Sustainability Initiative at Aquinas College

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Energy Dashboard
How much electricity does your building use? You can look up many campus buildings in our new energy dashboard, such as the Academic Building, St. Joe, and Regina. Find out how you compare to others and see how your energy use trends from hour to hour or week to week. Remember, this information is specific to electricity use, so lighting, microwaves, televisions, fans, and other small appliances contribute to your total electric consumption.

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Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our most recent events, achievements or sustainable finds! 

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The Center for Sustainability is on Instagram! Along with Facebook, the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College now has an Instagram account! Follow us @AQ_Sustainability #aqsustains

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Zero Waste Guide for Commuters (pdf)
If you live off-campus and want to learn how to implement Zero Waste in your home or apartment without sacrificing your budget, this document is your go-to beginner's guide for the Zero Waste lifestyle. 

Sustainability "Did You Know" Fact Sheet (pdf)
Want to know more about our sustainability programs and how to sort waste properly on campus? Check out our "Sustainability Did You Know" fact sheet. From zero waste and recycling to transportation and food, the document is full of interesting information about sustainability. 

Re-Thinking the Way We Print (pdf)*
Paper use is a common recurring issue in the sustainability discussion. Aquinas College uses over two tons, over 34 trees worth, of paper annually. Find out what you can do to reduce paper usage at AQ.
 
Sustainability Guide 2016-17: Sustainable Saints
Download the 2016/17 edition of the Sustainability Guide! This guide offers tips for reducing waste, rethinking transportation, supporting local businesses, and taking action with policies and clubs in the campus community.
 
REDUCE before you RECYCLE your junk mail (pdf)*
Every year, Americans receive close to 4 million tons of junk mail. Some people have taken steps toward sustainability by recycling this junk mail instead of tossing it in the trash. While recycling is an appealing method, there is a more constructive action we can take: REDUCE.

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Zero Waste Initiative
Make it a priority to choose Zero Waste every time you are at the crossroads (compost or recycling?!). Get informed and then jump to action!
 
Re-Think Transportation
Learn how to use the Grand Rapids bus system, view routes from AQ to popular destinations in the city, learn about bike rental programs and much more.students volunteering
 
Volunteer in the AQ Community Garden!
Volunteer in the summer for our AQ community garden! Come on out to the garden located east of the AMC to help with planting day, harvesting day, or become a regular volunteer! The garden is four raised beds tended square foot gardening style, which reduces the need for fertilizers and weed pulling! To be considered a "serious" volunteer the summer, all you have to do is commit to tending the garden one day per week for at least 30 minutes. If interested, please contact Jessica Eimer Bowen.
 
Green Revolving Fund
Learn about or submit a proposal to our Green Revolving Fund, a sustainable investment mechanism that helps us complete energy-reducing projects on-campus.

Got Art? (Requires ELM Log In)
Be part of the community and share art! A web section on Moose where members of the Aquinas Community can post or request art pieces to be displayed on campus. On the Moose, select "Sustainability Initiative" In the right hand navigation section to access "GotArt?"
 
One Saint's Junk is Another Saint's Treasure (Requires ELM Log In)
Check out this online forum where members of the Aquinas Community can connect with others on campus to find items for donation and advertise unwanted goods. On the Moose, select "Sustainability Initiative" In the right hand navigation section to access "One Saint's Junk."
 
AQ Nature
Our campus tree guide is available online! Visit this website for a full list of tree species on campus. Each tree has a description and is part of an interactive map that makes it easy to find whatever species you're looking for.