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 demonstrating responsibility for one’s own contribution to the quality of the environment.

 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.

In fact, the motto of Augsburg College – “education for service” – depends on careful environmental stewardship and thoughtful ecological engagement.

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.

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Since 1999, the Committee has dedicated itself to greening Augsburg College. Since its inception, the Committee has been vested with the important task of helping the college to think in ecological terms by serving as a:


  • Change Agent
  • Strategic Planner
  • Consultant
  • Catalyst
  • Collaborator

Read about each role in more detail in our Mission Statement.

Next Meeting for the Environmental Stewardship Committee(ESC) is Wednesday, February 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Cedar Room in the Christensen Center.

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


The Committee in Action

The Environmental Stewardship Committee supports and sponsors environmentally oriented curricula, transit fairs, fair-trade campaigns, Earth Day celebrations, campus wide energy and waste audits, workshops (for faculty, students, and staff), speakers on environmental issues, green purchasing, inter-campus sustainability initiatives and other steward activities on campus.

Check out our blog for the latest environmental news and events on and around campus.