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Paul Smith's College Sustainability

Our Mission

Students’ participation in a broad range of activities promotes their individual growth and enhances their understanding and awareness of others. These attributes complement the distinct educational experience of PSC to prepare students for successful living and leadership positions in their communities and careers.

The Sustainability Office’s mission is to empower students to enhance the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of Paul Smith’s College and its surrounding community.

Upcoming Dates!

  • Eco-Leaders Meeting every Friday at Common Time in Pickett 109
  • 2/8 Campus Sustainability Fund Proposal First Submission Date
  • 2/10 Eco-Leaders and Admission Proposal Meeting
  • 2/20-2/24 Student Vote on CSF Proposals
  • 4/1-4/22 Energy Competition
  • 4/22 Earth Day, SAM Fest, and Garden Work Day

Meet the Team

Campus Sustainability Student Employees

Valerie Hoffman

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Energy Assistant

Where are you from?

I am from Fort Plain, NY

What’s your year?

Junior

What’s your major?

Natural Resources Sustainability

What do you like to do?

I like to compete in timber sports, hike and ski.

Favorite quote?

“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” – Henry Ford

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Wednesday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Friday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Nicole DeCarolis

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 Media and Communications Assistant

Where are you from?

Rochester, NY

What’s your major?

Natural Resource Conservation & Management

What’s your year?

Sophomore

What do you like to do?

 Photography, Reading, Cooking, and Hiking

Favorite quote?

“It’s difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends on him not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

Office Hours:

Monday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Wednesday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Danielle Simmons

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Materials Manager

Where are you from?

Henderson, NY

What’s your major?

Natural Resource Conservation & Management with a minor in Environmental Communications

What’s your year?

Sophomore

What do you like to do?

Reading, Singing, and Kayaking

Favorite quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Office Hours:

Monday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Benjamin Kleptz

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Sustainability Assistant

Where are you from?

Jericho, Vermont

What’s your major?

Sustainable Communities and Working Landscapes

What’s your year?

Sophomore

What do you like to do?

I really enjoy spending time on the water; whether it be hunting, fishing, or just scooting around on my kayak.

Favorite quote?

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kathryn Vellone

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Sustainability Assistant

Where are you from?

Elbridge, NY

What’s you major?

Natural Resources Sustainability, with a minor in GIS

What’s you year?

Senior

What do you like to do?

Horseback riding, hiking, singing, and reading

Favorite Quote?

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”- Theodore Roosevelt

Office Hours:

Monday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jack Gallagher

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Sustainability Assistant

Where are you from?

Wilmington, NY

What’s your major?

Land Surveying Technology (A.A.S)

What’s your year?

Freshman

What do you like to do?

Ski and Fish

Favorite quote?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the entire world.” – Nelson Mandela

Katharine Glenn

Faculty, Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Campus Sustainability Coordinator

Challenge Course Manager

What do you like to do?

Hiking, Backpacking, Hammock Laying, Paddling, gardening, and cooking!

Favorite quote?

“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.” – Wangari Maathai

It's Your Campus

 

From solar-panel installation to apple pressing, there are plenty of ways to join.

Get Involved

It's Our World

 

Learn about our comprehensive Climate Action Plan

 

Learn More

Leave a Legacy

 

Your idea can become a reality by making a Campus Sustainability Fund proposal

Submit Now

The Latest

Pellet Boiler Update

The pellet boiler on campus is currently  not operational. Paul Smith’s College is in the process of acquiring the pellet boiler from NYSERDA. The company that was incharge of the pellet boiler went bankrupt. We will be training an in house staff to  preform...

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Zero-Sort Recycling

Zero-Sort Recycling

There is a misconception on campus that we do not recycle, but we do! We have a zero-sort (Single Stream) recycling here at Paul Smith’s College. That means that all of the recycling can go in one blue bin, BUT WE HAVE TO SEPARATE TRASH AND RECYCLING. If the...

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Academics

Academic Research & Projects

Professor Dr. Curt Stager Adirondack Climate Research

http://www.adirondackclimate.com/About-Us.html

SAMfest – Science Art and Music Festival

http://www.samfest.org/

Professor Dr. Brett McLeod : Book, The Woodland Homestead

http://www.woodlandhomestead.com/

Partners Links

Adirondack North Country Association

http://www.adirondack.org/

The Wild Center

http://www.wildcenter.org/youthclimate

The Green Circle

https://www.facebook.com/Adirondack-Green-Circle-400713270890

Adirondack Farm to School Initiative

http://www.adkfarmtoschool.com/

The Northern Forest Center

https://northernforest.org/

Adirondack Futures & Common Ground Alliance

http://adkfutures.org/

North Country Healthy Heart Network

http://heartnetwork.org/

Cornell Cooperative Extension

http://cce.cornell.edu/

Student Spotlight

Jack Gallagher

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Jack Gallagher, now a freshman here at Paul Smith’s, has been involved with the fight for climate change since his high school career. He first started to get involved when he joined the New York State Envirothon. The Envirothon is a natural resource hands-on environmental education competition for high school students. The competition consists of a team of five high school students who work together and compete in different environmental categories (soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife). Jack’s experience with the competition motivated him to communicate about the growing issue of climate change.

Jack has been nationally recognized by the Green Schools Society, which is an independent organization that recognizes students and schools who take huge steps to combat climate change within their local communities. Gallagher is also climate reality trained – an organization started by Al Gore to communicate the issues of climate change and solutions coming from all aspects of pure science – to give presentations on climate change. Jack has since presented to the Green Circle, APA, and the DEC.

Jack helped startup the first ever environmental club at the Adirondack Educational Center. The club assisted with organizing the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit the past two years. Gallagher presented at last year’s summit on the general overview of the issues and solutions to climate change; and helped organize several events that came out of the summit, such as the Big Green Shindig (climate education community awareness concert and bonfire) in Lake Placid, NY.  Jack is now the team captain for Paul Smith’s College at the Youth Climate Summit, where he will help lead the team and create the Climate Action Plan for the college. In addition, Jack will also be presenting in a bio-diesel workshop at the summit, which demonstrates how he created it at his old high school.

Keep up the good work, Jack!

 

Paul Smith’s College Center for Campus Sustainability
Pickett 109
E-mail: [email protected]
518.327.6054
Sustainability Coordinator: Katharine Glenn