Sustainability & Stewardship

Sustainability at MMU

At Mount Mercy University, sustainability is about both people and planet. In the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concern “Care for the Earth”, we adhere to the United Nations’ definition that sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

This includes socio-cultural, economic, and environmental perspectives including but not limited to, human rights, equality, diversity, poverty reduction, corporate responsibility, natural resources, biodiversity, sustainable development, and climate change.

Sustainability at MMU takes many forms like our LED light conversions, single-stream recycling, reducing food waste in the cafeteria, reducing plastic waste, using more environmentally friendly chemicals and products, and integrating native plants on campus. It also includes efforts like our Mustang Market that helps food-insecure students, service trips that focus on poverty reduction and diversity, and how our faculty work to include sustainability into their curriculum across our diverse majors and minors.

We are constantly looking for ways to make Mount Mercy University sustainable for future students and our surrounding community.  

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  1. Find alternatives to single-use plastics (grocery bags, sandwich bags, bottled water, single-serving packaged snacks, straws, etc.).
  2. Buy local whenever possible.
  3. Limit your driving by finding efficient routes and schedules to avoid backtracking and multiple trips.
  4. Recycle what you do use (electronics, appliances, paper, plastic, metals).
  5. If possible, compost. If you live in Cedar Rapids, items like plant-based food scraps, napkins, and paper towels go in your yard waste bin.

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Start small and go from there. Small changes are an easy way to chip away at big barriers.


Rachael Murtaugh


Rachael Murtaugh
Director of Sustainability
319-363-1323 x1499