Casella Climate Resilience Fellowship (2 Positions)

Casella Climate Resilience Fellowship (2 Positions)  

$1000 Per Semester Stipend  

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 

Position/Program Description 

Casella Climate Resilience Fellows work with the Paul Smith’s College Center for Sustainability to create a more sustainable and climate resilient campus and community. Each semester, Fellows undertake challenging sustainability projects that are designed to create an immediate impact, offer an extraordinary learning experience, and foster meaningful collaboration.  In addition to on-campus projects, fellows will also have the opportunity to partner with area businesses, non-profit, educational organizations, and municipalities. While working with their mentors and partner organizations, Fellows are supported by as an active network of faculty, staff, and community leaders. Fellowship opportunities can be completed for credit though the Paul Smith’s College internship program and are open to both Undergraduate and Graduate students. This Fellowship experience is designed to support the next generation of sustainability leaders by providing a hands-on, project based, experiential educational experience Paul Smith’s College is known for.  


  1. Assist in the completion of campus wide assessments on social sustainability (diversity, equity, inclusion), energy, food, transportation, and material/waste systems.  
  1. Assist with the creation of Standard Operating Procedures for annual campus wide STARS reporting  
  1. Identify and implement various on campus sustainability strategies for energy efficacy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures 
  1. Assist in the creation and implementing of a campus wide Climate Action Plan and Climate Resilience Plan for campus.  
  1. Work with Center staff to develop promotional materials, social media posts, and website content to communicate and promote various sustainability initiatives  
  1. Work with the college’s sustainability coordinator to identify partnership project opportunities with various area organizations, businesses, and municipalities.  
  1. Attend and represent PSC at area conferences and events.  
  1. Create end of semester report outlining and summarizing work completed during the fellowship semester/academic year.  



  1. Current Paul Smith’s College student in good academic standing 


To apply: 

Electronically submit a letter of intent and resume to  

 Review of applications to begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 


*This position is funded by Gift from Casella Waste Systems 




Fall 2021 Center for Sustainability Programs

Monday, September 6th – Club Fair

Find the Smitty Sustainability Committee table while you’re checking out other club tables on the Great Lawn!

Saturday, September 11th – Blue Line Compost Tour Field Trip

10 am van pickup at the post office. Awesome tour and valuable learning experience! Visit the sign-up sheet outside Kate Glenn’s office (Student Center 101) if interested in joining. For more info, visit

September 25th – Cider Pressing! 

10 am-2 pm – Outside the Student Center. We’ll be using an old fashioned double barreled cider press to make fresh press apple cider. Hot cider will be sold in wide-mouth glass pint jars for the suggested donation of 3$ a jar. Come check out the bike powered apple masher we borrow from Ravenwood Homestead.

October 5th – Northern Power and Light speaker Emmett Smith

Paul Smith’s College is powered 100% by Local Small Scale Hydroelectricity from Northern Power and Light, CEO of Northern Power and Light, Emmett Smith will speak on campus about local hydro in the Adirondacks and how you can support local renewable energy in the North Country. Pine Room @ 6:30pm. More information:

October 9th – Azure Mountain Hydroelectric Tour

Tour this beautiful old hydroelectric plant in St. Regis Falls, which helps power Paul Smith’s College. Plant Operator Everette Smith will show us around this facility built in the 90’s using 100 year old equipment on a dam on the st regis river. 1 pm van pickup at the post office -Sign up at the Center for Sustainability, Student Center 101

November 2nd- Zoom Panel on Electric Vehicles

Are you thinking of purchasing an Electric Vehicle? Hear from a panel of PSC employees who’ve all made the transition to electric. Speakers include Nicholas Hunt-Bull, Dan Kelting, Scott Van-Lear, and Andrew Kelly. There is more than one way to drive electric, our panel reflects that. You’ll hear from people driving 100% electric vehicles, as well as plug in hybrid EV.  Program is held in Freer Auditorium and Zoom, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm