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St. Thomas Food Service Goes to Trayless Wednesdays

The largest food service outlet on the UST campus, The View, is experimenting with a trend that has become a mainstay at colleges and universities nationwide: eliminating the use of trays. The first “trayless Wednesday” took place on April 2.

By the end of the first trayless day, food waste had been reduced by 38 percent. Executive chef Ken Grogg said that while he had not yet calculated the total savings in dollars, the amount of food that was not discarded was significant. “We saved 500 pounds of food,” he said. The first trayless day also saw a savings of 1,250 gallons of water. To read more about the student reaction, see the Newsroom article.

UST Leads Conference in Green Power

University of St. Thomas was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2013-2014 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Since April2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has the largest individual use of green power within a qualifying conference.

University of St. Thomas beat its conference rivals by using nearly 33 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 82 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. According to the U.S. EPA, St. Thomas' green power use is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than 3,000 average American homes annually, or the CO2 emissions of nearly 5,000 passenger vehicles per year.

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UST signs Presidents Climate Commitment

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