The Cost of Convenience

Mount Mercy's commitment to sustainability finds much of its inspiration in a critical concern of the Sisters of Mercy -- the earth. The Sisters "...believe in the need for sustainability of life, supporting both a lifestyle and legislation that acknowledge everyone's right to water and the need to address climate change."

Mini-Grant Program Celebrates Launch of its Third Year

"Ideas into Action," Mount Mercy's sustainability, mini-grant program celebrates the launch of its third year in October. Funded by a generous grant from the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community, the program supports projects that promote sustainability within the campus community. All projects should have an educational component; grant applications are accepted from individuals, groups, classes, offices, and clubs affiliated with Mount Mercy University.

Mini-Grant Program Supports Mustang Rides

"Ideas into Action," Mount Mercy's sustainability, mini-grant program is proud to announce a grant award to support Mustang Rides, an alternative to car transportation. The shuttle service offers Mount Mercy students opportunities for shopping, errands, and entertainment in the Cedar Rapids area. In conjunction with Coe College and the Neighborhood Transportation Service (NTS), the program picks up students on Thursday evenings for shopping needs. Weekend shuttle service offers access to movies, shopping, and the New Bo market district.

Mini-Grant Award Celebrates Appearance of Artist Dana Frtiz

"Ideas into Action," Mount Mercy's sustainability, mini-grant program, was proud to provide funds towards the on-campus appearance of artist and photographer, Dana Fritz. "Terraria Gigantica: The World Under Glass," Fritz's examination of the world's largest enclosed landscapes, was recently featured at the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery. Explorations of sustainability and environmental issues, through the humanities, is a vital way of conveying the immediacy of our world's challenges.

The Benefits of Biking

Autumn is a wonderful time to enjoy fall colors while bicycling. The University Center's Information Desk offers three bicycles and helmets for check out; a Mount Mercy University ID card is needed for this process. Tire pumps are also available to all riders.

Affordable and Sustainable Summer Break

Affordable and sustainable summer break

By Shannon Brown (Intern, Mount Mercy Sustainability Committee)

Where Does All That Rainwater Go?

After nearly five full days of rain and thunderstorms that have kept us cold and damp, we can’t help but ask, “Where is all that water going?” But, without knowing the inner-workings of a city's storm water system, that question becomes a little difficult to answer. Instead, what we should ask is, “Where could all that water go?” Now that’s a much easier question to answer, “We can catch it!”

How Will You Celebrate Earth Day 2014?

We've emerged from a difficult winter, memorable for its bitter cold and innumerable challenges. The first signs of spring are here, miraculous and fragile, bringing joy and renewal. In the midst of this celebration and annual rite, we also know that the earth is at risk, and it is time for each of us to find ways to live sustainably, to protect our natural world, and to share these commitments with others.

MMU GreenWeek is Here!

The 50 Shades of Green Living Learning Community (LCC) and department of Residence Life celebrate MMU GreenWeek from April 14-18.   The week's events include: (Monday) Wear green and show your support of sustainability on campus; (Tuesday) Learn about water conservation and use refillable bottles; (Wednesday) Sustainable eating -- eat local and know your food sources; (Thursday) Test your knowledge about sustainability and your own lifestyle; and (Friday) Reuse and share through a residence life clothing swap.

ReUSE a Shoe Campaign Celebrates Spring Launch at Mount Mercy

Do you have any worn-out athletic shoes that could be donated for a sustainable effort? Mount Mercy recently offered drop-off points for used shoes as part of the ReUSE a Shoe campaign, an effort associated with the Nike corporation. Mount Mercy student McKenna Sexton submitted the idea as a fall 2012 mini-grant project. With the assistance of Amanda Mayotte, student intern for the Communications and Marketing team, the campaign is now underway. Donations are now being accepted at the CRST Graduate Center, the Rec Center at Rockwell Collins, and the northeast location of Stuff Etc.