News & Events

News & Events

Student sustainability summit

The Sustainability Committee is excited to host our first Student Sustainability Summit on Monday, November 18th from 10am-2pm at the bottom of the Grand Staircase (with talks in C256).

We have a number of organizations who will be in attendance, including MN350 & Anoka County Climate Action, Metro Transit, the ARCC Sustainability Club, and PlugInConnect. We also have student presentations from Introduction to Business and Introduction to Sustainability classes and free food!

For our creative students, you’re invited to participate in an Upcycled Fashion Show & Contest! To participate, create a wearable, upcycled item using previously loved materials (you can buy new thread, pins, etc. if needed, but the bulk of the item should be used). Submissions should be brought to the bottom of the Grand Staircase on 11/18 between 10am-12:30pm, with the Fashion Show and voting taking place at 1pm. Cub Foods Gift Cards will be awarded to the winning entries!

Do you have sweaters you don’t wear anymore? Swap, don’t shop! Clean out your closet and bring your clean, lightly used sweaters to swap at the Sustainability Summit instead! Donations can be dropped off on Monday morning starting at 9am at the bottom of the Grand Staircase.

Talks throughout the day will be given by MN350 & Anoka County Climate Action, as well as PlugInConnect. Check out the full schedule below!

Student Sustainability Summit Schedule

Ongoing: Sweater Swap, Transit Survey, Greenhouse Gas Footprint Station, MN350 & Anoka County Climate Action Tabling, Green Your Holidays, Metro Transit, PlugInConnect

10:00am: Introduction to Business: Globalization & Clothing Production – Science Fair Style Presentations

10:30am: “Climate Change – What to Say About it to Your Skeptic Friends” – MN350 and Anoka County Climate Action, C256

11:00am: EV Car Presentation, Q&A – PlugInConnect, C256

12:00pm: Introduction to Business: Globalization & Clothing Production – Science Fair Style Presentations

12:30pm: “How We’ll Make the Transition to 100% Renewable Energy in the Next 20 Years” – MN350 and Anoka County Climate Action, C256

1:00pm: Introduction to Sustainability: Green Group Projects – Science Fair Style Presentations on Sustainability Actions for the ARCC Community, Upcycled Fashion Show & Contest (with prizes!)

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

2019 Earth Week

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

2018 Bike Week

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.