St. Thomas student Parker Hewes (left) stands with DeDe Fuller and Adam Pruitt, two high school students who work for Brightside Produce.

Unique UST Approach Gets Fresh Produce to Corner Stores

A project linking UST and others is helping bring fresh produce to corner stores in neighborhoods where it is otherwise hard to find. Brightside Produce, a collaboration between University of St. Thomas students and faculty, Community Table (a Minneapolis nonprofit) and convenience store owners, delivers wholesale, high-quality produce to convenience stores in the quantities and prices they need. The leftovers each week are offered for sale to students, faculty and staff at St. Thomas. This deals with one of the biggest problems these stores have with produce: what to do with overstock that will soon expire.

“To our knowledge it’s the first economically sustainable model for distributing low-cost, fresh produce to corner stores,” said biology associate professor Adam Kay. Read more in the Newsroom story.

UST Students at Clinton Global Initiative University

Seniors John Umarov and Julio Vasquez and sophomore Chad Helland joined influencers and more than 1,000 like-minded students at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) from March 6-8 in Miami.

Umarov, Vasquez and Helland, all members of St. Thomas’ chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, were accepted to the conference on their idea of producing concentrated solar power for those without access to electricity. Read more about it in the Newsroom story.



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