Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee

Environmental Stewardship at Augsburg is an intentional commitment to responsibly nurture all aspect

Operating as usual


Hey Everyone! Our official Fall hours are here! We are open come by 🤩🍂

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 08/24/2023

Love free stuff? Are you decking out your residence hall or need a fan? Come to the ShareShop!

ShareShop opens for fall semester today from 12-3pm and then again on Tuesday August 29th from 1-3pm. Regular fall hours start the week of the 4th: Mondays 3-5:30pm, Wednesdays 10am-12:30pm and Thursdays 3-5:30pm.

We’re located in Science Hall 8b. You can find free, gently-used furniture, clothes, room decor, kitchen equipment, school supplies, FANS!!, and more. Our Pop-up includes professional attire and is open in the Strommen Center from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Campus Kitchen provides us with some snacks and you can go visit them at the Campus Cupboard (foodshelf) in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall, Room 26.

Come by to browse. Record what you take. Help to divert waste. Live more sustainably. Follow us on Instagram for updates, events, and ways to get involved.

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 08/22/2023

For the past 11 months, Summer served as MN GreenCorps Member at Augsburg University. She connected quickly with students and neighbors whether it was in the garden, supporting ShareShop efforts, or working with them to advance positive systems change. Her flexibility and ability to think critically and holistically will leave a lasting impact on waste diversion, green transportation adoption, and climate data reporting at Augsburg. Thanks Summer for your service and we wish you all the best as your start graduate school this fall!


Amazing to hear .barany presenting her capstone as part of her summer scholars work with Early Leadership Initiative. It was incredible to hear about the impacts made and how Zoe is continuing to champion environmental justice work and positive social change within organizations. Well done! We’re all so proud of you

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 07/31/2023

Today was a great day for gardening ! More produce for .augsburg Cupboard (on campus foodshelf) AND some very special volunteers from supporting graduates in a new way from their regular career-support to harvest the dry beans planted by our class of ‘22 & ‘23 Environmental Stewardship graduates. We love this community and enjoying these summer days together!

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 07/24/2023

Our Environmental stewardship Team is checking out exhibit with .mn There’s still time to check it out and share your story of how water connects us! On through August 12th!

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 07/20/2023

Today our team got to visit in Northfield. Our Environmental Stewardship Team had an incredible day learning about regenerative agriculture, “commoning”, land access, and SOR’s incredible community-led environmental work. We loved tasting herbs from , making perennial flower bouquets and seeing .t.farmsmn calves. Thank you for the tour !

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 06/16/2023

Thanks First-years for coming to SOAR! We’re excited for the change you are and will be making on and off campus! (Ventura Visionaries did have the best sign… 🍎🌳)

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 05/05/2023

Yesterday, past and current Environmental Stewardship team (ESC) members gathered in the Community Garden to celebrate this year's accomplishments, reminisce about fun times we've had together, eat local food, and reflect on what the work and team has meant to each of us. Thank you Alexa, Alyssa, Annabella, Elan, Elijah, Gigi, Grace, Malachi, Mercy, Summer, Wren, Yousra, and Zoe for your leadership, stewardship, and collective action.

In a tradition started this year, graduates from 2022 and 2023 ESC teams planted Arikara Yellows Beans. This planting acts as a symbol of the gifts each of our graduates, Alexa, Alyssa, Elan, Gigi, Grace, Mercy, and Zoe, have given to the work of advancing environmental sustainability at Augsburg and in our neighborhood. Read more on the Sabo Blog


On Tuesday April 25th from 4-9pm in the Community Garden, we are back again this year to gather around a bonfire to find unity in community. We bring our bodies, minds, and spirits together in poetry to listen to Mother Earth and to honor our home. Our hearts are on fire for justice that is rooted in healing our planet. The collective struggle for liberation depends on how we treat one another and our environment. Join us in celebrating the close of Earth Month with a bonfire to honor our commitment to ecological stewardship.

Location: Augsburg Community Garden

Contact: Maya Merritt, Environmental Action Committee Officer ([email protected])


THIS Friday is Bike, Walk, Roll to Augsburg Day. Celebrate Earth Month with us by taking an active, green mode of transportation to campus. DM us a picture of your commute to be shared on our social media for the chance to win a gift card to a local business. There are two other exciting active transportation events on Friday 4/21. Join Campus Ministry in Hoversten Chapel from 10:40-11 am for an Interfaith Blessing of the Bikes. Join CASUS and EAC in Murphy Square from 3:30-5:30 pm for a Bike Maintenance and Upcycle Workshop with a bike maintenance expert from Freewheel.


