Create a More Sustainable Hilltop
Whether you’re a student, staff member or faculty member, we encourage you to get involved through one (or more!) of the opportunities below.
Green Living Tips
There are many small things you can do each day to practice sustainability. Think green by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Whether you're a beginner, a student, someone looking to recycle paper or electronics, or you want to make your transportation, home, kitchen, or health and beauty routine greener, every tip lets you make a difference. Even more great ideas can be found here.
Learn new skills, expand your knowledge and then apply this in a "real-life" situation, all while pursuing your degree. 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 internship opportunities, visit Career and Professional Development or talk to your professor.
Service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Our students have participated in service learning at the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Wildlife Federation and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. To learn more about service learning, talk to your professor or Campus Ministry.
There are many ways you can become a green volunteer:
- Write for our sustainability blog. Contact cristinb [at] stedwards.edu (Cristina Bordin) to learn more.
- Help organize Earth Week. Contact cristinb [at] stedwards.edu (Cristina Bordin) to see how you can get involved.
- Contribute to the Student Garden. Contact Students for Sustainability to learn about working in the garden.
- Help with trail maintenance at Wild Basin Preserve and Creative Research Center.
Students for Sustainability
Students for Sustainability (SFS) is a chartered student organization sponsored by the President’s Office. Our 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 always welcomes new members. Contact the SFS Leadership Board to join:
- President: jwatts2 [at] stedwards.edu (Jes Watts)
- Vice President: ccotteno [at] stedwards.edu (Celine Cottenoir)
- Graphic Designer: cperez10 [at] stedwards.edu (Christopher Perez)
- Coalition for Climate Justice Coordinator: jrippel [at] stedwards.edu (Jack Rippel)
- Social Media Officer: ipachec1 [at] stedwards.edu (Isabel Pacheco)
- Green Ambassador: jriley1 [at] stedwards.edu (Jess Riley)
- Documentarian: acasti14 [at] stedwards.edu (Alex Castillon)
- Event Volunteer Coordinator: orome [at] stedwards.edu (Olivia Rome)
- Garden Coordinator: hgillesp [at] stedwards.edu (Henry Gillespie-Hill)
- Assistant Garden Coordinator: jmarkley [at] stedwards.edu (Luke Markley)
- Civic Engagement Co-Officers: aqualls [at] stedwards.edu (Anna Qualls) and natalie.mulin [at] gmail.com (Nat Mulin)
Tap the Hilltop
Tap the Hilltop is a student-run campaign that aims to transform our university into a bottled water-free campus. The goal is to decrease the sale of bottled water on campus by educating our community on both the environmental and health repercussions of plastic water bottle consumption. Students for Sustainability launched Tap the Hilltop as a part of Food and Water Watch's national campaign. Get involved with the campaign by:
- Signing the Tap the Hilltop pledge to demonstrate your commitment to taking back the tap.
- Liking our Facebook page to stay in the loop on important events such as film screenings, talks and educational activities.
- Acting as a model to your colleagues, classmates and friends by choosing tap over bottled water.
- Helping educate the community on how our habits affect the world around us.
Earth Week is observed every April at St. Edward's. 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 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.
Create your free account with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to receive specialized resources (tools, research findings, case studies), professional development, and a network of peer support for sustainability in higher education. Anyone with an @stedwards.edu email address can register!