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Sustainability Across SJU Workshop

2014 Sustainability Across SJU Workshop

The presentations and tours are open to all SJU faculty, staff, administrators and students. Please feel free to join us for part or all of the workshop. All presentations will be in the North Lounge, Campion Student Center. 

9:00 - 9:05  Welcome by Fr. Gillespie

9:05 - 10:00  Bill Godfrey, President, Environic Foundation International 

The Human Predicament and Sustainable Societies 

10:00 - 10:30   John Braverman, S. J., Assistant Professor of Biology 

Sustainability from a Jesuit and Ignatian Perspective

10:30 - 10:40 Coffee break

10:45 - 11:15 Springs Steele, Vice President for Mission

  Sustainability and the SJU Mission

11:15 - 11:45  Keith Brown, Assistant Professor of Sociology

  Fair Trade: Integrating research, teaching, and service

11:45 - 12:30 Lunch for presenters and participants

12:30 - 1:30 Karen Snetselaar, Professor and Chair of Biology

  Kevin Kane, Director of Facilities Management

  Tour of SJU Campus from a Sustainability Perspective

1:30 - 2:00 Claire Simmers, Professor and Chair of Management

Leading for Sustainability

2:00 - 2:30 Allen Kerkeslager, Associate Professor of Theology
 & Religious Studies 
The Genesee River Wilds Project: Building eco-tourism and
recreation infrastructure as a strategy for Great Lakes watershed
conservation and economic revitalization in rural Appalachia 

2:30 - 2:40 Coffee break

2:45 - 3:15 Clint Springer, Assistant Professor of Biology

  The Science of Climate Change: Resources for Educators

3:15 - 3:30 Jonathan Fingerut, Associate Professor of Biology,
Director, Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies

Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies' role in
Sustainability at SJU 

3:30 - 3:45 Mike McCann and Springs Steele

  Closing Remarks 


The Sustainability Across SJU Workshop will foster educational and other efforts that use the curriculum, the campus and other resources, to develop, foster and advance, an understanding of and a commitment to, the broadly-defined concept of sustainability (embracing the three pillars of sustainability, namely the environmental, societal and economic dimensions and their interactions), as informed by Catholic social teaching and the Jesuit tradition.

A. The workshop will bring together SJU faculty, staff, administrators, members of the Jesuit Community, and others with an interest in sustainability, to:

  1. explore and develop ways to enhance the treatment of sustainability issues in all areas of the curriculum, and across all levels of the three colleges and schools of SJU.
  2. identify and pursue ways to use the SJU campus, its business practices, and other resources, as instructional tools regarding sustainable practices and policies, in the education of the SJU community, as well as in the local and regional communities.

B. The sponsors of the workshop, the Institute for Environmental Stewardship at SJU, and the SJU Office of Mission, will:
  1. provide resources to support the faculty, staff and administrators pursuing activities in Goal A.
  2. serve as a clearing-house for information related to these and other efforts at SJU.
  3. create and support a structure to ensure that these efforts are recorded, recognized and continued. 

*As the Institute for Environmental Stewardship is undergoing review by university governance and, as such, does not formally "exist" the SJU Sustainability Committee with serve in lieu of the IES for this workshop until such time as the IES becomes an approved Institute at Saint Joseph's. 

Workshop Structure and Procedures

Any SJU faculty, staff or administrator will be eligible to apply to participate in the workshop.  The application will involve a short (no more than one page) description of the proposed project (new course development, modification of an existing course, an educational project outside of a course, etc.).  Proposals must be for projects that would be on-going or that would produce something that would be useful for the foreseeable future. Proposals to develop one-time events, or to develop activities or programs that would require on-going financial support will not be supported. A letter of support from your department chair or supervisor is also required for the application.

Applications will be reviewed by the VP for Mission and the Director of the Institute for Environmental Stewardship. Proposed projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. The sustainability issue or issues being addressed.  Applications for projects that address multiple issues and those that extend across two or all three spheres of sustainability will be given higher priority, as will those that address issues explicitly in the context of Catholic and Jesuit teaching and heritage. 
  2. The breadth of the impact of the project on the SJU and local/regional community. 
  3. The sustainability of the proposed project itself in terms of its on-going delivery.
  4. The overall quality of the proposal, any unique issues the project may address, and the qualifications of the individual(s) submitting the application in relation to the proposed project.

Participants in workshop will be required to do the following:

  1. Attend and participate in the May one-day workshop during which sustainability topics, the relationship of sustainability to Catholic and Jesuit Mission, and other information will be provided.
  2. Attend a follow-up half day meeting in late June/early July to discuss the progress on their proposed project and present accomplishments to date (i.e. modified course syllabi, web or other instructional instruments, etc).
  3. Present an overview of their experiences to the participants in the workshop the following May.

Participants will receive a total of $800 in support over the course of the year-long cycle of the workshop.  The support is available as follows:

  1. $600 after the completion of the May workshop as a "participant." The $600 can be used in two ways.  First, up to $200 of the money may be taken as a stipend.  The balance of the money (up to the full $600 for those electing not to take a stipend) may be used to support direct expenses related to the project.  This can be for purchase of supplies, books, etc.  Other expenses will be considered at the discretion of the VP for Mission and the director of the IES.
  2. The remaining $200 will be released as a stipend after the participants present at the May workshop the following year. The participants may elect to use some or all of this $200 towards direct-expenses related to their project.  These expenses would be covered in the following fiscal year (after June 1 of that year).

Participants will be required to provide a summary of the outcome of their project, along with specific information on things that were developed/modified, by the May workshop in the second year.  This information will be made publicly available to the SJU Community via the IES web site. 

Participants will not be eligible to reapply for a subsequent workshop for three years, after which time they are free to do so.

Workshop Structure:

Meeting 1:

A one-day meeting on May 21st, 2014.  During this meeting, there will be presentations highlighting 1) the "triple bottom line" of sustainability (environmental, societal and economic) and the relationship of Catholic social teaching and the Jesuit heritage to these issues, 2) sustainability policies and practices in place at SJU, 3) sustainability resources available at SJU and from outside sources, 4) courses and other educational efforts integrating sustainability issues, from the Environmental, Economic and Social perspectives, as well as from perspectives that emerge at the interfaces of these areas. The workshop will be organized and directed by the SJU VP for Mission and the Director of the IES.

Meeting 2:

A half-day follow up meeting in late June/early July (date TBD) involving the participants, the VP for Mission and the Director of the IES, to discuss progress on the projects.

Meeting 3:

There will be several informal lunches held during the course of the following academic year.  Participants, presenters and others relevant to issues of sustainability will be invited to attend to discuss on-going work on the projects and other efforts. Attendance at these lunches is NOT required to receive the final stipend.

Meeting 4:

Participants from the previous May will be required to present a 30 - 45 minute description of their project and their experiences in the workshop to the new participants for that year. 

Applications will be due March 7th, 2014. Applications and letters of support should be submitted via email to the IES director at