Sustainability Blog

Compost Makes College History!

Written by Kendra Held. Photo taken by Sydney Stumme-Berg Gusties returning to campus this February were met with bright yellow compost kirbies at their residential halls and dozens of green compost bins in academic buildings, ready for use! Sustained activism, relationship building, and collective problem solving across departments made this exciting development possible. Never before […]

Continuation of Compost Updates & Fall Recap

Wanting to gauge students’ accuracy in sorting their waste, compost, and recycling, Intern Held organized a “sorting party” to gather information through a hands-on experience. For a two-week period in November, Interns bundled up in PPE to sort through the recently placed yellow compost kirbies outside residents’ halls to identify if students were composting and […]

Compost Recap of Fall, Updates for Spring

Interns have been working with Building Services, Physical Plant, and Directors of the Johnson Center to work on incorporating more composting on campus, including Res Halls, and Academic Buildings. Look for the recently placed yellow compost kirbies outside of Residential Halls, and new green bins inside Academic Buildings come Spring Semester, starting February 1! Throughout […]

Reflections of Fall 2020 Semester

Reflecting on Fall 2020, Interns were grateful for the opportunity to continue working with students, staff, faculty, and administration amidst a turbulent semester. They continued numerous initiatives carried over from last Spring such as compost expansion, AASHE stars report work, communications, Big Hill Farm partnership, and Strategic Act 3.7. They also worked with the Environmental […]

We have a new member of our team, Kari Wallin!

Gustavus Sustainability Interns are excited to have a new team member: Kari Wallin, who joined the Gustavus community at the end of November. Kari was recently hired as the new Compost, Waste, and Environmental Sustainability Manager. She graduated from Bethel College in 2017 with an Environmental Science degree and was recently employed by the Minnesota […]

Students Concerned About Line 3 Consequences for Minnesota

In the face of the climate crisis, students in Minnesota have become increasingly concerned with the development of Enbridge’s proposed expansion of the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline. Here on the Hill, the Environmental Action Coalition (EAC) has been working to educate members and the campus community about what the construction of Line 3 […]

Sustainability Interns back at work!

Written by Kendra Held, photos taken by Audrey Ochtrup-DeKeyrel and Lily Engebretson The beginning of this semester has been a great opportunity for growth as we assess how we can continue to advocate for sustainability on campus with our new, socially distant reality. There is no shortage of projects this year and the sustainability interns […]

Sustainability Interns Wrapping Up the Academic Year

  As we enter the beginning of June, we sustainability interns are left reflecting on the completion of the academic year. During this year we have seen so many wonderful things happen and many things that excite us for the future. During this year we saw our first organized Eco Fair that celebrated successful sustainability […]

Sustainability Interns Moving Forward

Campus initiatives and organizing at all levels look very different with the onset of COVID-19. Although we interns have found ourselves distanced by physical space, our commitment to Gustavus sustainability efforts has proven to be a uniting force during these new, strange times. We have continued our weekly meetings, and although our projects and actions […]

Sustainability Efforts Amidst Change

March has been a busy as well as a trying month for the Sustainability Interns. Interns have been hard at work at the beginning of the month, dialed into their projects they started in February, ready to continue collaborating across campus, finalize projects, and start new projects for the end of the school year. Senior […]