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Student-led efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle

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Augsburg students help gather donations for Campus Cupboard during Athletics Day, 2018. (Photo by Courtney Perry)

Campus programs like Campus Cupboard and ShareShop reflect the university’s environmental stewardship and social consciousness.

Campus Cupboard is Augsburg’s food shelf, which provides students and recent alumni with access to free food and other essentials like toilet paper and shampoo. The cupboard is open for in-person shopping in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall, but the staff also make contactless curbside and off-campus deliveries.

Serving students since 2013, Campus Cupboard is an essential part of Campus Kitchen, which manages more than 80 community garden plots and delivers meals—made from dining services’ surplus—to area youth programs, seniors, and community centers. Campus Kitchen also hosts food demos, shares recipes, and distributes excess produce from area farmers. Learn more about the Campus Cupboard and ways to donate to this and other Campus Kitchen initiatives on the Campus Kitchen webpage.

Students created the ShareShop in 2019 to help the Augsburg community save money and reduce consumption of material goods, while providing a space that fosters community and informal learning about sustainable practices. Located in the basement of the Science Building, the shop features free clothes and household goods such as kitchen appliances, furniture, sheet sets, and more. Some items are free while others are available to check out.

Items set out in ShareShop, which are free for all students to keep and borrow. (Photo by Courtney Perry)

The shop, which is open year round, expanded in 2021 to offer a pop-up location in the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work. Partnering with Campus Cupboard, the satellite location offers nonperishable food, school supplies, clothes, and professional attire.

In spring 2022, the shop held the inaugural MoveOut effort in partnership with Residence Life. The partnership made it easy for students moving out of the dorms to donate small appliances, furniture, fans, kitchenware, clothes, and more to the ShareShop rather than tossing unwanted items into dumpsters. Donate items and learn more about ShareShop.

Top image: Augsburg students help sort items donated to ShareShop. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)

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