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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


Energy Assistant

Where are you from?

I am from Fort Plain, NY

What’s your year?


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: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 am

Danielle Simmons


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?


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 – 12:45 pm

Tuesday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Thursday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Kathryn Vellone


Sustainability Assistant

Where are you from?

Elbridge, NY

What’s you major?

Natural Resources Sustainability, with a minor in GIS

What’s you year?


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:

Tuesday:2:15 pm- 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm

Thursday: 2:15 pm- 4:00 pm

Friday: 11:00 am- 12:45 pm

Jack Gallagher


Sustainability Assistant

Where are you from?

Wilmington, NY

What’s your major?

Land Surveying Technology (A.A.S)

What’s your year?


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

Office Hours

Monday: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Thursday: 10:30 am- 11:30 am

Friday: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

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

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Wouldn't it be awesome to help plant trees by simply using a search engine?  Since 2009, the German-based company Ecosia has been doing just that.  With the power of Microsoft's Bing, Ecosia is an extension compatible with many web-browsers which makes Ecosia the...

On Track to Being a Sustainability STAR

On Track to Being a Sustainability STAR

By Kathryn Vellone
In helping to fulfill our institution’s mission toward greater sustainability in higher education, Paul Smith’s College Center for Campus Sustainability staff will begin using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) during this spring semester.



Academic Research & Projects

Professor Dr. Curt Stager Adirondack Climate Research

SAMfest – Science Art and Music Festival

Professor Dr. Brett McLeod : Book, The Woodland Homestead

Partners Links

Adirondack North Country Association

The Wild Center

The Green Circle

Adirondack Farm to School Initiative

The Northern Forest Center

Adirondack Futures & Common Ground Alliance

North Country Healthy Heart Network

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Student Spotlight

Jack Gallagher


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]
Sustainability Coordinator: Katharine Glenn