The Office of Sustainability program known as the Freestore has been revamped this semester. The program provides students with the ability to get a range of clothing, shoes, and other small items for free, because its items come solely from the donations of faculty and students. One of the Freestore’s Read More
In light of College and State of Maryland budget crises this year, the recently terminated Sustainability Fellow position is not scheduled to be reinstated next year despite considerable campus support. Begun in 2008 as a one-year fellowship program, the Sustainability Fellow position was designed as the only full-time sustainability office Read More
At a school like St. Mary’s, sustainability is a concept that is emphasized in every sense of the word, from the green buildings to the recycling and composting bins put in place around campus. In many cases, science (e.g., physics or engineering) is combined with art to create something that Read More
St. Mary’s touts itself as a green school, and yet some alumni were still wondering why the College has not shown up in any prestigious green school rankings, such as The Princeton Review, Sierra Club’s Cool Schools, or the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
The Sustainability Fellow position, formerly held by Lisa Neu ’10, has been split into three student internships to be held by two upperclassmen and one first-year student for the academic year.
The decision was announced last semester, when less funding was available for the position due to the recent increase in required staffing positions for the College.
Sustainability is something that is very important to everyone on St. Mary’s campus but, sadly, our efforts in Maryland pale in comparison to the efforts made to conserve environmental resources here in Ireland.
“Farmers should be respected just like doctors and lawyers,” said Meredith Epstein, ‘08, at a presentation she gave with fellow alum Guy Kilpatric, ‘09, on the successes both have found as part of a growing movement of young farmers in the United States.