Congratulations Zoe!! Our own Environmental Stewardship Coordinator and sustainability champion! Thank you for all of your hard work. We are all excited for your next endeavor!

Help us congratulate Zoe Barany ’23 on being named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to the Czech Republic! The environmental studies major has been a Sabo Scholar, served as Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, and won numerous leadership awards. Congrats, Zoe!


Join in exploring ways to address climate anxiety through connective practices. Gather together with other members of the Augsburg community to explore place-based practices for reconnecting with ourselves, each other, and the rest of the natural world. We will start with a brief introduction and then tour the Augsburg Urban Arboretum together, stopping along the way to experiment with practices for remembering and restoring connections to the larger communities of which we are a part, as well as with our own sense of grounding and vitality. A locally-sourced bag lunch from will be provided. Event limited to 15 participants. Register here:



On Saturday April 15th from 10am-1pm, welcome in the spring by taking action to clean up trash and recycling on campus and in the surrounding community! We will be splitting off into teams from campus for the clean-up and then celebrating the action with lunch in Murphy Square. Join a student organization or athletic team, or create your own team of friends to compete for gift cards to local businesses!

Meet in the Urness & Mortensen Lobby with


Art of Resistance / Arte de la Resistencia

Arte + Activismo = Artivismo

Join us during Earth Month for an open mic evening to share the art of resistance: poetry, music, visual arts, and manifestos that explore the topic of social and environmental justice. Readings can be in English and/or Spanish. All are welcome!

We frame resistance as cultural expressions that unite us in our opposition to oppression and that create paths to freedom and promote justice for all. Spanish and Cross-Cultural Studies faculty would be happy to help you choose a reading in Spanish or English to share, or you can choose to write your own. Artwork can include posters, photos, or paintings. Music can be of your own composition or created by others.

Choose something that inspires you and that you want to share with others!

Thursday. April 13th
Hagfors 150
6:00-8:00 p.m.


Come while you can! We will reopen in the summer with limited hours! 😎


We’re going to be having extended hours for move out this week! ✨


We’re hiring! Augsburg undergraduate students, join the Environmental Stewardship Team!

Do you care about the environment? Do you want to be part of a dynamic, diverse team making positive change for people and planet? Then work on the Environmental Stewardship Team! We are hiring a few undergraduate student workers to join our team this summer with the potential for employment to continue into the schoolyear. Students can expect to work 8-15 hours per week on projects connected to the community garden, ShareShop, and beyond. Please review the job description before applying. Candidates must be work study eligible (email [email protected] with questions about your financial aid package)

Apply Here:

Job Description:

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 03/31/2023

Check out our Sustainability Officer’s entry into ‘ Edible Book Festival!

“Swiss Changes Everything Bagel”
Inspiration: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

With bagel


What are the politics of nature? Who owns it, where is it, and what role does it play in our lives? Does it need to be tamed? Are we ourselves natural? Erin Sharkey and Michael Kleber-Diggs will discuss, A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars, a collection of personal and lyric essays in conversation with archival objects of Black history and memory. The collection explores stories spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles, traveling from roots to space--finding rich Blackness everywhere. Together we will consider the significance of nature in our lives and on the role of nature in the lives of Black folks.

Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in Lot D. Books can be purchased in person at the event and online. Photos from Augsburg’s Pan-Afrikan Archive will be on display.

When: Monday April 3rd 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Hagfors Center, Room 150 & Zoom

See link in bio for more info & Zoom registration.


Today Augsburg University students from the Environmental Living Learning Community and Environmental Stewardship team were hosted by the UMN Office of Sustainability for a tour of their West Bank solar arrays. Thanks for the hospitality! 🤝☀️💡🌍

A beautiful day for our neighbors ’s tour of our on-campus solar! Thanks for coming! ☀️🕶⚡️💡🤝


The Environmental Stewardship Team and Officer on our way to drop BikeShare bikes off at Freewheel! These will be available soon at the Lindell Library for students, staff, and faculty to checkout for free!


