Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Ryan McEnany
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Pace University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
-- Reporter Leonard Burg
Projects and Operations Coordinator
Division of Student Success
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

There is one newsletter at Pace University, GAINING GROUND, specifically containing information and resources designed to help communities achieve a sustainable future. It is produced by the Pace Land Use Law Center and Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes. It features typically features: profiles of local environmental leaders; NY case law updates; Land use innovations; Helpful resources; and updates on Center research, publications, events, and municipal assistance programs.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Pace has a walking map/brochure of trees planted during Earth Day on the Pleasantville campus over the past 20 years. This tour is available to all freshmen on both campuses during Convocation each year. We do not, however, have a website for it.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Residents of the Pace NYC John Street residence hall made a specific pledge, "…to be an active participant in the green initiatives movement at Pace University. I will consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of my habits and make every effort to reduce my ecological “paw” print at home, school, and any organizations in which I am involved. This pledge included the following specifics:
Turn off lights when you leave a room
• Use natural light whenever possible instead of lamps
• Turn off and unplug electronics when not in use
• Turn off heating or cooling unit when not in the room
• Use a refillable water bottle and drink tap water
• Wash clothes in cold water
• Avoid washing partial loads of laundry; wait and wash a full load
• Buy local and organic food when possible
• Take shorter showers and flush less to conserve water
• Reuse or donate unused goods and materials
• Recycle and compost refuse when possible
• Walk, bike, or use public transportation
• Buy digital or used books
• Try to repair items before replacing or donate to someone else to repair
• When print, print double-sided or on the back of old printed documents
• Take the stairs instead of using the elevator
• Use a tote bag instead of disposable grocery/shopping bags
• Use a reusable coffee mug or thermos instead of disposable cups

This Residential Hall established a "Culinary Floor" to “educate residents on the importance of food, not only as sustenance, but also as a representation of culture, politics, and health. They explore many aspects of food its preparations, meanings, and origins. Typical events include: hands on cooking demonstrations, trips to city farms, and various restaurants in the city." (http://www.pace.edu/housing/foodies-sustainability-dining-55-john-street-first-year-students-0)

Members of NYC Residential theme floors participate in the development of a community agreement. This agreement stipulates the mutual expectations of all floor members, including specific behaviors and participation in specific programs and events that support the theme of the floor (e.g. sustainability themed community may agree that all members will participate in bi-weekly programs and/or take care to use “Earth-friendly” personal hygiene items). -- http://www.pace.edu/housing/room-selection-theme-floor-information

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Pace has continued publishing a number of Journals:

The Law School’s Center for Environmental Legal Studies first published Environmentally Friendly in 1997. The journal included short, well-researched articles and updates on developments in environmental law. A revised publication, called GreenLaw, continues the tradition of providing readers with short, quality articles on a wide range of environmental law issues. It also provides summaries of important lectures on environmental law at Pace and insight into the student experience, as well as keeping readers up-to-date on other activities at the Law School. Recent Posts include: UN Sustainable Development Goals update; Energy Issues at 2014 IUCN Colloquium; the Land Use Climate Change Climate Bubble; New York High Court: Public Trust Doctrine/Unauthorized Parkland Alienation Claims. (http://greenlaw.blogs.law.pace.edu/)

Established in 1982, the Pace Environmental Law Review (PELR) was one of the first scholarly journals established in the then new field of environmental law. Edited entirely by law school students, PELR provides a challenging opportunity to develop scholarly commentary and analysis of environmental law issues. PELR’s rigorous training in legal research, writing and editing is an important enrichment of Pace’s JD curriculum, while serving as a forum for the publication of original legal research by Pace JD and LLM candidates. It hosts a major colloquium every three years and publishes articles by leading environmental theorists and practitioners.

Winter 2014 Issue Articles: Assessing Environmental Governance of the Hudson River Valley: Application of an IPPEP Model; Environmental Controversies “Between Two or More States”; Compensation for Environmental Damage in China: Theory and Practice; Maritime Emissions Taxation: An Alternative to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme?; Inside EPA: A Former Insider’s Reflections on the Relationship Between the Obama EPA and the Obama White House; Storm King Revisited: A View From the Mountaintop. (http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/pelr/)

3. ENVIRONMENTAL NOTES replaced PEN-e, a Lexis Nexis 2011 Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change Community blog edited by the Pace Law Library since October 2008. Historically, PEN-e has provided you with environment and energy related news, conference notifications and publications since October 2008, however, with the newly conceptualized Environmental Notes, Readers can expect more substantive content in the areas of Environmental, Energy, Land Use, Animal, Natural Resource, Agricultural Law, and other related topics. Legal research tips, techniques and environmental resources will also be featured. (https://library.blogs.law.pace.edu/2013/09/04/welcomeenvironmental-notes/)

A specialty of the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) is the sponsorship of seminars, meetings, and conferences that test global policies on the local problems and local policies on global problems, using the Hudson River bioregion as the testing ground. Conference papers are published in Proceedings and are available upon request: piers@pace.edu. (http://www.pace.edu/dyson/research-and-resource-centers/academic-centers-and-institutes/piers/summer-2010-conference/past-conferences/)

Pace continues to make available Vera Lex, a journal of the International Natural Law Society, established in 1979 to communicate and dialogue on the subject of natural law and natural right, to introduce natural law philosophy into the mainstream of contemporary thought and to strengthen the current revived interest in the discussion of morals and law and advance its historical research. The articles collected here are representative of the move to introduce a variety of legal and philosophical approaches to moral issues in law that in some cases apply natural law theories and in others take a different approach.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

In addition to the items listed for this credit:

The Pace Pulse, the weekly student e-newsletter, regularly publishes sustainability-related programs, blogs, information, green awards, etc. much of which is submitted by members of the university-wide GreenPace committee. http://thepulse.blogs.pace.edu/?s=environment

PROVIDE FACILITIES THAT ARE ATTRACTIVE, SECURE, AND GREEN - a key element in the current Pace Strategic Plan is to Identify and prioritize the University’s deferred maintenance needs and develop a plan to address them.
• Expand and promote Pace’s campus sustainability initiatives – Energy and Water; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Transportation; Dining Services; Purchasing; Green Building and Landscaping; and Campus Culture and Academics – and integrate these with the University’s academic and co-curricular programs on the environment.
• Promote Pace’s sustainability efforts and academic and co-curricular environmental programs as an important example of how Pace students integrate real-world challenges with their education.

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