Committed to Sustainability

St. Catherine University is committed to the ongoing conservation of our environment and capital resources. As a community, we have achieved a number of our sustainability objectives and will continue our work together toward an environmentally responsible campus.

  • It pays to go green.

    Not only do eco-friendly efforts help the environment, they often help the University’s bottom line, too. Here are a few examples of recent changes on campus

    • Building automation controls have been updated. With occupancy sensors and other technology, St. Kate’s has found savings equal to 540,619 kWh, which will equate to a cost savings of nearly $58,000 yearly.
    • All outdoor lights on campus have been converted to LED. New bulbs consume 75% less energy and save $16,000 per year in electrical usage.
    • St. Kate’s is using new paper towel products that meet Green Seal™ standards, meaning they aren’t processed with chlorine, they’re made using energy and water-efficient processes, and they’re made from 100% recovered material. New paper towel dispensers were installed at no cost to the University, and have much longer battery life. Cost savings: nearly $12,500 yearly.
    • Facilities staff are using new cleaning supplies, reducing the inventory of products from 36 to 13. The new products are less expensive and have lower pH levels, which means they’re safer for custodial employees and the environment. Cost savings: over $5,000 yearly.
    • Utility carts moved from gas-powered to electric-powered. This will reduce our greenhouse gasses by 32,142 pounds and save about $4,500 yearly.

    It takes a village.

    Achieving a sustainable campus takes effort from the whole community. Faculty, staff and students across campus are currently engaged in sustainability efforts. Share how you’re making a difference by emailing news@stkate.edu. Here are just a few examples.

    • The Student Senate has an environmental committee. Each semester, they sponsor a Katies Go Green Challenge.
    • Biology students, along with The Beez Kneez, maintain a bee colony on the roof of Fontbonne.
    • Apparel design students learn to make clothing from recycled materials, and create upcycled clothing from non-recyclable materials like tenting and packaging materials.
    • The BioClub and Food Justice Coalition cultivates a community garden on campus, which provides food for the St. Kate’s Food Shelf.

    How You Can Help

    There are many easy ways to make a difference. Consider these options to help make our campus more sustainable.

    • Recycle. Recycling bins are located throughout campus. If you purchase products for use on campus, don’t forget to buy products made from recycled materials to close the loop.
    • Compost. Composting stations are located in the dining hall in Coeur de Catherine.
    • Minimize waste. Do you really need to buy it? Can it be reused?
    • Flip the switch. Turn off lights when natural light is available.
    • Go to sleep. Enable sleep settings on monitors and computers, and turn off copiers and printers when not in use.
    • Drive less. Consider carpooling, public transportation, walking or biking to campus to reduce carbon emissions.

    Did you know?

    St. Kate’s has a sustainability coordinator. It’s a new position in 2019, and is currently held by Autumn Reynolds-Lillibridge ’19. Autumn is majoring in environmental studies with a double minor in promotional communications and philosophy.


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