Campus Stewardship Council

Physics students work with Dr. Nelson Kilmer on a solar energy project.
Physics students work with Dr. Nelson Kilmer on a solar energy project.

Mission Statement: Serve as stewards of the environment and work to develop sustainable facilities and practices.


  • Initiate, prioritize, develop and sustain stewardship activities, both curricular and co-curricular
  • Provide educational forums through which we can challenge and learn from each other
  • Serve as a sounding board and a clearinghouse for ideas
  • Partner with other institutions, organizations and individuals
  • Recognize individuals and campus-wide efforts and publicize areas of accomplishments

The CSC meets every other week for an hour over lunch. These meetings are open to any students, faculty, staff or administrators who are interested. Contact Gary Oyer or Russ Gaeddert for more information.

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  • Education: Promotes the infusion of sustainability principles into the formal curriculum and into Student Life programming.
  • Facilities: Analyzes consumption of water, energy and materials on campus and seeks to implement decisions that lead to more sustainable facilities and practices.
  • Action initiatives: Organizes special events on campus that draw attention to sustainability issues.
  • Communication: Communicates the activities of the Campus Stewardship Council and its sub-committees to the Hesston College community and to the public.


Sustainability News

Hesston College reflects on year during Kansas Private College Week

Hesston College will recognize April 16 to 22 as Kansas Private College Week based on a proclamation issued by Governor Sam Brownback. Hesston College is one of 18 independent colleges and universities that form the Kansas Independent College Association to be recognized during the week. According to the proclamation, the KICA member schools enroll 22,000 […]

Hesston College to “go green” with Earth Day celebration

Hesston College academic departments, campus facilities and local businesses will partner to host an Earth Day celebration at Hesston College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 on the Hesston College campus. The event is free and open to the public. The day’s activities will center around the theme “Living the Green Life,” and […]

Hesston College deepens commitment to sustainability

Hesston College is now a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world.  Through membership in AASHE, Hesston will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community. “Hesston College has been active in sustainability […]

Hesston College observes first No Impact Week

Hesston College observed its first No Impact Week Sept. 25 to Oct. 2. The start of the fall semester kicked off an ongoing theme of sustainability spearheaded by the First Year Experience class and the campus-wide common read “No Impact Man” (Picador, 2010) by Colin Beavan. The week’s events were an opportunity for the campus […]

Campus prepares for Opening Weekend Aug. 18 to 21

The recent activity on the Hesston College campus after three months, is indication that the college is gearing up for Opening Weekend Aug. 18 to 21 and the start of the new academic year Aug. 22. Soon the parking lots will be full of cars sporting license plates from 30 states, and students will find […]

Hesston College credits many for successful year

With the close of the fiscal year, the Hesston College community was pleased to see another year end in the black and the Development team meet the Annual Fund goal to assist with financial aid for students. “Steady enrollment, generous contributions, strong academics and student life, and a positive learning environment have all contributed to […]

Creating a sustainable campus

Stewardship is, by no means, a new concept to the Hesston College community. Care of resources, from buildings to funds to the environment, is among the values woven into the fabric of the college. Now, in the age of “going green,” students, faculty and staff continually explore new and innovative ways to reduce the college’s […]