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.

Climate Action and Sustainability Plan

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.

Sustainability Blog

The College Partners with the Planet

  • Get Ready for Earth Week!

    April 18th, 2019

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

  • The Sustainability Festival is quickly approaching!

    April 2nd, 2019

    Join us for Flower Power: Sustainability in Action and the debut of our very own Pollinator Garden on Thursday, April 25th from 11:00 to 2:00!

  • Saint Joseph’s Named Green College by the Princeton Review

    February 26th, 2019

    Saint Joseph’s College has been recognized by The Princeton Review for its environmental responsibility. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Saint Joseph’s College in the 2018 edition of its book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges.

  • Re-thinking Coffee at College

    February 26th, 2019

    In an effort to reduce single-use cups, Brewed Awakenings (the College’s coffee station located in Alfond Hall) now offers free coffee to students and employees who bring their own reusable cups.

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