STL Higher Education Sustainability Consortium

The mission of the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium  is “to connect the strengths, resources, and knowledge of the St. Louis area universities & colleges, to advance collective sustainability initiatives that cultivate innovation, eliminate non-productive competition, and create a network which is more than the sum of its parts.” 

This is an organization run by campus sustainability champions at higher ed institutions with support from a second tier of agencies, businesses, & nonprofits when necessary & called upon. Big plans these days for STL-HESC include forging stronger connections with “Tier II” agencies & businesses and partnering more closely with the St Louis RCGA, as well as continuing initiatives with the online course directories, green living guide, and other competitions. 

Quarterly meetings have been decided upon for this school year based on current projects and initiatives with the intent of staying relevant and supporting the work already being done on our local campuses, so come join us at one – chances are, you’ll find we’ve been talking about & tackling some of the same sustainability issues you’re working on at your school!  

Campus Sustainability Newsletter

Stay connected with the Consortium with the Campus Sustainability Newsletter. Published quarterly, this newsletter updates campuses on higher education sustainability topics around the region. The newsletter updates campuses on options to improve campus recycling programs, composting in dining services, green purchasing policies and more! 

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General Assembly Meetings

The Consortium hosts quarterly meetings which serve as an opportunity to gather with fellow sustainability champions on campuses across the region.  Past topics of discussion have included Consortium engagement with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, networking with the Illinois Green Economy Network,  green building and purchasing, and regional participation in Recyclemania

Participating representatives are highly advised to consider inviting other colleagues to carpool and tag along to these meetings; the specific topics are chosen with the intent of encouraging participation from across the various disciplines and sectors of school structures. 


The 2014 Spring General Assembly Meeting of the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium will be on May 8th, 2014 at Maryville University from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The focus for this meeting will be sustainability in food service operations. 

RSVP, or to find out more information, contact Katherine Golden at