Consistent with Franciscan principles, we are continuously exploring ways to reduce our negative impact on the environment and promote sustainability and ecological responsibility among the St. Francis College community.
St. Francis College's commitment to Green Initiatives is reflected by some of the projects and intentional decisions described below. However, we aim for this list to be much longer than can be displayed here. "Care for Creation" is a Franciscan value that underpins our mission to responsible citizenship and commitment to the environment. This reflection of love for all living things and our interdependent relationship with the Earth will continue to drive the good work already begun.
- Water bottle filling stations have been installed in various locations at the College, featuring a digital counter reflecting over 75,000 plastic water bottles not being wasted.
- Full recycling stations installed throughout the entire campus.
- New classrooms are equipped with motion sensors that turn turn lights off automatically, if left on when not in use.
- Renovated areas of the college use high efficiency lighting (fluorescent, T5 or T8, LED).
- New carpet at the College is produced from used and reclaimed vinyl-backed carpet.
- New tile flooring installed at the college is PVC free and contains 10% post-industrial waste and 10% natural rubber.
- The College uses biodegradable ceiling panels, when possible, that are made from regionally sourced raw materials.
- Cleaning staff uses environmentally friendly products.
- New direct gas fired chillers on the roof for air conditioning are twice as efficient as the low-pressure steam chillers they replaced.
- New boilers in the basement are burning cleaner and about 10% more efficient (same gas input but a higher thermal output).
- New fume hoods in science labs are low flow, for improved containment, safety, and energy conservation.
- New pool filtering system requires less chlorine usage.
- Food Service has discontinued use of all Styrofoam materials.
*Changed hardware to single units in several computer labs, which cuts power consumption by more than half.
*The IT acquisitions process includes consideration for reduced power consumption, which is not only greener but also reflects longer life and better performance of hardware.
*Using certified recyclers for disposal of hardware.
*Currently exploring default network printer configurations for double-sided printing and share printers, where possible.
The Blessing of the Gowanus (NY Times)
EarthShare New York
A comprehensive list of respected and responsible environmental and conservation organizations in New York.
A non-governmental organization with United Nations General Consultative Status whose focus includes a sustainable environment.
Franciscan Earth Corps
A national network of young adults engaging in Franciscan spirituality and action.
A book by Br. Keith Douglass Warner, OFM, that draws from the Franciscan tradition to address our contemporary environmental crises.
Bro. Gregory Cellini, OSF, Francsican Advisor
John Dilyard, Associate Professor of Management
Alexandria Egler, Executive Asst to the President
Ruben Gonzalez, Associate Dir of Student Activities
Kevin O'Rourke, AVP of Facilities Management