Environmental responsibility is imperative to the health and wellbeing of our campus, our community, and our planet.

It is achieved through collaborative actions taken across multiple areas of our university, from the buildings we work, live, and study in, to academic and research opportunities, to the food in our dining halls. St. Edward’s recognizes its responsibility in educating and empowering the university community to work together for a more sustainable hilltop.

Explore and learn about sustainability both on campus and around the world.

Check out Green Tips for Toppers to get involved and make your life more eco-friendly. Read about the sustainable initiatives and events happening on campus. Learn what our faculty, staff and students are doing to improve the environment.

Here are highlights we’re particularly proud of:

A Green, Sustainable Campus

St. Edward's is committed to creating and maintaining a sustainable campus. Our green practices include eco-friendly building construction and landscaping, recycling and composting, and student involvement in organizations such as Green Ambassadors, Students for Sustainability and a student-run garden.

Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition

Sustainability Team 


Jim Morris

Jim Morris

AVP of Operations & Sustainability Coordinator 

Morris oversees the maintenance operations for the university, including energy management, landscape services, custodial services, and the various building systems. He has input and oversight responsibilities with projects ranging from minor repairs to larger renovations. Prior to coming to St. Edward's, Morris oversaw environmental and energy management in a large public school system and had significant involvement with the development of energy conservation, renewable energy initiatives, student outreach, and sustainability.


Bella McClelland

Sustainability Social Media Intern

Bella oversees the Office of Sustainability social media accounts, content creation, and promotional materials, and is assigned tasks each week by University AVP of Operations, Jim Morris, with the goal of increasing sustainability initiatives and awareness on the Hilltop. Bella is currently a senior, majoring in Communication and Advertising and plans to graduate Spring 2024! Bella is currently also SEU representative and Social Media Intern for Austin Reuse Coalition, local non-profit with a mission to create a more sustainable Austin.


Steve Ramirez

Director of Master Planning and Construction 

Ramirez oversees the campus master plan implementation along with oversight on construction projects. Ensuring sustainable materials and practices are in place within our buildings and projects. 


Roy Johnson

University Arborist 

A certified arborist, Johnson manages the campus tree-care plan, maintains our landscapes, and serves on the Tree Campus USA committee. Johnson has kickstarted sustainability projects in his area including the Grounds for Grounds project that turns used coffee grounds from campus cafes and Jo's Coffee into compost and turning landscape waste into compost or mulch that is used right here on campus.