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Center for Sustainable Communities

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Center for Sustainable Communities2018-10-10T08:40:10+00:00

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;

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

5 Lead through innovation.

Through this work, our community of learners gains knowledge of changing technologies in the energy, health, environmental, and food sectors, building resilience for the changing economy and skills for the jobs of tomorrow.

Graphic of the greening of Saint Joseph's CollegeThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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To learn more about the CASE Scholars program, or to volunteer for Project Pollinator, Maine Aging in Place programs, or energy efficiency work for low income Mainers, contact us.

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Learn about our sustainability program, STARS rating, and carbon committment.
Center for Sustainable Communities co-directors, Nancy Kristiansen, Kimberly Post, and Greg Teegarden

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

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Scientists Contribute to Unique Industry-Higher Education Lobster Research Collaboration

With funding from Maine Technology Institute’s Technology Asset Fund, faculty and students in the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Sciences Department are among the top lobster scientists in Maine contributing to a unique, two-year industry-higher education collaboration between Ready Seafood, Inc., Saint Joseph’s College, and the University of Maine. At its core, this project involves research designed to increase the value of Maine’s most valuable fisheries resource by improving scientific understanding of lobster physiology that will enable increased survival rates of live lobsters during shipping. The value of lobster landed in Maine was $533.1 million in 2016 or nearly 80% of the landed value of all fisheries in the State. With projections that lobster populations have reached their peak, the industry is looking to scientists for innovative ways to increase value. One way to do this is to create an environment where a "soft shell lobster" turns into a more resilient and valuable "hard shell lobster" after it has been trapped.

October 11th, 2018|

Saint Joseph’s College Raises Awareness and Celebrates Achievements During Nationwide Campus Sustainability Month

Saint Joseph’s College joins campuses nationwide in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month throughout October 2018. This annual event, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights achievements and raises awareness of the value of higher education sustainability.

October 1st, 2018|

A Knack for Leadership

Elyse Caiazzo’s passion for local food production leads to multiple awards. Elyse is a double major in Environmental Science and Political Science, has been chosen to participate in the 2018 Maine National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Summer Institute through the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center this summer.

July 13th, 2018|

Moving Mountains

Avid outdoorsman. Champion of education. Tireless volunteer. Editor of the one of the most iconic publications in America. It’s hard to know where to begin describing Peter Geiger Hon. ’14 and his commitment to making the world a better place, but when documenting sustainability initiatives in the Saint Joseph’s College community, Geiger’s name tops the go-to list.

June 30th, 2018|