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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 https://bluelinecompost.com/

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: https://www.npandl.com/

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

FedCo Vegetable Seed Sale and Fundraiser!

Paul Smith’s Center for Sustainability encourages you to get green: your thumb, that is, with the  Proceeds from the seed sale will be donated to ADK Action, a local non-profit organization dedicated to fighting food insecurity in the Park and bettering the community. Support a local food justice project, and grow your own delicious food in the process! 

Stop by the Center for Sustainability office (Student Center 101) and check out our Fedco seed rack of 55 different types of organic vegetable and some flower seeds for sale. Fedco is based in Maine and specializes in organic seeds that are well-adapted to the sometimes challenging growing climates in the Northeast. View their website www.fedcoseeds.com for more information and to place your own larger seed order. However, the FedCo seeds are of very high demand, so the rack is the easiest place to get them!  Also view the full list of seeds available in the rack here with Fedco Seed Sale Info Packet , with full descriptions and photos. Each packet is only $3, and all proceeds are donated to ADK Action Fair Food Pricing Program.

ADK Action is a local non-profit dedicated to many projects to help the Adirondacks, including the Fair Food Pricing program. With this, ADK Action works to lower the price of local small-scale family farm products that are much more sustainable, ethical, but often more expensive than the products from superstores and chain grocery markets.

Making local food more affordable for many Adirondack families.This helps not only those families, but also supports regional farmers and the local economy. The ADK Action website if you’d like to know more or to further contribute to this group that is dedicated to positive change within the Blue Line.  

Stop by room 101 in the Student Center for some organic Fedco seeds, fill your garden and table with this sustainable fundraiser, and benefit the community! 

February Programs with The Center for Sustainability! Come Join US!

Field Trip to North Country Creamery, Snowy Grocery 


What: Trip to Sugar House Creamery Farm; Snowy Grocery Winter Farmers Market with the Smitty Sustainability Committee

When: February 14th, 2021  10 am to 1pm

Where: 10 am- Meet outside of the Post Office on campus

Why: Winter Farmers Market, Eat cheese! Visit Cows! check out this local farm and their covid safe winter farmers market. Feel free to order food from local farms ahead of time for pick up at Sugar House Creamery, see below for link to order form.  https://www.sugarhousecreamery.com/snowygrocery 

Limited Seating! *Sign up sheet is outside of the Center for Sustainability, Student Center 101 (office near the pool tables)



North Country Food Justice Summit, Two Day Virtual Conference 


What: North Country Food Justice Summit, Virtual Conference

When: February 24th and 25th (2 Day Virtual Conference, 9am to 4:30pm)

Where: Virtual Conference, check out https://www.craigardan.org/events/summit2021

Why: PSC Center for Sustainability will sponsor students wishing to attend the conference. Please contact Sustainability Coordinator/Faculty Member Kate Glenn kglenn@paulsmiths.edu to reserve your spot.

“Craigardan was a founding partner of the North Country Food Justice Working Group (FJWG) which was formed in 2017 with Racey Henderson of Essex Farm Institute, Zohar Gitlis of Adirondack Farm-2-School Initiative, and Tatiana Abatemarco of the University of Vermont.

The FJWG was a coalition of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, community members, local businesses, farmers and farm workers, and government agencies who came together to start the conversation about creating a more equitable food system in the North Country.

We wished to address our region’s unique issues of accessibility, inclusivity, nutrition, and justice from field to fork. We continue to accomplish this through creative partnerships, ongoing dialogue, and targeted programs, projects, and events such as the annual FEED BACK summit.

How do we create a fair food system? How do we build an equitable future for the North Country? And how do we move our region toward stronger and more accessible, inclusive, nutritious, and just systems for everyone?

These questions frame our annual summit and bring together community leaders, business owners, farmers, consumers, healthcare professionals, educators, students, and more to discuss advocacy, politics, programs, and grassroots organizing. Our goal is to bring creative, scholarly, and frontline perspectives together into dynamic conversation.”

Local Food All Winter Long- COVID Safe, Winter Farmers Market

By Ariah Mitchell, Outreach and Education Assistant, PSC Center for Sustainability.

Eating local food, tastes good, and is generally better for the local economy and the environment. Grocery stores are filled with products from all over the country and the world, which does no favors for the environment in terms of emissions from mass production and transport. It is beneficial to take advantage of the local farmer’s markets when possible, both to support your local economy but also to help reduce your carbon footprint. However, as warm weather turns to snow and ice in the north, having traditional farmers markets outdoors becomes problematic for vendors and those attending, particularly in below freezing temperatures. However, two local farmer’s markets step up to the challenge with an ingenious plan for keeping these valuable markets open despite the unfavorable temperatures and COVID-19 complications.

The Saranac Lake Farmer’s Market has made a transition to the Farmer’s Park-It. Instead of being held in the main square in Saranac Lake during the summer and moving to the Hotel Saranac in the winter, online ordering is available ahead of time, and orders are picked up Saturdays between 10 am and 12 pm on Academy Street behind Hotel Saranac. The grocery pickup is touch-free, and your favorite market vendors will be delivered directly to your car curbside. Order ahead today at the following link and get healthy and local foods and products in a safe and efficient manner. See below for link it order Saranac Lake “Farmers Park It” Order Form. Open for orders from Monday night to Thursday evening.


