Responsiblity - Reduce - Recycle -
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.
In 2007 President Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M. signed the
"Mayoral Challenge for 30 in 10". In January 2008 the university
established an office of sustainability within the Department of
St. John’s Joins NYC Mayor
For Landmark Announcement To Fight Global Climate Change
In February 2008 St. John's became the first university in NYC
to present a plan to meet and exceed the Mayoral Challenge to
reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent for all campuses. And, the
plan shows the reduction in one half the time allotted.
In March 2008 the Office of Facilities Services hired its first
group of student workers as Sustainability Coordinators.
Achievements of the STJSI will always be a work in progress. The
measurable efforts are tied to how well we can lower the impact on
the environment and most importantly educating individuals who will
take leadership in making the world more sustainable regardless of
their chosen fields.
The most common measurable target categories for the STJSI are
lowering our carbon footprint, conserving natural resources of
water, trees and energy, and reduction of the use of paper and
In short, the STJSI employs the standard 3-Rs Reduce, Reuse
& Recycle and adds one more, Responsibility.
Thomas M. Goldsmith
Director of Environmental & Energy
Department of Facilities Services