Sustainability at St. Edward's



Tips for a Green Holiday Season

Every holiday season, it’s commonplace that many of us feel the looming pressure to produce something new and exciting for the people on our shopping list. But something new doesn’t have to come at the expense of our planet, or… Continue Reading →

A Time to be Thankful and Not as Wasteful

The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and we’re entering a time of reflection and thankfulness. Be it Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, there is one thing most of us count on- lots and lots of food! However, sometimes, lots and lots… Continue Reading →

Mischief Night: Last minute sustainable costumes

Picture this. It’s 8PM and you’re on the couch watching Netflix noshing on cauliflower. Your friend from your 2PM Ethics class messages you,  “Hey friend, tomorrow- me, you, a couple of friends. We’re going out! Gonna catch some Halloween screenings,… Continue Reading →

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 →

Put your Koozie collection to work

If you’re like me, you have a stack of Koozies at home collecting dust. Austin360 compiled this list of 12 ways to reuse Koozies at work or home. How do you reuse Koozies? Tag us in your photos on Instagram at @seu_sustainability.

Indoor plants that clean your air

Plants can improve your mood, boost productivity, and bring warmth to your living spaces. But did you know that they’re great at cleaning the air? NASA even uses plants to remove volatile organic compounds from circulating air. There is no wrong… Continue Reading →

Ways to make your office more sustainable

Helping your office become more sustainable does not have to be difficult. To kick off the launch of our Sustainable Office Checklist, we put together this list of easy tips to reduce your footprint this week. 1. Create some green challenges… Continue Reading →

Introducing the Sustainable Office Checklist

The Office of Sustainability has compiled the Sustainable Office Checklist to encourage your office or area to get a little greener. You’ll find everyday tips, like turning off the lights and electronics when not in use, to tips for the… Continue Reading →

Live like an environmentalist in Austin

Switch up your routine and keep a low carbon footprint by checking out all of Austin’s coolest spots. Below are some easy tips and awesome hang out places to get the full eco-friendly experience Using these tips you can reduce your… Continue Reading →

Plastic free July is here

This month is Plastic Free July. Even if you aren’t fully participating, you can spend the month trying to cut back on your daily plastic use because every little bit helps. To kick off the challenge, try these easy ways to… 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 →

5 thrift store hacks to get the perfect outfit

Thrift shops are a great way to save money and help the environment. Reusing and repurposing clothing and household items reduces waste and pollution. With back to school shopping right around the corner, now is a great time to rethink… 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 →

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 →

Simple ways to celebrate Earth Day

Monday, is Earth Day and kicks off a week of events and activities at St. Edward’s University devoted to celebrating Earth Week and sustainability. In honor of Earth Week, here are a few ways you can easily get involved. Recycle Before you… Continue Reading →

Students bring #SmallStepsBigChange to life

Professor Nancy Reiter-Salisbury’s Social Media for Public Relations class developed Social Media for Social Change projects. We’re highlighting the group projects and speaking to team members about why sustainability is important to them, what they’ve learned, and their advice for fellow… 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 →

Your Guide to a Sustainable Lent

If you are struggling to figure out what to give up for Lent this year or even just looking to better yourself… Look no farther. I have compiled a list of 5 Eco-friendly practices you can easily implement in your… 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 →

Green Thanksgiving tips

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but sometimes, the day can be stressful. Hosting a green Thanksgiving might be the last thing on your mind but it’s easy to have a more sustainable Thanksgiving gathering without adding stress,… 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 →

Travel Sustainably This Summer With Take Care of Texas

As you plan and embark on your summer adventures, check out these helpful tips from Take Care of Texas to make it as green a trip as possible!

10 Tips For A Greener Holiday Season

Originally shared on December 18, 2013 The fact so many people are thinking about other people at this time of year makes the holiday season a special one. Nevertheless, I often look at the culture of consumerism which fills the… Continue Reading →

Shut Down Sustainably for the Holidays

We all play an important role in reducing our energy and conserving resources on campus. Taking five minutes to complete five small actions before you go will reduce energy use and support the Hilltop Community in achieving our sustainability goals!… 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 →

Top 5 Ocean Hangouts of 2014 on The Online Ocean Symposium

I’d like to share with the St. Edward’s University community a little insight on what I’ve learned from a great organization called The Online Ocean Symposium founded by Andrew Kornblatt. I met Andrew at the SXSW Eco conference in October of 2014…. Continue Reading →

Have a Happy and Sustainable Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again, and what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving then by doing what’s best for your family and for the planet. There are plenty of ways to make this year’s Turkey Day a more sustainable one… Continue Reading →

Please Don’t Decorate the Trees off of Highway 360

A message from the Wild Basin Creative Research Center: It’s that time of year again when decorated cedar trees along Loop 360 become part of a holiday landscape of tinsel and ornaments. In an effort to minimize the non-biodegradable debris… Continue Reading →

The Importance of Campus Sustainability: What Can YOU Do?

A college campus never truly sleeps. With classes running from dawn until dusk, student organizations holding meetings at random and sometimes odd hours of the day, staff and faculty members keeping the college running smoothly across multiple offices and buildings,… Continue Reading →

Green Moving Practices

At some point in each of our lives, we find ourselves needing to move from one place to another. Whether it’s a long or short-distance move, here are some tips to help you be more sustainable through the process. Take… Continue Reading →

7 Everyday Tips to Support Sustainability

Sustainability means harvesting or using a resource so that resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. It may seem like a challenge to do your part as a student. Likely you are already doing more than you realize to sustain… Continue Reading →

BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag and Be Green!

As you have probably heard or even experienced by now, Austin is now a plastic-bag free zone. If you shopped a week before the ban began (March 1), then you probably received a free reusable bag for your convenience. The… 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 →

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