Sustainability at Saint John’s

Orion Community Solar Garden established 2017 at Saint John's

Mission Statement

As a Benedictine institution, we take seriously our commitment to stewardship and to incorporating the goals of sustainability into every facet of life. As a university, we have the duty to prepare students to be responsible citizens, prepared to meet the social, ethical, local and global challenges of today.  To these ends, the Office of Sustainability was created to help connect the Saint John’s community with the information and tools necessary to make our institution sustainable for generations to come.

The Office of Sustainability at SJU is committed to the effort of creating a sustainable campus by focusing on the triple bottom line: equity, economy and the environment. The direction and knowledge for this effort comes from the Saint John’s Sustainable Campus Committee and our sustainability staff.

Sustainability News

  • As of 2017, Saint John's has three different solar arrays on campus. In total they provide 18.75% of our annual energy needs.
  • In October 2013 the Powerhouse on campus, used to heat, cool, and produce a portion of energy for campus buildings, switched from burning coal to natural gas. This change reduced Powerhouse emissions by 58%.
  • The Sustainable Revolving Loan fund at SJU has saved over 121,800 kWh, 81 tons carbon dioxide, and thousands of dollars since its creation in 2010.
  • The SJU Office of Sustainability hired Pearce Jensen for the sustainability fellow position during the 2017-18 academic year.
  • The Office of Sustainability implemented the Energy Corps surge protector project during spring 2014 in an effort to reduce phantom energy.
  • The SJU Eco-Houses are now managing the Winter Greenhouse, an effort to provide local produce to SJU Dining Services.

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