UST student measures plant growth in the Stewardship Garden

New Living and Learning Community Will Focus on Sustainability

In Fall of 2015, first-year students will have the chance to join a new sustainability-focused Living and Learning Community. While living on campus, on a floor in Dowling Hall or Brady Hall, students will explore sustainable human-environment systems through innovative community engagement and social activities throughout the Twin Cities.

In the classroom, students will take multidisciplinary courses while developing the experiences and skills necessary to write grants, conduct research, and effectively engage with community partners on projects that promote both environmental and social well-being. Students can apply for this exciting new living option when they complete Housing Preferences in Spring 2014. To learn more, or apply, check out the website.

UST Places in Top 30 Universities for Green Power

St. Thomas has once again ranked among the U.S. EPA's list of top 30 colleges and universities for green power usage. UST placed 19th on the list, which is based on the total amount of energy used per year from sustainable sources. The ranking does not reflect the percentage of the schools' power that comes from renewable sources: for UST that is 87%, which exceeds that of many schools who rank above UST in the list. Most of UST's renewable power comes from wind power purchased from Xcel Energy. See the complete list on the EPA's site

Solar Panels Installed on Anderson Student Center

A solar panel system has been installed on top of the Anderson Student Center on the UST campus.  The 40 kilowatt photovoltaic panel array will contribute the university’s goal of reducing carbon emissions, and help students in geography, biology, engineering and other fields learn hands-on about the technology.

Students in Paul Lorah’s Conservation Geography class wrote a Campus Sustainability Fund proposal for the solar panels with a cost of $150,000. The project received $50,571 from St. Thomas’ Campus Sustainability Fund and in the form of 10 annual rebates (estimated to be more than $11,000 each) from the Made in Minnesota Solar Energy Program Lottery.

On average, the solar panel system will produce 56,000 kilowatt hours per year for the next 25 years. Electricity generated by the system will lower UST energy costs by approximately $5,100 per year. The system’s carbon-reduction will be the equivalent of 4,345 gallons of gasoline consumed per year (108,585 gallons over 25 years), or the equivalent of 41,477 pounds of coal burned per year (1,036,518 pounds over 25 years).

For more details, see the Newsroom story.

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St. Thomas is a certified EPA Green Power partner

A voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.

UST signs Presidents Climate Commitment

President Dease announced the signing of the Presidents Climate Commitment at his 2008 Convocation Speech