Student SCP FAQs

The Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) is a strategic initiative in the Office of Sustainability Initiatives to link St. Thomas courses and independent student research across disciplines to city-identified sustainability and quality of life projects. Students advance the common good and gain real-world, problem-solving experience by applying course content and independent research to investigate creative solutions and approaches to city-identified sustainability goals.

SCP courses provide experiential learning opportunities to engage in real-world issues, develop creative problem solving skills, and to collaboratively advance the common good.

Gain Experience

Working with city staff and real-world projects, you'll meet leaders in the Twin Cities area, build your resume, and learn more about what you can do with your major or graduate field of study.

See Your Education in Action

In SCP courses, you'll apply what you learn in class to solve real-world problems. You'll develop innovative and creative approaches to a city’s high-priority sustainability and quality of life goals.

Advance the Common Good

St. Thomas encourages students to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. In an SCP course, you'll collaborate with communities to improve their long-term quality of life.

Independent student research!  Learn more here.

Learn more about our partners here.  Ask your course instructor for your project lead's contact information.  They are excited to partner with us and are happy to answer your questions!

Take a look at past SCP project and outcomes here and current projects here.

Instructions for Mileage Reimbursement and Parking

1.  Fill out the “Mileage Cost Calculation Spreadsheet.”  (Use Google Maps to determine your mileage.)  Print the Google Map and the spreadsheet.

2.  Open the Student Reimbursement Form.

3.  Complete the following sections of the Student Reimbursement Form:

  • Date Submitted, ID number
  • Payee Information: (Fill in your name, SSN, and contact information.  Use the address to which you’d like the reimbursement mailed.)
  • Payment Information:  (Example:  I traveled to Elk River on February 20, 2016 to tour the Green Roof site at the Waste Water Treatment Plant for Environmental Problem Solving.)
  • Reimbursement of Student Expenses
    If you drove:  Fill in the total cost from your mileage spreadsheet (plus any parking expenses) in the blank for “Ground Transportation.”
    If you rode the bus:  Write the cost of your bus pass in the blank for “Ground Transportation.”
  • Leave all other sections blank.
  • Print the Student Reimbursement Form.

5.  Sign your name on ‘Signature of Requestor’ line.

6.  Ask your course instructor to sign the line ‘Budget Responsible Person or Advisor Approval’.

7.  Attach your "Mileage Cost Calculation Spreadsheet" and any parking receipts or bus passes (as applicable) to your Student Reimbursement Form.

8.  Return in person or via campus mail to Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Murray-Herrick 212, MAIL 5026.

If you have any questions, please email Maria Dahmus at

Yes!  Please stop by MHC 212K for a transit pass or follow the mileage reimbursement instructions above.

Please email Maria Dahmus for a copy of the travel liability form.  Please return to the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Murray-Herrick 212K or MAIL 5026.

Please email Maria Dahmus for a copy of the photo release form. Please return to the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Murray-Herrick 212K or MAIL 5026.

Other Questions?

If you don't find the question you have here, please contact Dr. Maria Dahmus, SCP Program Director.