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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.

Fall 2016 Upcoming Dates!

  • Eco-Leaders Meeting every Friday at Common Time in Pickett 109
  • 9/23 Tipi sign-out is now available for faculty and staff
  • 9/30 Sustainability Conferene at Clarkson University
  • 10/1 Homesteading Festival at the VIC
  • 10/12 Campus Sustainability Fund Submission Date
  • 10/15 Gould’s Garden Party
  • 10/16 Apple Picking
  • 10/19-10/26 Campus Sustainability Fund Vote in Student Center
  • 11/3-11/4  Adirondack Youth Climate Summit at the Wild Center
  • 11/12- Biodome and Biosphere Trip in Montreal

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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 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: 10:00 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

Ben 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

What’s happening at the St. Regis:  Mushrooms!

What’s happening at the St. Regis: Mushrooms!

Several weeks ago we were able to harvest our first batch of student grown and student harvested Oyster Mushrooms. Mushroom patches were purchased with a Paul Smith’s College Campus Sustainability Fund Grant from Fungi Perfecti.com.  Everyday, twice a day, the...

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Climb it 4 Climate

Climb it 4 Climate

Climb it 4 Climate is an unsupported thru-hike of the 46 High Peaks designed to raise funds for programming at Paul Smith’s College’s Osgood Farm, a site devoted to mindful living practices that promote change on a community level. PSC instructor Bethany...

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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

Tyler Hinkley-Maier

tylerAs a student at the St. Regis Café, Tyler Hinkley-Maier decided to take on the duties of Garden Assistant at Paul Smith’s College Gould’s Garden.  As the Garden Assistant, Tyler oversees the community plots, and the culinary plots that are used at the St. Regis Café. He is also in charge of raising our two pigs named Black and Tan. Tyler noted that all of this was made possible because of the partnership between the Culinary and the Sustainability Department. The partnerships main goal is to be able to show the entire process of what it takes for the food to get onto your fork. Tyler is not only learning about the process, but he is actually getting out there and seeing it first hand.

His usual day with the pigs consists of a morning feed at nine, and a night feed at six. Each time Tyler goes to feed them, he is either bringing the food bucket or water bucket to its original spot. “The pigs like to push stuff around, that’s for sure.” When he started this journey, the pigs received two scoops of feed per feeding. Two months down the road, and the pigs are now receiving four scoops.  Black and Tan’s water consumption has also risen, as expected with growing animals. What a difference those two months have made! Tyler can definitely see the growth, and it is quite impressive.

Between the garden and raising pigs, Tyler can see a difference in how he treats his ingredients. “I see how much work goes into producing each product; whether it be meat, vegetables, fruit, or even dairy products. It all starts with a farmer, or a gardener somewhere, making it happen. I see myself doing more of this kind of stuff in the future. Using my own garden to full-fill the needs of my restaurant.”

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