Students working with the professor on sustainability projects.

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) advances the common good by catalyzing problem-solving, innovation, and leadership for human and environmental well-being.

We facilitate campus sustainability by convening stakeholders from across the University of St. Thomas to comprehensively assess, strategically plan, and implement sustainable innovations. New at St. Thomas:

  • We recently published St. Thomas’ first campus sustainability assessment and received a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • We launched a new Bicycle Ambassador program designed to foster a culture of cycling on campus through outreach, mentoring, leading student rides, connecting St. Thomas to Twin Cities bike groups and events, participating in campus planning, and participating in local decision making around the St. Paul Bike Plan

We create academic programming for students across the curriculum through experiential, applied learning opportunities like the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) and we empower faculty to integrate sustainability into their courses. Recent accomplishments:

  • Over 100 courses across the curriculum have earned a SUST designation
  • Since SCP's launch in Spring 2016, over 1,000 students from more than 75 courses across 23 disciplines have engaged in 80 municipal sustainability projects

Your financial support will influence the progress of sustainability work on campus and equip graduates to carry sustainability ideas and concepts with them into the communities where they work, live, and serve.

Current students at the University of St. Thomas are passionate about sustainability and are joining donors to support these initiatives on campus.

Use the form on this page to support the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. 

Thank you!

"SCP has been essential in showing how our education ties in with the UST mission. This [Sustainable Communities Partnership] project has allowed us to analyze real-world data, collaborate with classmates, and present solutions to problems that affect real communities. We are applying skills we have cultivated in the classroom to projects that advance the common good."

Anna Kate Nolan, ECON 401 student