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Archives of STJ's sustainability news and events.

October 2013October 21 - Campus Sustainability Day full of events, including speakers from Nature Preservation in NYC, NY DEP, and dinner; concluded on the Great Lawn with Tapped, a documentary that examines the role of the water bottle industry and its effects on our health, climate change, and pollution.

May 2013

The Sustainability Department in cooperation with Residents Life, host the annual Chuck-It-4-Charity student move out food and clothing collection drive.

April 2013

 St. John's University competed in the Campus Conservation Nationals against more than 200 schools across the nation and places 5th!

April 22 - St. John's Earth Club hosts an Earth Fest on the Great Lawn.

April 26 - On New York State's Arbor Day 2013, St. John's hosts a Arbor Day Foundation Award Ceremony and Tree Planting Event. The Arbor Day Foundation presented St. John's with the award of Tree Campus USA 2012 and donated 65 trees which were planted by over 100 student volunteers.

March 2013March 30, RecycleMania 2013 Ends! St. John's University had another successful competition; veiw results here.
February 2013February 3, RecycleMania 2013 begins! Sustainability Coordinators campaign to get students to pledge to "Do the Right Thing" and recycle.
January 2013January 31, The Arbor Day Foundation awards St. John's University recognition as a 2012 Tree Campus USA college. 
December 2012

Residential Village Recycling Competitons come to an end.

December 19, St. John's University produces its semi-annual EPA MOU Environmental Assessment

November 2012

November Issue of BioCycle Magazine freatured St. John's O2 Compost System in a two-page article.

November 15, Sustainability Coordinators participated in America Recycles Day by a campaigning event in Montgoris Dining Hall. 

October 2012

October 24, St. John's University hosts an EPA Food Challenge Event and celebrates Campus Sustainability Day with Sustainability Movie Night on the Great Lawn. 

September 2012 Learning Communities came to the Organic Garden for an out of classroom lesson on Organic Gardening and Composting for Organic Soils Management.
August 2012Sustainability Coordinators give a presentation during  RA training 2012.

June 2012

Summer work in garden and composting.

May 2012

Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability launch their annual Student Move Out - "Chuck it For Charity For Charity" food and clothing drive.

STARS gives St. John's sustainability performance a Gold rating!

April 2012 St. John's celebrated Earth Fest Event in honor of Earth Day with reycleble art, resuable tote bag decorating and compost demonstration.

St. John's launches it's preview video on Organic Soils Management.
March 2012St. John's received results for Campus Conservation Nationals, and St. John's is a CCN winner!
February 2012 St. John's participates in Campus Conservation Nationals and RecycleMania. The University also kicked off an employee carpool program called NY Rideshare.
Student sustainability coordinators being the building of the O2 Compost System.
September 2011Resident Assistants Ready to Help Incoming and Returning Students
July 2011New Tea Composter Boosts St. John’s Sustainability Leadership Position
June 2011 
May 2011 Annual student move out, "Chuck it For Charity" Food and Clothing Drive.
February 2011

 St. John's participates in RecycleMania National Competition.

November 2010

 Campus Conservation Nationals: St. John's University wins 4th in the country.

September 2010 Student move in: CFL exchange and recycle bin hand out.

July 2010

 St. John’s Wins Learn & Serve America Grant to Teach Leadership Skills and Environmental Stewardship to Queens Middle School Children

St. John’s Awarded $1 Million of American Recovery And Reinvestment Act for Energy Conservation Projects

Students Visit Farms Where St. John’s Purchases Locally Grown Produce

June 2010EPA Environmental Assessment MOU Semiannual Report July 2, 2010
May 2010

Student Move-Out Food & Clothing Drive 2010

St. John’s Students Take First Prize in NYS Recycling Awareness Video

St. John’s Listed in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

April 2010Earth and Film Club Members Use Earth Day to Raise Recycling Awareness

February 2010

Six dormitories in the Residence Village compete in the first-ever Dashboard® Challenge to reduce electricity consumption. Dashboard® remains available online for residents to monitor their electricity use.
January-March 20102010 Recyclemania 2010 comes to campus.
January 2010St. John’s initiatives are featured in Green Business Quarterly’s “Making the Grade.”
October 2009

University issues its Climate Action Plan Progress Report for “College Challenge” PlaNYC.
St. John’s headlines conference on “Renewing the Campus: Sustainability and the Catholic University” at University of Notre Dame.

September 2009Change Magazine for Higher Learning highlights University’s sustainability initiatives.
University forms Standing Committee for Sustainability.
St. John’s becomes a “Clean Air Campus” participant through NYS Department of Transportation Program.
August 2009Energy and Water Audit report delivered.
Students and administrators plant Organic Garden on Queens campus.
July 2009Additional trees planted as part of MillionTrees Project
University begins purchasing locally grown foods; students visit Long Island farms.
St. John’s cosponsors “Food Composting Event” with NYC Sanitation Department and New York Botanical Gardens.
NYS Energy Research Development Agency funds University’s energy conservation measures.
University receives $1 million in energy grants for LEEDS-certification of its D’Angelo Academic Center.
June 2009Staten Island students engage in “Dumpster Dive” as part of first Waste Characterization study.
St. John’s submits “Memorandum of Understanding” progress report to EPA.
May 2009Public Safety trades vehicles for10 hybrids.
St. John’s becomes first U.S. university to use Rocket® In-vessel Food Composter.
April 2009Student Earth Club celebrates “Earth Week 2009.”
January 2009St. John’s joins PlaNYCMillionTrees Project, planting trees on Queens and Staten Island campuses.
January-March 2009Recyclemania 2009 comes to campus.
December 2008St. John’s becomes first private university to sign “Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."
October 2008NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg awards “Gold Star” to St. John’s.
August 2008Resident Assistants receive sustainability training.
June 2008University installs Web-based energy and water tracking system.
March 2008Student workers are enlisted as campus Sustainability Coordinators.
Recycling enhancements are initiated.
University initiates an Investment Grade Energy and Water Audit
January 2008University establishes Office of Sustainability.
June 2007St. John’s launches Climate Action Plan as a leader in the PlaNYC “College Challenge” to slash greenhouse gases by 30 percent in 10 years.
2003University becomes U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “WasteWise” Partner.