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Our Paul Smith’s College community, residing within the Adirondack Park, promotes economic, social and environmental sustainability.
The Sustainability Grant program has been running here at Paul Smith’s College since the Fall of 2013. Funds from the program are derived from a $30 fee that all students pay during the Spring semester. This allows there to be roughly $25,000 available annually for students, faculty, and staff to apply for. These funds are then used to support sustainable initiatives on campus and throughout the college community.
The program gives proposers options of applying for either an under $500 or over $500 grant. The under $500 grants are accepted on a rolling basis and are judged based upon a funding rubric by the Smitty Sustainability Committee. This committee is comprised of students who feel passionate about sustainability and enjoy enacting positive forms of change on campus. The over $500 grants are first reviewed by the committee, in accordance to the rubric. After this, the proposals are voted upon by the entire student body, once during each semester of the school year. If more than half of the students vote to pass the proposal(s), the grant has passed and funds are distributed.
Paul Smith’s College has earned a STARS Bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Faculty, Sustainability Coordinator
Joan Weill Student Center 101
Center for Sustainability Education and Outreach Assistant
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Minor: Entrepreneurial Business
- Maintain documentation for Sustainability Grant projects and assist in the disbursement of funds
- Coordinate sustainability education and outreach programs with various departments on campus
- Assist in marketing the mission related to Sustainability on campus, this includes outreach programs, assisting in generating social media material, and updating the Sustainability webpage
- Create events and carry out meetings for the Smitty Sustainability Committee