Sustainability at St. Edward's



Make your move in green

If you’re headed to campus this week, take advantage of these tips to make your move in fast, easy, and more sustainable. Only pack what you need Moving will take less time (very important when it’s hot outside) and you’ll… Continue Reading →

How to recycle ink cartridges and toner

Need to recycle your ink cartridges or toners? Recycle them at the store you purchased them from or directly with the manufacturer. HP, Canon, and several other manufacturers provide return labels for used supplies free of charge. HP: Canon: Office supply stores like Staples have rewards programs for recycling used supplies. Contact… Continue Reading →

Six simple ways to reduce your plastic footprint

Behind every aspiring environmentalist is the “4 -R” Rule! Reduce, refuse, reuse and recycle! The main goal is to initially reduce your plastic intake from stores, be creative in avoiding the use of plastic and as a last resort recycle. Small… Continue Reading →

Local package free options

Loop, a new zero-waste platform, recently launched with global companies coming together to create a supply chain that reuses product packaging. While the program hasn’t launched in Austin yet, you can reduce single-use packaging in your day to day life by… Continue Reading →

Tips for greening your tech

Did you know that since 2016, OIT has recycled more than 27 tons of university e-waste and more than 650 computers? The Office of Information Technology (OIT) helps St. Edward’s University be green year-round. To celebrate Earth Week, they’ve put together a list… Continue Reading →

Recycling 101: Can I recycle this?

Sometimes, you just don’t know if you can or can’t recycle something. There are some tricky products out there! Here’s a roundup of some of the toughest products to figure out. Still unsure? The safest thing to do is toss… Continue Reading →

SEU recycles styrofoam

SEU recycles styrofoam! Clean and dry styrofoam (no packing peanuts, sorry) can be dropped off in the collection box located in JBWN outside of room 120. Collection dates: Every day Convenient drop off location in JBWN, outside room 120 Remove… Continue Reading →

Recycling 101: Cardboard and Glass Tips

Recycling on campus is easy with our single-stream bins. That means everything can go in one container, from your cardboard boxes to your Topo Chico bottles. You can even leave labels on both! Cardboard Recycling Tips You can recycle cardboard… Continue Reading →

Recycling 101: A quick guide

With students, faculty, and staff coming from all over the city, country, and world, knowing what to recycle can be confusing. St. Edward’s University recently partnered with Waste Management to handle all of our campus’ waste and recycling and it’s… Continue Reading →

How to recycle your old computer

When it’s time to say goodbye to your old computer, monitor, or hardware, the Office of Information Technology can help you get it to a recycling facility. OIT partners with ATX Global Trading and Apple’s GiveBack program to recycle and repurpose computer parts. ATX Global… Continue Reading →

Eco-friendly gift wrap ideas

The holidays are here! Which, at least in my house, means a last-minute scramble to wrap gifts. Instead of buying wrapping paper that ends up in the trash, try reusable options this year. I bet you even have a few… Continue Reading →

Green caffeine

Most of us start our day with a jolt of caffeine (or two, or three). Your coffee habit can go green with just a little effort. If your office uses k-cups, swap to compostable options. In the past few years,… Continue Reading →

Sustainable packaging picks

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you want to make more sustainable choices. There is so much information out there, where do you even start? How about the trash can? Every day, the average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash… Continue Reading →

Green Halloween

Spooky Trees and Creepy Crafts What do trees and Halloween have in common? More than you think! Trees have been the star of many horror movies. Here is our favorite watch list. To celebrate trees and Halloween, the Office of Sustainability… Continue Reading →

Recycling and Composting on the Hilltop 101

Classes have begun and there’s a lot going on! To ensure that you know all about recycling and composting on campus, here’s a quick and handy guide. Also, check out our video on campus recycling and composting tips! Classrooms and offices: Gray… Continue Reading →

Start the Semester on a “Green” Foot

Welcome to Fall 2017 on the Hilltop! Whether this is your first time on campus or you’re coming back, we have plenty of ways for you to start the semester off on a “green” foot. Composting: Composting bins are located… Continue Reading →

Join RecycleMania 2017, a Dorm v. Dorm Recycling Competition

Are you ready for RecycleMania? Now it’s time to act and promote waste reduction for a greener Hilltop! Throughout the month of April there will be a friendly competition among the dorms, and the dorm that recycles the most will… Continue Reading →

