Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.03
Liaison Peter Barker
Submission Date April 27, 2012
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St. John's University, New York
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Thomas Goldsmith
Director of Environment and Energy Conservation
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

St. John’s University Policy on Sustainability

The timeless values of St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), the patron saint of Christian charity and founder of the Vincentian community, inspire St. John’s Vincentian teachings and policy on sustainability. As a Vincentian university, St. John’s emphasizes respect for the individual, service to the needy, human solidarity and adherence to the belief that giving of one’s self along with conservation of natural resources on which life depends, helps build a more sustainable future.

Consequently, a St. John’s education encompasses both academic study including local and global environmental issues along with direct, shared experience in helping those less fortunate. For example, our curriculum includes "academic centers of excellence" that emphasize research into the mechanisms of sustainable global development and social justice. What’s more, we actively involve students in volunteering, mentoring and "service learning" programs that extend across our campuses and around the world.

The following statements affirm St. John’s commitment in building a more sustainable future through service, learning and environmental stewardship:


We continually monitor municipal solid waste and seek ways to reduce, re-use and re-buy using the guidelines of our partnerships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York City agencies and the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.
We continually monitor energy and water consumption and seek ways to conserve that will engage the entire campus community.


By working with faculty and the Sustainability Committee members, we continue to develop and expand our curriculum to provide our students with in classroom and out of classroom education and experiences that link environmental awareness to the student’s educational discipline.
We seek to support scholarship that advances our understanding and practice of sustainability.
We foster individual and institutional environmental responsibility across the entire campus community.


We seek ways to partner with local communities, farmers, businesses, governments and non-profit organizations that share the interest in building a more sustainable future.
We assist St. John’s Bread & Life and other non-governmental organizations that seek to provide basic services that feed body, mind and spirit.
We support student government, student clubs and student worker initiatives that focus on changing the culture to build a more sustainable future.
In adopting this policy, St. John’s further acknowledges its leadership and commitment to the practical application of sustainability by:

Integrating sustainable practices into the daily administration and operation of the University.
Providing a voice for sustainability in the development of strategic planning and capital expenditures.
Encouraging the University community to build upon this policy statement by identifying opportunities, formulating strategies, and implementing initiatives to further the move toward building a more sustainable future.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

-Dr. Frank Cantelmo (Associate Professor, and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee),
-Tom Goldsmith(Dir-Envir. & Energy Conservation, and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee),
-Alice Arvan(Senior Copywriter University Marketing and Communication)
-Salvatore Graffeo(Relationship Manager)
-William Nieter(Assistant Dean St. Johns College/Director Environmental Studies Program)
-Valerie Kutcher(Coordinator- Academic Service Learning)
-Miachel Donhost(Assistant Professor Dept of Curriculum & Instruction)
-Richard Sinatra(Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Education)
-Larron Win(Environmental Compliance Mgr)
-Lynn Stravino (Associate Director Academic Service Learning)
-Barry Brenton(Associate Professor Sociology & Anthropology)
-Sally Kenel(Associate Professor Theology and Religious Studies)
-Ebony Calvin(Coordinator of Campus Activities&Student Life)
-Ruth DeRosa(Associate Director, Dept. of Student Wellness)

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

St. John's Sustainability Initiative (STJSI) exists to advance the university efforts for a sustainable future by working with administrative, staff, faculty, and students to provide knowledge, skills and motivation that will integrate sustainability responsibilities into construction of new facilities, operation of existing facilities and working / learning activities

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Eleni Agresta, Konstandinos Kritikos, Jocelyn Cheah, Bill Long

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Student Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The Office of Facilities Services hires for highly motivated students to work on a team. Students hired undertake an interesting and diverse variety of activities under the guidance of Office of Facilities Services managers. Active and participatory, the job description ranges from designing and leading outreach campaigns that raise awareness about sustainability within the university community to conducting surveys, making observations, counting recyclable material volumes and number crunching the university’s carbon footprint.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:
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