Attainable Sustainable is Saint Joseph's program to promote sustainable practices and instill a stewardship ethic on campus. In 2007, Dr. Jeanne Gulnick, an environmental sciences professor, became the campus sustainability coordinator and started to recruit student Eco-Reps, analyze the College's energy use, increase recycling efforts and more. Now Eco-Reps in each residence hall help to educate students about environmental ethics and actions.
The Saint Joseph’s College Sustainability Committee remains committed to setting an example of environmentally sensitive and sustainable practices by our own actions and by supporting our community through outreach and providing our expertise and resources. Local concerns include the threat of a spill in the Sebago Watershed that would dramatically impact the foundation of our economy and our quality of life. We stand in solidarity with the citizens of South Portland who are working to develop a waterfront protection ordinance specific to tar sands and to develop a feasible plan for the economic growth and prosperity of their community. Read Petition.
Sustainability involves living in such a way that the needs of all people on this planet can be met – without compromising the ability of future generations to have their needs met. It means using resources responsibly, minimizing pollution and caring for the ecosystems that support us and the millions of other species who call Earth home.
To learn more about campus sustainability, read the interview with Jeanne Gulnick.
The Dorr Foundation has awarded Saint Joseph's a $23,550 grant to help monitor energy use more closely on campus, and also partner with students in a nearby community to monitor, calculate and reduce energy use at their school and homes.
Campus sustainability coordinator Jeanne Gulnick will train five seventh-grade math and science teachers at Windham Middle School about how to install meters that measure energy use in classrooms and in their students' homes. The grant will also connect the math and science students at the middle school with Saint Joseph's mentors – student Eco-Reps and students enrolled in the Ecology and the Environmental Challenge course on campus. In all, roughly 225 middle school students and 270 Saint Joseph's students will be involved. Read the full story in the SJC Magazine.