Sustainability Initiative at Aquinas College

Sustainability News & Events

Sustainability Events (on-campus)


Off-Campus Events:

2019 AASHE Conference and Expo
Dates: October 27 - 30, 2019
Location: Spokan, WA
Expected to draw approximately 2,000 participants, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) annual conference is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. We invite you to join us and share your knowledge, achievements and ideas.

With a theme of Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy, AASHE 2019 is tackling the root cause for the continued rise in carbon emissions: our dysfunctional economic system. The conference seeks to showcase and strengthen higher education’s contributions to the movement for a sustainable economy, which we see as inclusive of the exciting work happening under a variety of other names such as the solidarity economy, wellbeing economy, circular economy, post-growth economy, regenerative economy and restorative economy. >More information

Sustainability News

Tip the Scale Waste Competition Winners
The final results of the Tip the Scale Waste Competition are in! Congratulations to Regina Hall on winning the competition this year. Regina won with a 47.56% diversion rate, while St. Joe's finished with 42.57%. Regina will hold the student travelling sustainability trophy until the next competition.  The winner of this fall's RA Eduction Challenge (and a RocketBook Notebook and solar charger) was Kelli Adrian! She completed an informative bulletin board in her residence hall with a creative Halloween theme. Thanks to all who participated.

Homecoming and Move-In Were Zero Waste Events!
Thanks to the help of dozens of volunteers, first year move-in and homecoming at AQ were zero waste events. Move-in wrapped up with 989.8 lbs of recycling, 38.6 lbs of compost, 38.2 lbs of comforter bag donations, and 65.4 lbs of trash. That computes to an impressive 94% diversion rate! Since 2014, that is our second highest move-in diversion rate. The homecoming zero waste effort was also successful, with a 94.12% diversion rate. Thanks again to our volunteers and extraordinary interns for making it happen.

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