October 2010



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. 

October 2010

posterDo We Actually Recycle? Come and find out.

Community Sustainability Forum: We're talkin' Trash, Recycling and Zero Waste.

Tuesday Nov. 16th, 4:15-5:00pm at Brother Willies Pub.  Open to all staff, students, faculty and monastics.  This is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and get involved.



Video update: Abbot talks Sustainability

As part of the Lunch and Learn series the abbot spoke about sustainability.  This video is no longer available.


SJU Year of Sustainability Goals released: 

These have been approved by the Sustainable campus committee, but by no means are limits to what we hope to get started this year.



Rabbi CraneJust Enough: Jewish Ruminations on Food, Faith, and Fairness

Presentation by Rabbi Jonathan K. Crane, Ph.D.

Monday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.

Alumni Lounge, First Floor Quad, Saint John's University  

Rabbi Crane, scholar of bioethics and Jewish thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics, will discuss how satisfying hunger is not merely a culinary feat, but also a theological issue and a matter of justice. 


 Career EXPO 2010 on November 10th at Gorecki Conference Center running from 8:30AM-7:00PM. There will be a Green Careers panel at 9:40am at Gorecki 120, a "Sustainability-Green Careers that make a difference" session, as well as several opportunities to network, inquire about internships and a job.  Don't miss it!

 The Sustainability Survey

We have had about 1400 responses to the survey.  Highlights include:

• Large majority of total respondents expect to learnmore about sustainability while at CSB/SJU
•Over 69% of student respondents know little or nothing about the Office of Sustainability
•More than half the total respondents would be willing to pay a sustainability fee
•Majority of respondents find it important that CSB/SJU become a leader in sustainability and the environment

Recycling Video:

Hey CSB and SJU students- have you seen the recycling videos?  Familiarize yourself with your system so you know how to participate in this important part of our community.


Nature of CollegeReading Group:

With Support from the Literary Arts Institute, CSB/SJU Libraries, a grant from Target, and the faculty of the Environmental Studies Department, a reading group was put together.  About 80 people have joined the groups.  The first half of the "Nature of College" by Jim Farrell was covered in the first meeting and Professor Farrell will be joining us for the second half on Nov 18th.

Green Sisters: Nov.18th 4:15-5:30

Habitat, Habits, Hybrids and the Ecozoic Era

Main TRC Board Room 


recyclingFootball Recycling:

In a continuation of last year's Pilot program, the Football games will have recycling available. Cold weather decreased the amount of waste and recycling generated from the game against Gustavus.  It took four volunteers only about half an hour to clean up the entire stadium.  We hope to continue this initiative for winter sports at SJU.


Be our friend on Facebook!  Click here or search for "The Sustainability Office." 

Powervote Video:

Casey W. made a video encouraging you to vote for clean energy.  Check it out!