It goes beyond recycling and energy conservation to ensure that every resource is carefully managed and developed across campus.
Our food service provider, Bon Appétit, practices social responsibility. Learn about Bon Appétit's commitment to the environment and community. Among many dining initiatives, "Why Buy Local" underpins the Eat Local Challenge, which is held every year on campus.
Single-stream recycling bins are located throughout campus, and are designated as blue or green or have an identifying sticker. Blue and green bins are for paper, glass, cans, plastic, and flattened cardboard. Recyclable paper items include binders, legal pads, folders, newspapers, posters, fliers and receipts (which can include staples, binders or spiral ring binders). Neither plastic bags or pizza boxes can be recycled. DO NOT put trash in the blue and green bins. Once the recycling bin contains any mixed trash, it can no longer be recycled.
Batteries and Ink/Toner Cartridges
Ink/toner cartridges and batteries can be sent to a recycling facility for free. Take your empty cartridge or dead battery to the Copy Center. Follow these guidelines when recycling batteries.
The School of Natural Sciences and the Office of Sustainability launched a Styrofoam recycling program in Summer 2014 to decrease the amount of landfill waste. All university departments are encouraged to participate in this free program. Bring styrofoam to:
Emily Hooser Hartman's office
John Brooks Williams Sciences Center–North, Room 224
Every Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Everything collected will be taken to a local facility for proper recycling. Remove all tape and labels as they damage the styrofoam shredding machine. No food cartons or packing peanuts. The university Post Office might take packing peanuts if they are in need. Clear plastic bags are preferred.
Gray bins are for trash (including anything with food products). Any corn-based or bio plastics go in the gray bins. Watch this video to learn more about what and where you can recycle on campus.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) ensures sustainability plays a role in every aspect of campus technology. Power management, hardware rotation, computer imaging and technology recycling are the primary ways OIT accomplishes this goal.
OIT explores many power management solutions to increase on-campus energy conservation while maintaining expected, reliable service. OIT also maintains a regular computer replacement cycle to benefit from industry advances in power efficiency. For more information, read this article featuring St. Edward’s by University Business Magazine.
OIT continually evaluates existing technology to determine its useful life. Each year, OIT provides departments with an analysis of their current tech inventory and recommended replacement cycles. OIT maintains and updates equipment until the end of its useful life.
An estimated 20% of campus technology is retired each year. Still-functioning computers too old to be useful on campus are donated to local school districts and/or nonprofit organizations. OIT partners with local recyclers, and these partners dispose of old technology and the associated hazardous chemicals in an environmentally-responsible manner. These partners are also accredited with industry certifications for the pickup and distribution of e-waste. They deliver IT Asset Disposition, Electronics Recycling, CRT Recycling and Certified Data Destruction for the university while following environmental practices and standards.
Facilities works to reduce the university's energy consumption. Facilities purchases electricity from clean, renewable energy sources from Austin Energy and continually invests to maximize use of existing physical plant and building mechanical systems rather than using unnecessary resources to build new ones.
Most campus buildings are cooled using chilled water that is pumped throughout the campus to reduce pumping costs. A majority of academic buildings and residence halls have web-based heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control systems that allow monitoring and adjustment from Facilities.
See how 10 St. Edward's University buildings reduced their energy consumption during the university’s participation in Campus Conservation Nationals, the largest electricity reduction competition for colleges and universities around the world.
Water is one of our most precious resources, especially in drought-prone Texas. St. Edward's devotes a significant portion of its resource conservation efforts to water. Existing buildings have been retrofitted with low flow water fixtures, and new buildings must comply with current water efficient plumbing requirements. Xeriscaping or planting predominantly native vegetation with low water requirements is another means to increase water conservation on campus. Visit our blog for news on specific water conservation updates.