People. Passion. Planet.
The 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
In 2015, the College adopted a Climate Action and Sustainability Plan establishing benchmarks, developing goals, and monitoring progress toward carbon neutrality on campus.
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
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
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.
Sustainability Stories at SJC
Saint Joseph's College is recently announced as a Bee Campus USA Affiliate, joining other campuses across the nation to improve their landscapes for pollinators.
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine has become the 73rd educational institution in the nation, and the first in Maine, to be certified as one of the affiliates of the Bee Campus USA program that has improved their campus landscape for pollinators.