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As a reflection of the College’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, President James Dlugos signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. He appointed a committee comprised of faculty and staff to
The plan provides a framework to establish benchmarks, develop goals and monitor progress for our campus reaching carbon neutrality - no net greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions achieved through minimizing emissions, increasing renewable energy
sources, and using carbon offsets or other means to mitigate emissions.
Climate Action and Sustainability Plan serves as our road map. It guides action and establishes goals that reinforce and build upon key strategic areas of
Sustaining the Promise (the College’s Strategic Plan), such as building a diverse, multi-generational learning community; ensuring financial stability; and stewarding the campus environment.
The College now proudly stands with nearly 700 other institutions in their pledge to Carbon Neutrality.
The Plan outlines ten domains of sustainability: Energy; Waste Reduction and Recycling; Water; Food and Dining; Land Use; Supply Chain Management; Governance and Investment; Academics and Research; Community Engagement: and Health and Wellness. Each of these domains include current practices, goals and strategies, and metrics.
GHG inventory for 2015 resulted in a total of 3,915 MT eCO2 (1.38 MT eCO2 per FTE student or 8.7 MT eCO2/1,000 square feet of building space). Composting activities reduced emissions by 9MT eCO2 (0.2 percent).
Saint Joseph’s has prepared three greenhouse gas inventories, one in 2009, 2013, and now updated in 2015, accounting for major sources of GHG emissions in order to understand the College’s footprint.
The College completed the
Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) report which represented a collaborative effort of the College community and was headed by the then Sustainability Steering Committee. The process enhanced awareness of and commitment to sustainability practices on campus. The effort stemmed from signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the Saint Francis Pledge of the Catholic Climate Covenant in 2012. Developing awareness and
skills to move society forward to address the global climate crisis is a moral obligation of higher education. Building and modeling sustainability practices on our campus cultivates an ethic of sustainability among our graduates and broader campus community. STARS has been a valuable
tool in enabling the College to assess progress and plan for future efforts. Saint Joseph’s is proud to participate in the STARS program and be a member of the
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
We will create a comprehensive, campus-wide purchasing policy for cleaning products, paper products, print cartridges, and electronics with a preference for inclusive and local products and services. In addition, the plan calls to incorporate sustainability into all campus tours and all admission materials.
By 2025 we plan to create a permaculture design for Pearson’s Town Farm that includes both managed forest land and wilderness areas.
The plan calls for achieving Green Restaurant Association certification by 2019 and developing a Sustainability Certificate Program by 2020.
Yes, to engage at least 75% of faculty and staff in health and wellness programming by 2020.
The College will promote and deploy five projects from the Green Revolving Fund.
We plan to decrease electricity, oil, gas, propane, and fuel for fleet vehicles by 25%, reduce hauled waste by 10%, and reduce potable water consumption adjusted for population growth.
The Green Revolving Fund (GRF) is an investment fund that finances energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, and other sustainability projects on campus, including waste reduction. The Fund provides capital for special projects conducted by Facilities that reduce environmental impact and can repay the fund
with cost-savings within seven years.
The mission of the Green Revolving Fund is to encourage environmentally sound technologies and practices on campus. The GRF will finance innovative projects that reduce the College's environmental impact, improve the educational environment, and generate financial returns while engaging
students, staff, faculty, and administrators in the decision-making and implementation process. The fund will further the broader academic mission of the College while helping it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and embody the College’s values.
The Green Revolving Fund will function as an independent fiscal entity managed by the Sustainability Task Force. The Fund will grow over time by collecting cost-savings from the projects it funds and reinvesting them in new projects, while offering opportunities for
engagement and hands-on learning for the College community.
percentage of savings from the Green Revolving Fund energy efficiency projects
at the College are being allocated to the Green Community Fund.
you have a sustainability project idea or solution that you or a team would
like to implement? Submit a project idea to the Sustainability Task Force by emailing
The E-Team is a group of dedicated faculty and staff that collaborates to educate campus community members on relevant sustainability issues and provides a platform for engagement in sustainability-related projects and practices linked to the 2016 Climate Action
and Sustainability Plan. Additionally, the Team organizes campaigns and projects to foster environmental awareness in the College community. A liaison from the Sustainability Task Force will participate on the E-Team to facilitate communication and collaboration.
a faculty or staff member interested in getting involved in Attainable
The mission of the EcoReps is to serve as peer educators to raise awareness on sustainability issues ranging from waste reduction and diversion, energy efficiency and conservation, to health and well-being, water conservation, and more. EcoManagers are paid student positions who educate in the residence halls
by encouraging and promoting sustainable behavior changes while leading entrepreneurial projects, events, and competitions. There are six EcoManagers positions and a rotating number of EcoReps who volunteer and learn with their peers. There is an open door for more EcoReps to join throughout the semester.
a student interested in getting involved in the EcoRep program? Email
The Waste Management Team exists to create and implement policies, infrastructure, and behaviors from stakeholders across campus to minimize waste and environmental impact while maximizing efficiency by overseeing the implementation of relevant goals from the 2016 Climate Action and
Sustainability Plan. Consisting of students, faculty, and staff, members of the Waste Management Team represent diverse perspectives from across campus life to further integrate efficiency and diversion practices and behaviors at Saint Joseph’s College. A liaison from the Waste Management Team meets regularly with
the Sustainability Task Force to ensure appropriate communication and collaboration.
Are you a SJC community member interested in
getting involved in the Waste Management Team? Email Don Tanguay
The College is also embarking on the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI), based on University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities program. Founded on the idea that colleges and communities can work together to improve health and vitality in their region,
this program leverages the skills, knowledge, and capacity of students and faculty through classes, courses, and research to address sustainability issues for organizations that reside in the surrounding community. From environmental action to economic viability and social integrity, this partnership allows
students to engage with real-world problem solving to gain practical skills themselves while also providing needed support to nearby communities.
Ecology and the Environmental Challenge (ES300): Established in 2002 as a Core Course, nearly every student is required to take the introductory course called Ecology and the Environmental Challenge (ES 300), with 250 students both on campus and online
taking this course per year. Students explore how natural systems work, food systems and agricultural practices, energy processes, everyday activities, the social dimensions of population, global cooperation and solutions, behavior change, and systems-level problem solving.
Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary minor. Required courses include Ecology and the Environment, Social Problems, and a Natural Science Internship, along with elective courses ranging from Climate Change and Glacial Geology to Business Ethics, Environmental Psychology, and Theology. Most courses have a
community-based learning requirement.
Living sustainably is directly in keeping with our College's mission statement and our core values. Specifically, the mission calls for “advocate for justice and peace in recognition of each person's responsibility for the welfare of both humankind and the environment.” Sustainability is
closely interwoven with all of our core values and our Sustaining the Promise Strategic Plan.
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