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.
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Here are highlights we’re particularly proud of:
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.
Passive shading techniques were designed into the new building's architecture. The west facade incorporates a deep porch that incorporates aluminum louvers specifically designed to permit views while screening all direct solar gain.
Highly reflective roofing was used on the addition to provide for lower solar absorption
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.
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.