Saint Joseph’s appoints sustainability coordinator

Is sustainable attainable? Saint Joseph’s hopes so – its new effort to promote environmentally friendly practices on campus is called Attainable Sustainable.

Jeanne Gulnick, sustainability coordinator

Dr. Jeanne Gulnick, campus sustainability coordinator, brings energy and commitment to her work with student “eco-reps.”

Dr. Jeanne Gulnick, the new campus sustainability coordinator, was appointed after marine science professor Greg Teegarden proposed the idea of a formal sustainability program last spring to John Zerillo, interim dean of the college at the time.

Working with the Environmental Awareness Club and leading the programming with students, residential advisors, facilities management and the student life office, Gulnick expects to see a greener future at Saint Joseph’s.

With an adjusted faculty teaching schedule, she will focus more time on coordinating Attainable Sustainable programs, one of which involves “eco-reps” – eight students spread throughout the residence halls to build environmental responsibility among fellow students.

Even recycling, turning off lights and computers in the residence halls could add up to big savings, says Gulnick. “If we have a thousand computers on campus and we save $50 per computer in a year, that’s $50,000,” she says. Already she has worked with Information Systems to make sure computers brought in for service are set to hibernate after 30 minutes.

In her Ecology and the Environmental Challenge class, Gulnick hopes to add a hands-on approach that will get students out of the classroom and into the world they’re learning about – allowing them to see what is involved in preserving the environment.

As Heather Hackeman ’09, president of the Environmental Awareness Club, says, “It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of the Earth so that we can all live long enough to enjoy it.”

by Jenn Jimenez ’09