Environmental Stewardship is conducting Augsburg’s Annual Transportation Survey for all students, staff, and faculty. Tell us about your commuting practices and experiences with Augsburg’s transportation benefits! We will use your input from this survey for climate data reporting and to inform transportation policy and programming. Our goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase support for commuters, especially Auggies interested in increasing the amount of trips they take via environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

Scan the QR code or go to This survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Your participation in this survey enters you into a drawing for a $50 gift card to a local business! 4 winners will be chosen.

The deadline to submit this survey is February 27th.

Questions? Email: [email protected]


Last night, Governor Tim Walz signed the 100% Clean Energy by 2040 bill into law. It requires Minnesota utilities to provide 100% carbon-free electricity to customers by 2040 taking great steps to combat climate change and expand clean energy jobs in the state. This is an exciting moment for Minnesota in furthering its climate action goals and has incredible potential to expedite Augsburg’s climate mitigation efforts.

Check out the Commentary piece on the legislation in the Minnesota Reformer: Augsburg senior and Environmental Studies major, Zoe Barany, was its co-author along with peers from universities across the state. They advocated for the very 100% Clean Energy legislation that Governor Walz signed into law. To read the commentary and more about this law's impacts on Augsburg University climate goals, check out the latest blog post:

100 Percent Campaign


Hey Everyone! ShareShop is officially opening this week 🥳 Here are our Spring hours! Come visit!

Campus spotlight: Sowing seeds for tomorrow 12/20/2022

Thanks Minnesota Private Colleges for the spotlight on our work!

Campus spotlight: Sowing seeds for tomorrow Each campus has its own personality, and students come from all types of backgrounds. There's a college that's right for you.


Hey y’all, if you have extra jackets, blankets, scarves, hats or gloves or any winter gear that you No longer want or need, this will be the best time to donate it to the Shareshop to show support and help people who are going for rally.

If you have any questions about the location or anything, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you in advance!


Former Environmental Stewardship Coordinator sharing their wisdom and hearing class project updates from Environmental Stewardship Living Learning Community students. It was a rich conversation!

Thank you alexa_carreraa & .gg Y’all are doing important work in the world and am happy to say your efforts are being stewarded on with this new class!


Swap Event is basically where you can bring some stuff and swap with any items you want. You’re more than welcome to bring/drop off if you have any donations.
Please come by, see you on November 14!!!🤩🤩🤩

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 11/02/2022

Wellness Wednesday October, pot painting and planting plants at CWC
Thank you everyone who came to our event. Hope y’all have fun painting 🪴

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 10/26/2022

Today Environmental Stewardship team members Monica, Zoe, and Alyssa presented at AASHE’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education about our organizing work for advancing locally-sourced foods, sustainability initiatives, and student voice in Augsburg University’s Dining Services and on-campus food initiatives. It was a robust discussion!

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 10/07/2022

At our final Garden Event today. We prepped beds for the winter, drank tea, and harvested the last of our produce before the expected frost. Thanks .augsburg & for the support!

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 09/29/2022

Thank you for coming on our Wellness Wednesday at the garden
- Drying some herbs (basil, mint, raspberry leaves, and etc.) in a paper bag


‘s inaugural Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community helping out today Multicultural Dinner.

Come enjoy some great food, music, and performances! 4-6pm at the Brian Coyle Neighborhood Center (420 S 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454).

Photos from Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee's post 09/22/2022

Environmental stewardship is an important part of Augsburg’s mission. Many students, staff, faculty, neighbors, and alumni engage in this work and see it as part of their vocation. No matter the major or department, everyone has a part to play in mitigating climate change and advancing intersectional environmentalism. 🌍

Thank you and for featuring stories about all the great environmental sustainability and justice work happening on campus and by alumni. 📰

If you haven’t had a chance yet, we encourage you to check out these articles.

“Be the change”, Augsburg Now featured story:

“Sowing seeds for tomorrow”, Augsburg Now featured story:

“Student-led efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle”, Augsburg Now- around the quad:

“Campus community garden unites culture”, The Echo:


Come to this Wednesday’s Earth Month Closing Ceremony 🪵🔥🎶


Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) is a Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of many books. His equity, education, and cultural work has put him on a path of service around the region, the nation, and the world. In this presentation, Dr. Treuer will discuss the inextricable links between environmental and racial healing.

“Indians. We are so often imagined and so infrequently well understood.” —Anton Treuer

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