New Recycling Requirements for Many Construction Projects

The thousands of tons of construction debris generated by Austin’s building boom would hinder reaching Austin’s recycling goals if not for the City’s new Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance. Construction projects and remodeling jobs for more than 5,000 square feet… 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 →

Top 5 Free Apps to Help You Recycle

Here’s a fact you may (or may not) already know: We don’t recycle enough here on campus! In fact, only about 35 percent of students on campus actually recycle! Why so few? There are so many reasons we give Mother… Continue Reading →

Increasing Recycling on the Hilltop

The City of Austin’s new requirement is for businesses to recycle 50% of their waste, a 1:1 ratio of recycling to trash! We Hilltoppers need to do all that we can to decrease our input of recyclable materials into landfills…. Continue Reading →

Facilities Office Selects New Environmental Health and Safety Intern, Ellie Blair

The St. Edward’s University Facilities Department is thrilled to introduce to you the newest member of our team: Ellie Blair. Ellie was selected to represent our university as the Environmental Health & Safety Intern. As a current graduate student in… Continue Reading →

Students for Sustainability Clothing Swap: December 2

Students for Sustainability is hosting a campus-wide clothing swap! We invite the campus community to bring in their gently-used old clothing items to swap for other “new” clothing items. Be sustainable in reusing and recycling clothing! All clothes left over… Continue Reading →

Sustainability Video Series: Paper Recycling

In our continuing efforts to inform everyone on the Hilltop on how to become more sustainable, we were inspired by the Office of Information Technology’s recent video series to create this video on paper recycling. Enjoy, and keep your eyes out for more… Continue Reading →

5 Tips for Easy Recycling in Your Apartment or Condo From Austin Resource Recovery

Live in an apartment complex or condo? Then you probably already know that recycling can be a bit of a challenge, especially if your property manager is not on board. Luckily, Austin Resource Recovery is here to help. Their latest blog, “5 Tips… Continue Reading →

Recent MSEM Graduate Completes Austin Plastic Bag Ban Study and Presents to City Advisory Board

Aaron Waters MSEM ’15 was hired by the City of Austin to conduct a report on the nationally-famous Austin plastic bag ban to measure its effectiveness since being launched in March 2013. Aaron presented the report to the City of Austin’s Zero… 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 →

Make Your Own Valentine From Recycled Paper on Feb. 11

Students for Sustainability will be selling Valentine’s Day cards from handmade recycled paper Wednesday February 11th from 11:00-1:30p.m in the Ragsdale Lobby. Please come stop by! Here’s a word from Caitlin Coghlan, Students for Sustainability Events Coordinator and Expert in… Continue Reading →

St. Edward’s Uniform Recycling Program Featured in AASHE Bulletin

We’re excited to announce that St. Edward’s University was featured in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) weekly bulletin for our uniform recycling program! This bulletin is emailed to AASHE’s international network of sustainability-minded students,… Continue Reading →

Styrofoam Recycling Pilot Program at St. Edward’s Now in Action

SEU recycles styrofoam! Clean and dry styrofoam (no packing peanuts, sorry) can be dropped off in the collection box located in JBWN outside of room 120. Collection dates: Every day Convenient drop off location in JBWN, outside room 118 Remove… Continue Reading →

Second SEU student wins $1,500 Scholarship from National Recycling Coalition + SXSW Eco Ambassador

Last month, we shared with you that Janelle Sylvester ’14, Environmental Science and Policy major and co-president of Students for Sustainability, won a National Recycling Coalition scholarship. Every year the National Recycling Coalition, Inc. (NCR) awards scholarships to students in… Continue Reading →

SEU student wins $1,500 Scholarship from National Recycling Coalition

Janelle Sylvester ’14, Environmental Science and Policy major and co-president of Students for Sustainability, won a National Recycling Coalition scholarship. A stellar student, Janelle took the opportunity to apply for this scholarship after learning about it on the sustainability blog…. Continue Reading →

Art and Cultural Change Class: A Sustainability Project on Campus

During the week of March 5, Professor Michelle Polgar inspired students in her CULF 1319 course, Art and Cultural Change, to create a work of art that made a cultural statement about the issues students are dealing with in their… 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 →

Single-Stream Recycling at St. Edward’s

St. Edward’s University is transforming the way we manage recyclable materials and phasing in a new single-stream recycling pilot program across campus. The new system will bring convenience, long-term cost savings and enhanced sustainability. Single stream recycling means that all… Continue Reading →

Recycling ink cartridges on campus

Learn how to recycle your ink cartridges and toner here.

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