Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.46
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date May 9, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

College of Saint Benedict
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Amanda Bednar
Sustainability Intern
Office of Sustainability
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The College of St. Benedict, along with St John’s University, utilize the natural landscape of central Minnesota through the protection of 2740 acres of prairie, oak savanna, woodlands and seven lakes. This land is used to foster the Benedictine tradition of land stewardship, education and environmental respect. This land surrounds St. John’s University, allowing students to utilize the land in many ways.

The Arboretum provides a variety of uses for student, staff and the public. The main goal is to preserve the native plant and wildlife communities, model practices of sustainable land use and make the natural environment accessible to everyone within this community. Various events are held in the Arboretum throughout the year including maple syrup festivals, educational opportunities, triathlons, biking, snow-shoeing and other outdoor activities.

The Arboretum provides a unique opportunity for land stewardship and education for the local community and students on both campuses. The importance of sustainability is very important for this land and the community that surrounds it. Although the Arboretum in located on St. John’s campus, it is still considered shared land between the two campuses, as are most things. St. Ben’s students work in the Arboretum as Student Naturalists, volunteers and enjoy the benefits of this unique area. This is also a great opportunity to share sustainability with the community, alumni as well as students and staff.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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