Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.98
Liaison Peter Barker
Submission Date March 14, 2016
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St. John's University, New York
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Thomas Goldsmith
Director of Environment and Energy Conservation
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The Sustainability Department is made up of Faculty, Staff, and student Sustainability Coordinators who work together to promote sustainable living and building on Campus and in the localcommunity through multiple campaigns, educational opportunities, and sustainable planning.

The Sustainability department has not increased in size much since its inception, but its actions have increased substantially. Under the guidance of its director, Thomas Goldsmith, the University has become extremely involved in multiple sustainable challenges and educating the new generation of future sustainability leaders.

Specific sccomplishments can be found via the following links:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each 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 each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

-Tom Goldsmith n(Dir-Envir. & Energy Conservation, and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee),
-Alice Arvan (Senior Copywriter University Marketing and Communication)
-Dianella G. Howarth (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)
-Lynn Stravino (Associate Director Academic Service Learning)
-Barry Brenton (Associate Professor Sociology & Anthropology)
-Sally Kenel (Associate Professor Theology and Religious Studies)
-Ruth DeRosa (Associate Director, Dept. of Student Wellness)

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each 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

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Sustainability Coordinators: Haley Manchon, Grant Mayer, Jeremy Johnson, Ritchy Germain, Maia Edmond, and Michael Andranovich

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Office of Facilities Services hires 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 officer(s) is available:
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