Energy Green Building Certifications

St. Edward’s University is happy to report that the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) program has awarded its 3-star rating certificates to the John Brooks Williams Natural Science Center-South and the UFCU Alumni Gym. These buildings serve as yet another example of… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s Welcomes Amy Belaire, Wild Basin Natural Resource Manager and Coordinator of Education and Research

St. Edward’s University is excited to announce the hiring of Amy Belaire, Natural Resource Manager and Coordinator of Education and Research at Wild Basin Creative Research Center. Belaire is receiving her PhD from University of Illinois in Chicago, focusing on… Continue Reading →

New Compact Fluorescent Lights Improve Recreation Center Energy Efficiency

The Facilities staff at St. Edward’s University recently replaced the overhead lights at the pool area in the Recreation and Convocation Center building. The pool previously had 14 metal halide lamps installed. These were replaced by more energy-efficient compact fluorescent… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s University implements wholesale sustainable Initiatives, including LED lights

St. Edward’s University’s sustainability initiatives are increasingly gaining media exposure, as illustrated through a recent article by  From conscientious energy consumption to eco-friendly food choices in our dining halls, our efforts are being acknowledged across the web and in the… Continue Reading →

More Bike Racks on Campus

Being sustainable at St. Edward’s is getting easier by the day. Dozens of bike racks are currently being installed around campus for use by students, faculty and staff. Biking has a wide variety of benefits. Leave your car at home… Continue Reading →

Time to Celebrate! Single-Stream Recycling

Time to celebrate!  The success of St. Edward’s single-stream recycling switch has showed a whopping 23% increase in collection of recyclables since September 2011! Recycling is worth celebrating because it is a critical way we can reduce waste while increasing… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s Featured in University Business Magazine

St. Edward’s University was featured in the national publication, University Business.

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