St. Edward's University provides a multitude of ways to jump in and help make ours a more sustainable Hilltop and community whether you’re a student, a staff member, or a faculty member.

Internship Opportunities

St. Edward's University students have an opportunity to learn new skills, expand their knowledge, and apply academic knowledge in a "real-life" situation while pursuing their degree. In recent years, students have interned in many environment-related institutions, such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the US Green Building Council, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

To learn about internships opportunities, visit Career and Professional Development or talk to your professor.

Service Learning and Service Opportunities

A teaching and learning strategy, service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. It is a pedagogy that integrates service in the learning objectives of a course and seeks to more critically engage community processes with academic learning. Examples of some of the institutions where our students have participated in service learning include the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

To learn more about service learning and service opportunities, talk to your professor or Campus Ministry.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways that students, staff and faculty can become green volunteers:

  • Writing sustainability blogs: Have an interesting story to tell? A point of view to share? Contactcristinb [at] ( Cristina Bordin) to learn how to contribute
  • Earth Week: Want to help welcome vendors to campus or set up and staff events? Contact cristinb [at] (Cristina Bordin)
  • Student Garden: Contact Students for Sustainability to learn more about working on the garden.
  • Wild Basin Preserve and Creative Research Center: From trail maintenance to wildlife surveys, contact jbelaire [at] (Amy Belaire) for more information.

Students for Sustainability

St. Edward's Students for Sustainability's (SFS) is a chartered student organization sponsored by the President’s Office whose mission is to educate and actively engage the student body about environmental issues and sustainable practices, facilitate a campus garden, and act as a medium for sustainability initiatives on campus.

SFS holds weekly meetings during the school year and welcomes new members at any point! Get involved with SFS. Here is the 2016-2017 SFS Leadership Board so that you can send a personal message:

  • President: dherd [at] (Devin Herd)
  • Vice President: jferris [at] (Joe Ferris)
  • Secretary: jconnor1 [at] (Jasmine Connor)
  • Social Media: gdelucia [at] (Grace DeLuca)
  • Treasurer: cperez10 [at] (Chris Perez)
  • Event Coordinator: lpayne [at] (Lauren Payne)
  • Volunteer Coordinator: mknothe [at] (Mary Knothe)
  • Graphic Designer: kliehr [at] (Kasey Liehr)

Tap the Hilltop

Tap the Hilltop is a student-run campaign with the goal to transform SEU into a “bottled water-free campus.” Tap the Hilltop want to decrease the sale of bottled water on campus by increasing education of the harmful environmental and health repercussions of plastic water bottle consumption. Students for Sustainability  at St. Edward's University came together to launch Tap the Hilltop as a part of Food and Water Watch's national campaign to promote positive initiatives about water awareness and plastic water bottle consumption.

Out of the 60 million plastic water bottles used every day in the US, only 23% of those actually get recycled while the rest are sent to landfills or swept up in rivers, streams, and oceans.

You can get involved with the campaign in a variety of ways:

  • Sign the Tap the Hilltop Pledge to demonstrate your commitment to taking back the tap.
  • Like our Facebook page to stay in the loop on important events such as the film screenings, talks, and educational activities we have hosted and plan to expand and continue.
  • Consider your actions here on the Hilltop and act as a model to your colleagues, classmates, and friends by choosing tap over bottled water at every opportunity. Help us educate the community on how our habits affect the world around us.

Celebrating Sustainability

You have the chance to engage in many different sustainability-focused events throughout the year. From sustainability fairs to guest speakers and roundtable discussions, you can experience a variety of events that university departments host on campus. 

Earth Week

Earth Week is observed every April at St. Edward's University. It's a time of celebration and collaboration -- campus wide and across the wider community. These sustainability-themed events typically include lectures, film screenings and educational demonstrations. Check out what happened in previous years:

Campus Sustainability Day

Campus Sustainability Day allows for students, faculty, and staff at St. Edward's University to learn about sustainable initiatives that a variety of on- and off-campus organizations take in order to be more environmentally friendly. The event is organized by Students for Sustainability.