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St. John's University Earns Top Environmental Rankings From Sierra Magazine

Friday, August 29, 2014

St. John’s University has once again been named to the Sierra Club’s 2014 “Cool School” list which recognizes the country’s greenest schools.  Currently ranked 86th, St. John’s move into the top 100 demonstrates the University’s commitment to improving sustainability and energy conservation efforts.

St. John’s entry featured a number of the University’s programs to be considered for judging including energy and water conservation, waste diversion, student engagement in food waste recovery, and energy conservation in the residence halls.

Through the work of its Office of Sustainability, St. John’s has taken several measures to reduce its carbon footprint.  A Memorandum of Understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the first such agreement made by a private university, serves as a pledge by St. John’s and its students for continuous improvement in environmental stewardship through eight voluntary EPA programs.

“Sustainability is about promoting and living a more just and sustainable way of life,” said Tom Goldsmith, Director of Energy and Environmental Conservation. “At St. John’s, we achieve this through education, environmental stewardship, and service to others.”

St. John’s University has been awarded a GOLD rating by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), is featured in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition” and has been named one of the nation’s Tree Campus USA institutions of higher learning, conferred by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The “Cool School” list is judged based on a rubric of 70 categories adding up to a potential 1000 points. The rubric emphasizes the Club’s environmental priorities and rewards schools that do a good job of measuring and mitigating their impact. Criteria for the rubric include having an organic garden, peer-to-peer sustainability educator programs, and renewable energy sources.


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