‘JCEI Sidebar’ Category

Time to step up to the plate, Gusties

Some days, the connections between our environmental vocation at Gustavus and wider global issues just jump up and slap you in the face. I got up early this morning to welcome our new composting vessel to campus. Two years ago, the Student Senate passed a resolution asking for our food waste to be composted, and […]

Gustavus Environmental Studies Transitions

The Gustavus Environmental Studies (ES) program celebrated its annual spring picnic on Tuesday, May 14. Thanks to an unseasonably warm May day (temps at 97 to 100 F), the picnic goers gravitated to the inside. Besides another great round of ES trivia (thanks Joel Carlin and Laura Triplett) and recognizing a great bunch of the […]

Bike Repair Stand!

Check out the new bike repair stand by Lund. Just in time for the April 25 Wellness Fair and more importantly, for a long overdue spring, we have a new self-service bike repair station at Lund. And if you see Katie Barta and Sam Good, tell them thanks for applying for the Coke Educational Partnership […]

Gustavus community speaks out on climate change

One of the things that keeps me moving forward in my work with Johnson Center is the way good environmental initiatives can “bubble up” from this community. Since Thanksgiving, Gustavus students Rebecca Hare, Jennifer Steffen, Jessica Burggraff, as well as some other hard working students, have stepped up to engage the Administration and the college’s […]

Renewable energy installations on the Gustavus campus

Over the past year, several renewable energy installations have come online on campus. As they have become operational, I have been working with the installers, Gustavus Physical Plant staff, and the Physics department to make these installations live up to their potential as teaching tools as well as energy generators. Here is an update about […]

Now you see it, now you don’t

The first sustainability actor I want to highlight has, unfortunately for Gustavus, already left us. Jason Stratman left Gustavus just a few weeks ago. Jason was our Manager of Environmental Health and Safety. In that position, he was in charge of range of “must do” tasks ranging from disposing of laboratory wastes safely to making […]

Highlighting sustainable action at Gustavus

We tend to think about sustainability in terms of the hardware we install, like these solar thermal panels on the Melva Lind Interpetive Center but the reality is that the software, particularly that installed between our ears, is usually the most important. Making the analogy explicit, the people of Gustavus, and their collective choices, that […]