Kathryn Vellone

2016-2017: A Year in Review

Wow, what a busy but very successful year for us! We know many of you are busy preparing for finals, but we would like to take a quick moment are share some of our major accomplishments with you:

  • Funded over $50,000 worth of Campus Sustainability Fund projects
  • Supported SAM Fest & our local March for Science
  • Represented PSC during the Wild Center’s Youth Climate Summit 
  • Led a trip for students to visit the Biodome & Biosphere in Montreal
  • Held our annual Spring Residence Hall Energy Competition from April 1st to April 22nd
  • Established a new Waste Reduction Team and hired four students for the position
  • Formed the Eco-Leaders– This group served as our official CSF voting committee, and contributed lots of excellent ideas for greater sustainability all around campus!
  • Expanded our marketing and community engagement efforts through our website, monthly newsletters, and Facebook page
  • Adopted AASHE’s STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) as a framework for future climate action planning at our institution

We are happy for all of the great things we have completed, and are excited to see the rest of them through into the near future. Stay tuned for more awesome opportunities and events we’re offering next year! And as always, feel free to email us at campussustainability@paulsmiths.edu with any questions or ideas you may have!

New Farm-to-Table Assistant!

This semester, we have hired a new Farm to Table Assistant for our staff. We welcome Andrew Cassata, who will be supporting us with our local food initiatives on campus and in our community.

Andrew is from Hilton, NY, and is currently a freshman in the Sustainable Communities and Working Landscapes B.S. program. In 2012, Andrew started his own organic produce business, called Twin Hill Farms LLC. After graduating from Paul Smith’s with his degree, Andrew plans to continue working with his farm. When he’s not busy with school, the farm, or working in our office, Andrew enjoys hiking and skiing on the VIC trails.

Welcome Andrew- We’re very excited to have you on the team!

New Waste Reduction Team!

Recently, the Center for Campus Sustainability has hired four students as part of a new Waste Reduction Team: Zoe Plant, Grace Seltzer, Thomas Szabo, and Julie Hogan. As part of their duties, they will be assessing our current recycling and food waste systems, while developing and implementing a plan to collect and sort recycling and food waste for proper disposal. We look forward to improving our recycling and waste management efforts here at Paul Smith’s College with all of their great help!