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.
Sustainability Stories at SJC
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Funds Sustainability Education at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
The National Endowment for the Humanities $34,995 grant supports the “Education for Sustainability through the Humanities Project” which will develop and implement educational programming that helps formulate how to build sustainable human communities and solve global problems.
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Hosts AmeriCorps Program that Played Key Role in Providing Relief from Heating Fuel Costs
Saint Joseph’s College students, faculty, and staff coordinated with several community organizations and volunteered to build 172 insulating window inserts for nineteen qualifying families in Windham, Standish, Casco, New Gloucester, Westbrook, and Raymond, Maine.
Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded Saint Joseph’s College $5,000 towards the construction of the Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation, a hub providing education and infrastructure in support of the economic development of Maine’s local food industry.