Another farmer’s market stocked with fresh, locally made foods during the winter is Sugar House Creamery’s Snowy Grocery. Another pre-order and pick up style service, the Snowy Grocery is the perfect way to get access to delicious raw and value-added local products that are all derived from local sources. The Snowy Grocery is open on Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm for pickup at Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay. Order ahead at the following link by 6 pm on Thursday at the latest for a speedy Sunday pickup! https://www.sugarhousecreamery.com/snowygrocery

Support local and support the environment by shopping at these excellent winter farmer’s markets in the Adirondack area!

Paul Smith’s College now 100% powered by Local Hydroelectricity through Northern Power & Light, Inc.

Paul Smith’s College has announced that 100% of its electricity accounts are now served by local hydroelectric power stations through Northern Power & Light, Inc (NP&L), transitioning more than 40% of the College’s totally energy needs to local renewable sources.

Saranac Lake-based NP&L connects local energy producers with local customers. The company began supplying Paul Smith’s in March, when the College subscribed to electricity from the Azure Mountain Power facility in St. Regis Falls. This latest announcement adds electricity from the Sissonville hydro station on the Raquette River in Potsdam to meet the rest of the College’s electric needs.

“We are thrilled to expand our service to Paul Smith’s” said NP&L founder Emmett Smith. “The College was an early subscriber to our first project, Azure Mountain Power, and that was a big help to us getting started. But we did not have enough power available to serve the whole campus until we brought Sissonville online.”

The 3.1 MW Sissonville hydro station is located at the former site of Raquette River Paper in Potsdam, NY. NP&L manages energy from the project in partnership with owner-operator Boralex Hydro Operations, based in Glens Falls.

“Paul Smith’s College is committed to supporting local clean energy while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.” said Paul Smith’s College Sustainability Coordinator Kate Glenn.  “Supporting local businesses and preserving existing renewable energy sources in the region, like the historic Sissonville Hydro station, will help build a more resilient electric grid and local economy. Rural areas face unique economic struggles, and renewable energy generation is one of the ways we can continue to develop our region’s economy sustainably.”

Under Glenn’s leadership, Paul Smith’s has increased its commitment to local renewable energy in recent years. By committing to purchase hydropower for all its electricity, 40 percent of the college’s total energy needs are now supplied by renewable, carbon-neutral sources. The college installed one of the North Country’s first district wood pellet boilers in 2017, and installed 10 electric vehicle charging stations on the main campus and the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in 2020.

This recent announcement places Paul Smith’s in the vanguard of a regional trend in higher education toward switching to renewable power sources, particularly hydro. Clarkson University announced in fall 2019 that it would purchase all of its electricity from Brookfield Renewable, New York’s largest independent hydro company, which owns over a dozen facilities on the Raquette River. And the State University of New York recently issued a request for proposals for renewable service to all SUNY campuses starting in 2021.

A Legacy of Clean Energy at Paul Smith’s

Paul Smith’s College previously owned and operated the area’s electric utility, Paul Smith’s Electric Light & Power & Railroad Company. The company operated hydroelectric facilities at Keese’s Mills, Union Falls, Franklin Falls, and Lake Flower, and served customers in several northern Adirondack towns before merging with Niagara Mohawk—now National Grid—in 1966.

“The Paul Smith’s College commitment to sustainable local hydroelectric power originated with our namesake, Paul Smith himself ,who established his first hydroelectric plant right here on our campus,” said Jon C. Strauss, Paul Smith’s interim president. “Community distributed generation has made it possible. We’re delighted to continue that tradition by committing to purchase 100 percent of our electric power from locally sourced hydroelectric facilities.”

Power Available to Local Customers

NP&L enables small producers to connect with local consumers through a platform called community distributed generation (CDG). Under this model, customers subscribe to a portion of the output from a local facility, and pay the provider for power as it is used. Other companies relying on CDG in the North Country include Saranac Lake Community Solar. NP&L is currently seeking new customers for projects in the North Country, and service is available to any customer who pays a National Grid electric bill. Residents and businesses can sign up or find out more at www.npandl.com.

“Ecological stewardship is central to everything we do at Paul Smith’s,” said Glenn. “The challenge of renewable energy requires us to localize our energy grid and look at the resources available nearby—resources that fit with the climate and ecology of our region. When we buy local, we also do our part for the region economically.”

About Paul Smith’s College
At Paul Smith’s College, it’s about the experience. We are the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Our programs – in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, sustainability, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences – draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. Check out our newly launched Natural Resources Graduate Program. For more information, visit www.paulsmiths.edu.

Katharine Glenn, Sustainability Coordinator, Faculty, Department of Environment and Society, Paul Smith’s College Center for Sustainability. 518.327.6054, kglenn@paulsmiths.edu www.paulsmiths.edu/sustainability

Emmett Smith, Founder, Northern Power & Light, Inc. (518) 293-4075, emmett@npandl.com  www.npandl.com