Stay in touch with Sustainability at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University through this monthly update.  Regular updates on news, people, events, energy, waste, and conservation tips will be featured.

January 2011

Energy Challenge:

The Energy Challenge runs the month of February.  Student buildings compete against student buildings, staff against staff. The student building winners get free bowling and refreshments.

The CSB and SJU student and staff winning buildings get a plaque to display in their building.


Runs for 8 weeks, February 6 - April 2, 2011. CSB and SJU compete against 604 other schools, including St. Thomas. The school that has the highest recycling to waste ratio will win!

CSB Holiday Shutdown Saves 464 mtons of CO2e!

By closing campus for 11 days over the Christmas and New Year holidays, CSB cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 464 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.* (In 2009, the total saved was 469 mtons.) This was achieved by reducing the heat in all buildings to 50°F and shutting off the electricity. Imagine what is possible if each of us remembers to turn off the lights when we leave the room?!

Greenhouse Gas Update:

In fiscal year 2009, the SJU community emitted 27277 mtons of CO2e; 29354.5 mtons in 2010.

Needed Items:

Opens March 2nd and will use recycled items, they are looking for:

100 used but dry teabags with the tag, old (clean) socks of any color, thick flexible plastic lids -like the tops on raisin containers, assorted items: fabric, ribbon, yarn, old tablecloths, sheets, bedspreads, shower curtains, men's jackets, SHOES (except sneakers),  men's ties, old hats... and whatever might be useful.

Contact: Kaarin Johntson

Outdoor Recycling at SJU

Thanks to funding from the St. John's Senate, Grounds, Custodial, and the Office of Sustainability there is now outdoor recycling at 11 locations at SJU.

Target Field:

On Wednesday, February 10th, CSB welcomes Dave Horsman, Senior Director of Ballpark Operations at Target Field, a state-of-the-art ball park.  Dave will describe the ground-breaking sustainability initiatives at Target Field and highlight ways you can improve the sustainability of your facility and events.  7:30pm, Gorecki 204. Sponsored by CSB Athletics, Exercise Science & Sport Studies, and the Office of Sustainability.

Is your office paperless?

We want to hear from you. We are compiling a list of programs and offices that have opted to go paperless.  Please email [email protected] if your program fits this category. Thanks!