Environmental Stewardship at Augsburg

“The Augsburg College community is deeply committed to what it means to build a sustainable urban environment. We are uniquely situated in a city neighborhood and are privileged to have a variety of opportunities to explore the interconnectedness of urban life with both human and natural forces. Our relationships with our diverse neighbors, with the Mississippi River, and with other neighborhoods in our vibrant city are opportunities for learning, for civic engagement, and for faithful service. We are proud of what we do to honor sustainability, but also deeply aware of the need for ongoing vigilance and wise stewardship of the gifts of our environment.”

–President Paul C. Pribbenow

 What is Environmental Stewardship?

Environmental stewardship is the caring for natural environments and the people who live, work, and learn there.

Student digging in community garden
Augsburg’s Community Garden

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Started in 1999, the Committee has dedicated itself to stewarding the environment at Augsburg College. In 2016, the Environmental Stewardship Committee was established as a official sub-committee of the University Council. This change in structure has brought about new roles and responsibilities for the committee.

Read about our governing charges in our Mission Statement.

 Augsburg’s Role

As a Lutheran college situated in the city, Augsburg imagines environmental stewardship as central to its mission. A longstanding commitment to service means we pay close attention to our surroundings locally and globally. Featured in our curriculum and grounded in our daily practices, attention to ecological concerns shapes much of our work both on and off campus.

Augsburg has an extensive environmental history beginning much earlier than 2009, when the college joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  Augsburg continues to work towards improving the environmental impact of the college and is dedicated to meeting the goals laid out in the Climate Action Plan.

For information on committee activities or agendas, please contact the ESC Fellow at  environmentalstewardship@augsburg.edu


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