Campus Sustainability

绿色行动 & Eco-Friendly Practices

Sustainability is a long-term responsibility to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. 的 environment has a limit 和 it must be respected 和 embraced. 在圣. 约翰的, our Sustainability Coordinators work together to promote a more sustainable campus.


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St. 约翰的 is on the path with a roadmap to achieve 50 percent carbon emissions reduction from energy consumed by buildings by year 2030. Within the new NYC Climate Mobilization Act of 2019 t在这里 are tiered emissions compliance targets for 2024 和 2030. Being below the emissions limits for 2024, St. 约翰的 is developing plans to meet its 2030 emissions limit 和 includes renewable energy sources such as geothermal 和 solar power.

St. 约翰的 能源 Master Plan 2017 can be viewed 在这里.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System™ (星星)


星星, developed by the Association for the 进步 of Sustainability in Higher Education, 是透明的, self-reporting framework for colleges 和 universities to measure their sustainability performance. 星星 ratings last three years. 作为一个 Charter Participant in 星星, St. 约翰的 achieved a Silver rating in 2011 和 upgraded to a Gold rating in 2012 和 2016.

Categories of the 星星 2.0技术手册

  • 课程
  • 研究
  • 空气与气候
  • 建筑
  • 餐饮服务
  • 能源
  • 理由
  • 采购
  • 运输
  • 浪费
  • 校园订婚
  • 公众参与
Planning 和 政府
  • Coordination, Planning, 和 Governance
  • Diversity 和 Affordability
  • 健康, Wellbeing, 和 Work
  • 投资
  • 创新


的 Office of Sustainability partners with Residence Life to engage students in their dorms to live more sustainably through recycling enhancements 和 energy conservation. 事件 include an 能源 Reduction Tournament “Conserve to Serve,” Move-out Food 和 Clothing Collection, 地球周, Train the Trainer program with Resident Assistants, Campus Sustainability Day, Battle of 建筑 for Spirit, RecycleMania, Campaigns for Awareness 和 Involvement, 和 Green-H和ed Raffles.

Municipal Solid 浪费 & 回收


St. 约翰的 participates in RecycleMania, 春季学期, 八周, nationwide tournament involving more than 400 schools. 的 University reached a diversion rate of 50 percent for RecycleMania 2017 和 achieved the RecycleMania’s national title in the Food 浪费 Reduction category for the 校园订婚 Case Study Competition.  

在圣. 约翰的, recycling 和 food waste reduction efforts are ongoing, 和 include implementation of single stream recycling, enhancements to hardware (bins 和 signage), 员工再培训, 和 food waste recovery. Help change a culture of waste by making recycling 和 waste reduction a top priority.

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Student Sustainability Coordinators

自2008年起,. 约翰的 has maintained a team of student workers as Sustainability Coordinators. 的se students perform a variety of tasks, from policing campus-wide recycling of municipal solid waste to running campaigns for student involvement in energy conservation. 的se workers perform daily collection of food waste to generate on-site composting, as well as maintain the organic garden 和 run numerous special events. 

EPA’s 食品经济复苏 Challenge (FRC) Program

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St. 约翰的 is a charter participant in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s FRC program, which has three primary actions: food waste prevention; food recovery for donation; 和 food waste composting.  


Food 浪费 Compost System

每年,圣. 约翰的 composts on-site over 100 tons of food waste (95% of all campus food waste). 的 Office of Sustainability with student workers built 和 operate an aerated static pile (ASP) three-bin composting system.  Source separation is done by Chartwells Dining Service, 然后, 食物垃圾(1),000 pounds per day) is processed through a pulper machine. 每个星期, the pulped food waste is mixed with wood chips 和 loaded into one of three ASP composting bins. After three weeks in the ASP followed by 12 weeks in winnow, the compost can 然后 screened/finished 和 applied to the campus grounds.

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St. 约翰的 is a registered Chapter in 食品经济复苏 Network 和 with the help of Chartwells Dining Service, annually recovers over 6,000 pounds of good prepared food for donation to help alleviate hunger.  

美国树校园 Program

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St. 约翰的收到 美国树校园 participation awards for the past s seven years by meeting the program criteria of tree care committee; tree care plan; finding the tree care program; incorporation of Academic Service-Learning (ASL); 和 Annual Arbor Day observance / event. 的 Queens campus has over 3,000棵树, 500 of which came from the NYC Million Trees project (2008–11). With faculty over site, in 2013 students planted a northeast native species campus arboretum around the softball field. 每年, the University's Campus Tree Mapping Project grows with the help of students guided by dedicated faculty member Paula Lazrus. Currently t在这里 are more than 1,000棵树 mapped. You can view the progress of the University's Tree Mapping Project at

Student Community Garden

的 student community garden is an organic vegetable garden built 和 maintained by student workers 和 the 学生地球俱乐部. 的 garden consists of more than 50 semi-raised planting beds with organic soils, automatic irrigation, 和 central drainage system. Students harvest 和 deliver the vegetables to help support St. 约翰的面包 & 生活汤厨 在纽约布鲁克林. Over 1,000 pounds of vegetables are harvested annually.

On-Site Food 浪费 Compost System

St. 约翰的 began composting food waste in 2009. In 2011, through the Office of Sustainability, student workers built a large-scale aerated static pile (ASP) three-bin composting facility. Each day during academic semesters, student workers pick up about 1,000 pounds of preconsumer 和 postconsumer food waste from five campus kitchens 和 process it through a pulper machine. 每个星期, the pulped food waste is mixed with wood chips 和 loaded into one of three ASP (6-cubic yard) bins. After three weeks in the ASP followed by 10 weeks in winnow, the compost is 然后 screened/finished 和 applied to the campus grounds. 每年,圣. 约翰的 recovers about 42 tons of food waste 和 paper napkins for composting 和 mixes it with 12 tons of wood chips. 

Compost Tea Brewing 和 Application

Compost made on-site is also used in compost tea brewing. After brewing the tea, organic solutions 和 minerals are added 和 the tea is applied /sprayed to the soils in campus tree 和 shrub beds. 的 University conducts compost tea brewing workshops in the spring 和 fall. 的se workshops presents a cocurricular opportunity for students 和 faculty to learn about composting, 土壤生物学, 和 the soil food web.   

外展 & 市场营销

的 University engages 和 strives to partner with numerous organizations. Some of these are; NYC Carbon Challenge; NYS Association of Reduce, Reuse 和 Recycle; EPA; 的 Arbor Day Foundation; Association For the 进步 of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); Con Edison 和; NYSDEC. 校园, 的 Sustainability Office  most often communicates with Residence Life, 学生地球俱乐部, Learning Communities, Academic Service Learning, 学生健康, 校园部, 及人力资源.

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For more information on sustainability initiatives on campus, send us an 电子邮件 or call the Sustainability Department at 718-990-5054.

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