News & Events



Anoka-Ramsey Community College has been selected as a host site for the Minnesota GreenCorps program for 2019-2020, through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)!  Our GreenCorps Member will focus specifically on Waste Reduction, Recycling and Organics Management.   The MPCA is now accepting applications for 44 full-time AmeriCorps Members for positions running from September 2019 to August 2020.  The Application Deadline is June 17, 2019 for anyone interested in a year-long, sustainability focused position.  More details can be found at the Minnesota GreenCorps site.

Recycling Champion Award

Anoka-Ramsey Community College receiving the Recycling Champion Award from Anoka County for their efforts at implementing organics recycling on the Coon Rapids Campus.  (From left to right: Ken Karr, Facilities Director, Lisa Becker, Sustainability Committee Co-Chair, Dave Madden, Facilities, Kent Hanson, President, and Scott Schulte, Anoka County Commissioner)

Anoka-Ramsey Receives Recycling Champion Award

Earth Day is Every Day at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

The Campus Eye: The New Composting on Campus System

Anoka County: Anoka-Ramsey Community College Organics Recycling

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Success Story – Anoka Ramsey Community College

The Campus Eye: Anoka-Ramsey’s New Sustainability Club


Past Events

The Sustainability Committee hosted a number of events during Earth Week, April 22nd-27th.  See the full list here

Join the Sociology Department and Sustainability Committee for a film presentation and short discussion of the Vanishing of the Bees.

Bike Week Loco


Park & Bike – Faculty and Staff Bike Leaders met at various Park & Ride locations throughout the Twin Cities to bike for part of their morning commute.  Although some groups met some rain, it proved to be an enjoyable ride for all!

Student Lunch Ride – Students were invited to take a guided bike ride to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, where we enjoyed FREE LUNCH, followed by a ride back to campus.


“Bikes Mean…” Academic Talk – Communication Studies Professor Melody Hoffmann and Writer/Sidewalk Geographer Bill Lindeke discussed the various meanings of bikes, bike infrastructure and bike culture ·

Faculty/Staff Ride – Faculty and Staff rode together to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, then to Alloy Brewing Company where we received $1 off beers for participating in the ride!  Thanks to Alloy Brewing for their support!

2017 Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Meeting

In September 2017 a group of ARCC Sustainability Committee members, along with Sustainability Club President Paige Hansen, attended the meeting of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) in Pella, Iowa.  UMACS is a group of sustainability professionals in higher education and is comprised of members from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  Anoka-Ramsey Community College is also a member of the UMACS Steering Committee, and is the only community college with a representative.  At the 2017 Meeting Lisa Becker, John Herbert and Victoria Downey presented on “Addressing Sustainability in Community Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities.” More about UMACS can be found here: Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability

2017 Spring Faculty Development Day

January 5th, 2017 was our first Faculty Development day devoted to sustainability.  Our theme was “Sustainability–Educating Today for a Greener Tomorrow.”  Faculty Development leaders arranged for guest presenters from numerous outside organizations, including the Black Permaculture Network, Macalester College, Metro State University, Republic Services, Hamline University, St. Cloud State University, Second Harvest Heartland, Pollinate Minnesota, the City of Coon Rapids, Metro Transit, University of Minnesota Morris and various local businesses, as well as presentations from some of our own accomplished faculty.

As this was a day on Sustainability, we used many different strategies in an effort to be as sustainable as possible.  The schedule for the day and all of our important material was sent out via email. We encouraged everyone to participate – a raffle was held with one entry per each sustainable action.  Victoria Downey (Geography) even volunteered to compost our lunch waste.

Future Events

Stay tuned for more Sustainability events!