People. Passion. Planet.

Silhouette of a tree for Center for Sustainable CommunitiesThe Center for Sustainable Communities nurtures social, environmental, and economic sustainability on our campus and in our community. As we work together to advance social justice and sustainability, we create opportunities for innovation, leadership, and change.

Carbon Neutrality. Community Resiliency.

Reaching across disciplines to help Saint Joseph’s College grow sustainably and steward our resources responsibly. Guided by the Mercy Critical Concerns, the Sustaining the Promise Strategic Plan, and the Mission and Core Values of the College, we work collectively to:

1 Achieve carbon neutrality by 2036;

2 Promote a culture of sustainability among students, faculty, staff, administration, and surrounding communities;

3 Establish the campus as a living laboratory for sustainable solutions; and

4 Inform effective and inclusive sustainability- focused decision making on campus and in the community.

Climate Action and Sustainability Plan

civc action, carbon committment, and silver STARS logo

In 2015, the College adopted a Climate Action and Sustainability Plan establishing benchmarks, developing goals, and monitoring progress toward carbon neutrality on campus.

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The College earned a STARS Silver rating in 2017 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of its campus-wide sustainability achievements. This program is the most widely recognized in the world for reporting comprehensive information related to a college’s sustainability performance.

In 2018, Princeton Review recognized the College for its environmental responsibility and features Saint Joseph’s College in the 2018 edition of its book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges.

The Center’s Leadership

Center for Sustainable Communities co-directors, Kimberly Post, Nancy Kristiansen, and Greg Teegarden

Meet the Center for Sustainable Communities leadership team (left to right): Kimberly Post, Engagement Coordinator, Nancy Kristiansen, Planning & Administration Coordinator, and Greg Teegarden, Academic Coordinator.

Do you have a sustainability project idea or solution that you or a team would like to implement? Submit a project idea to the Center for Sustainable Communities by emailing Nancy Kristiansen, Planning & Administration Coordinator.

We’re a Certified Bee Campus USA® Affiliate

Certification for Bee Campus USA Affiliate

On June 11, 2019, Saint Joseph’s College earned a Certificate of Designation from Bee Campus USA® in recognition of its adoption of rigorous commitments to raise awareness and enhance habitat for pollinators.

Read About Our Bee Pollinator Garden Project

“Without pollinators, there’s no food on the shelves. So we should be very concerned that their numbers are on the decline.”

A bee pollinating an old fashioned bright pink rose

— Professor Greg Teegarden

Read About Our Bee Pollinator Garden Project

Sustainability Blog

The College Partners with the Planet

  • Stop and Smell the Milkweed: SJC’s new Pollinator Garden!

    July 26th, 2019

    Since its founding, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine has been committed to education as a means for both personal and social transformation. As an institution sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, we seek to educate our students through classes and experiences that bring them face-to-face with a planet and people in need.

  • Go Green and Go Home!

    May 23rd, 2019

    As students are leaving Saint Joe’s for the summer, there’s something that isn’t: their stuff.

  • The Sustainability Festival was a huge success!

    April 30th, 2019

    Last Thursday was a bee-utiful day for the Sustainability Festival! The sun was shining, the bees were buzzing, baby goats were bleating – all to the delight of the over 350 attendees!

  • Get Ready for Earth Week!

    April 18th, 2019

    Easter break is this weekend, which means lots of family time, Easter eggs, and overeating.

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Sustainability Stories at SJC