on the Hill

For the Common Good

Sustainability Efforts Ramp Up


hanks in large part to a generous grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP), Mount Mercy’s sustainability efforts just got a huge boost.

Professor of English Joy Ochs led the grant writing efforts that earned $425,000 to promote sustainability literacy and stewardship practices, expanding the university’s commitment to serving the common good.

These expanded efforts will include staff to lead sustainability initiatives, development of academic programs in sustainability studies, a new Sustainability Scholars program, student co-curricular opportunities in socially conscious entrepreneurship, sustainable infrastructure on campus, staff development programs, and community outreach.

“Mount Mercy’s latest strategic plan opens the door for significant progress on our sustainability goals,” Ochs says. “This work couldn’t have come at a better time, and though our goals are lofty, we’re positive we can make a real change in organizational culture, student experience, and regional outreach.” ■

MACP supports efforts to enhance quality of life and prevent and relieve suffering of children, families, and seniors; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; and encourage the humane treatment of animals.