Campus Initiatives

St. Thomas integrates sustainability throughout our campus operations: 

  • Bike Registration: Students, Faculty and Staff can register their bike with the Department of Public Safety for free to reduce the possibility of bike theft.
  • BrightSide Produce: This collaboration between the University of St. Thomas and Community Table Co-op is an economically sustainable business model that makes fresh produce more available in low-income urban neighborhoods.
  • Green Buildings: St. Thomas constructs and operates buildings with sustainability in mind. The Anderson Student Center achieved LEED Gold certification.
  • Microgrid: A new facility at the School of Engineering supports research and testing of renewable energy and energy storage systems.
  • Pollinator Path: This series of garden beds provides food and habitat for a wide variety of pollinators and serves as a living laboratory for students and the community to study pollinator-friendly plants. 
  • Sustainable Dining: Dining Services incorporates sustainability into its operations through initiatives addressing waste reduction, diversion of food waste to farm animals, and food donations through the Food Recovery Network.  
  • Stewardship Garden: Located on South Campus in St. Paul, the Stewardship Garden creates research and educational opportunities in urban agriculture, and helps build community relationships on campus and with neighborhood residents.
  • Transportation Options: St. Thomas encourages the use of multiple modes of transportation to get to and from campus and hosts HOURCAR  carsharing hubs on both campuses.
  • Waste Reduction: St. Thomas offers single stream recycling and encourages reduction and reuse. The University strives to achieve an 80% recycling rate by 2030.