In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education recognized SLUH as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for its excellence in sustainability. The school's Energy Team, led by social studies teacher Anne Marie Lodholz and retired reservoir engineer John Hohenberger '70, continues to exemplify the school's commitment to caring for our Common Home.
On October 27, Xavier Jallow Turner '22, Ismael Karim '22 and John Zieroff '22 of the Energy Team, accompanied by Lodholz and Hohenberger, attended the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed (AASHE) Conference in Spokane, Wash. to learn about sustainability projects at colleges and universities.
Following are some key takeaways from the students.
“I got the opportunity to meet new people, learn about all aspects of sustainability, present on our Energy Team poster, and have a lot of fun. One of the most important things I learned from the conference is that there is always something more we can do in order to be more sustainable and create a sustainable community. Thanks to the conference I learned that there were basic things I could be doing in order to be more sustainable, such as not using plastic, reusing water bottles and simply turning the lights off once I leave a room.”
- Ismael Karim ‘22
“A few points that I took away include: integrating contemplative practice, social justice and sustainability efforts into one unified model; conclusions on time varies, and is dependent on perspective; and accept what is true, then try to shift that outcome to what you see fits best.”
- Xavier Jallow Turner ‘22
“The first thing that struck me as cool was the number of companies that are starting to sustainably source or just how many of them have sustainability departments or heads. Before going to this conference, I didn’t think about how many companies were actually doing this. This really changed the way I viewed sustainability in economics.”
- John Zieroff ‘22