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Campus Resources

Zero Waste Initiative Sustainability Newsletter Re-Think Transportation
Campus Idling Policy Getting Involved on Campus Links and Downloads
AQ Sustains Contest on Instagram

The Center for Sustainability is joining the social scene! Along with our Facebook account “Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College,” we now have an account on Instagram! Follow us at “AQ_Sustainability” for frequent updates.

On Friday, February 21, we are launching a photo contest. The contest will conclude on Friday, March 7.

We looked for the Aquinas community to submit photos of themselves or with friends engaging in sustainable lifestyle activities. This included your participation in RecycleMania, replacing disposable products with reusable products, any waste collections you have implemented in your dorm, apartment, or home, etc. Make sure to use the hashtag #AQsustains with the photo. Our goal was to increase awareness of sustainability through this contest.

The Center for Sustainability staff chose the top five photos. From the five, the Aquinas community will voted on first, second and third places. Top prize was a $100 gift card to Patagonia. Second place was a Sling Pack from Patagonia and third place was a water bottle to stay hydrated. We loved the creative pictures! Download the FAQ/Rules here.


Zero Waste Initiative

The Center for Sustainability and Students Striving for Sustainability (S3) are partnering to further Aquinas’ commitment to sustainability by moving toward the goal of achieving campus-wide, zero municipal solid waste by 2014. >More Information
Campus Excessive Idling Policy
Idle-Free Campus

Aquinas College is an "idle-free" campus, meaning no vehicle is permitted to idle longer than 5 minutes while on college property. An unattended idling vehicle poses not only a safety threat, but also a security risk. By limiting the amount of time vehicles are permitted to idle to 5 minutes, the policy helps to preserve the natural beauty of campus while simultaneously supporting AQ's pledge to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Certain exceptions have been written into the policy to accommodate buses and diesel engines in extreme temperatures.


The excessive idling policy received approval from Provost Gunnoe on April 28, 2011. The proposal received a 5- on a 1 to 5 scale- in the Joint Sustainability Committee on March 2, 2011and passed the Student Senate on April 20, 2011.


>View the policy (pdf) >Download the policy education brochure (pdf)


Sustainability Newsletter
Stay informed about the latest sustainability news on campus.
Getting Involved on Campus
Volunteer in the AQ Community Garden this Summer!

Volunteers are needed for our AQ community garden! Come on out to the garden located east of the AMC to help with planting day, harvesting day, or become a regular volunteer! The garden is two raised beds tended square foot gardening style, which reduces the need for fertilizers and weed pulling! To be considered a "serious" volunteer this summer, all you have to do is commit to tending the garden one day per week for at least 30 minutes. If interested, please contact Jessica Eimer.

Got Art?*
A web section on Moose where members of the Aquinas Community can post or request art pieces to be displayed on campus. On the Moose, select "Sustainability Initiative" In the right hand navigation section to access "GotArt?"
One Saint's Junk is Another Saint's Treasure*
An online forum where members of the Aquinas Community can connect with others on campus to find items for donation and advertise unwanted goods. On the Moose, select "Sustainability Initiative" In the right hand navigation section to access "One Saint's Junk."
What Do You Think?*
What do you think about the Sustainability Initiative suggestions that are in process? Share your thoughts on any of the proposals currently in process and see what others think.
Re-Think Transportation
Learn how to use the Grand Rapids bus system, view routes from AQ to popular destinations in the city, learn about bike rental programs and much more. >>More
Links and Downloads
Links to some of our favorite sustainability programs and organizations. >>More
Aquinas College Tree Guide
The Tree Guide shows the location of 108 types of trees on campus that are all native to Michigan. The guide is available online and can also be saved to your computer or printed.
Faculty and Staff Sustainability Guide 2013
The 2013 Faculty and Staff Sustainability Guide is available for download. The guide contains basic information on campus sustainability programs, including how you can get involved.
Student Sustainability Guide 2013-14: Sustainable Saints
The 2013-14 edition of the Student Sustainability Guide is now available for download! This guide offers tips for reducing waste, rethinking transportation, supporting local businesses, and taking action with policies and clubs in the campus community. Click here to download the guide.
REDUCE before you RECYCLE your junk mail (PDF)*

Every year, Americans receive close to 4 million tons of junk mail. Some people have taken steps toward sustainability by recycling this junk mail instead of tossing it in the trash. While recycling is an appealing method, there is a more constructive action we can take: REDUCE.

Re-Thinking the Way We Print (PDF)*
Paper use is, perhaps, the most common recurring issue in the sustainability discussion. Aquinas College uses over two tons of paper annually or 34 trees worth. Find out what you can do to reduce paper usage at AQ.
Aquinas College Students, Faculty, and Staff Addresses by Zip Code (PDF)*
View a map depicting where Aquinas' students, faculty, and staff reside.
*Note: These links are only accessible from the Aquinas computer network and AQNet.