Sustainability Committee

The mission of the SOLES Sustainability Committee is to (a) develop practices and policies to reduce the carbon imprint of SOLES students, faculty, staff and facilities and (b) support curriculum and pedagogy on the topic of sustainability.

The SOLES Sustainability Committee is made up of SOLES faculty, administrators, staff and students committed to promoting USD-wide sustainability efforts.  Membership is open to all on a continuous basis. Please contact the committee at any time via


SOLES Strategic Plan

We are committed to supporting SOLES' strategic initiative to promote sustainability. Our goals arare to increase awareness, educate on best practices, and advance sustainable behaviors in the SOLES' community and operations.  


Zero Waste Initiative

In collaboration with the USD Office of Sustainability, SOLES is leading the way in becoming USD's first Zero Waste facility. Read more about Zero Waste, what you can do to help achieve this goal, and how to become a Zero Waste Guru.


Meeting Schedule & Events

Committee membership is open to all SOLES faculty, administrators, staff and students (on a continuous basis) who are committed to promoting USD-wide sustainability efforts. Drop in on one of our meetings, check out our upcoming events, and feel free to contact the committee at any time via



Two tumbling compost bins, located behind Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, are maintained by the SOLES Sustainability Committee. More information on our composting efforts coming soon! The university also promotes composting with the communal compost bin located by the university garden near one of the main student housing areas. Students and employees are able to empty their compost materials in the bin. 



USD offers a variety of resources to promote and advance sustainable practices including the E-Waste Collection Center, Recylcing-Landfill-Composting signs, and Green Event Planning Tips. Explore an ever-growing list of sustainability focused resources here.