Resources for University Sustainability

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

AASHE: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

The AASHE mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. AASHE provides an excellent resource center. UST is a member of the organization, and as such, can utilize the entire site.

National Wildlife Federation: Campus Ecology

The Campus Ecology program of the National Wildlife Federation promotes climate leadership and sustainability among colleges and universities by providing resources and technical support, creating networking opportunities and organizing education events. Annually, the NWF with Princeton Survey Research Associates International release a National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education.

American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

Building on the growing momentum for leadership and action on climate change, the Presidents Climate Commitment provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to go climate neutral. President Dease announced his signing of the Commitment at the Fall 2008 President's Convocation Speech.

UMACS: Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability

Hosted by The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, UMACS serves as a networking tool, information resource, and conference organizer for faculty, Facilities Management professionals, campus administrators, and students. UST is a member of UMACS and both attended and presented at the most recent conference at Luther College.


Find bike routes that match the way and the route you ride. Bike routes mapped for the 7 county Twin Cities metro area


Transit information by Twin City buses and light rail including schedules, trip planners, transit passes. Discounted bus bases for UST students can be obtained from UST Parking Services.

TEAM: Transcampus Energy Action Movement

An association of Minnesota college students working on global warming, energy, and sustainability on campuses, in their communities, as well as at the regional level. They network to become more effective in finding and sharing collaborative solutions to real world problems. TEAM allows Minnesota campuses to have a solid youth voice. The group is organized as a Google Group and schedules most local meetings at Macalester College.

DNR: Adopt a River Program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors and publicizes river cleanups. Volunteers choose their own site from shorelines that have not yet been adopted. The program supplies "how-to" assistance, free rubbish bags, gloves and recognition after a reporting of cleanup results. The UST Green Team coordinates two cleanups annually on the east banks of the Mississippi while the UST Environmental Law Society does one of the west bank.