Recognition & Reports
In 2008, University of St. Thomas President Reverend Dennis Dease signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. In 2010, he endorsed a Climate Action Plan outlining our university’s steps to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.
In the decade that has followed, this commitment to sustainability has permeated nearly every aspect of campus life at St. Thomas. We report on our sustainability initiatives through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), and received a gold STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
The University conducts annual inventories of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, the University received three Marks of Distinction for demonstrating measurable progress towards our carbon neutrality goal.
In the summer of 2019, the University adopted and published its first sustainability strategic plan. This document describes the University's commitment to lead in environmental stewardship and prepare students to be sustainability leaders.