Sustanability Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events


Ongoing from February 2nd - April 8th
All campus recycling stations

Be part of the fun as SJU competes with hundreds of other colleges and universities throughout the US in the annual Recyclmania competition. 

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.  With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.

Please contact Mary Feeney for more information.

The New Climate Reality
Thursday, April 3rd
6 - 7 pm, Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville Hall

A talk by Dr. Diane Phillips, which takes a spin on Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth". Please Join us for this great event to kick off earth month. Refreshments will be served. Contact Mr. Dylan Skwira at for more information. Sponsored by the SJU Student Greenfund, the Honors Program and the SJU Chapter of Net Impact

The Philadelphia Eagles and Their Sustainable Business Practices
Tuesday, April 8th
11 am - 12:15 pm
Forum Theater, Campion Student Center

Leonard Bonacci from the Philadelphia Eagles will be coming to SJU to speak about the Eagles Organization, as well as their sustainable
business practices. Come out and learn more about your favorite team. Light Lunch will be served. Contact Mr. Dylan Skwira at for more information.  Sponsored by the SJU Student Green Fund, the SJU Net Impact chapter and the SJU Honors Program.

LEED Certification is Great, R World Energy Goes Beyond
Wednesday, April 9th
6 - 7:30 pm
Wolfington Teletorium

R World Energy Solutions is a comprehensive full service sales and engineering firm providing sustainability, energy conservation, water management, and distributed/renewable "clean" energy solutions. Contact Ms. Vivian Castille at for more information. Sponsored by the Arrupe Center and the SJU Net Impact Chapter

Annual Phi Beta Kapp Lecture and Visiting Scholar - The Planet Within: Caves from Earth, Mars and Beyond
Dr. Penelope Boston, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
Thursday, April 10th 
11 am - 12:15 pm, President's Lounge, Campion Student Center

Penelope Boston is professor of earth & environmental sciences and director of Cave and Karst Studies at New Mexico Tech, as well as associate director (academics) of the National Cave & Karst Research Institute.  Her research focus includes geomicrobiology and astrobiology in extreme environments (caves, mines, deserts, high latitudes and altitudes); human life support in space and planetary environments; and robotics for exploration and science in extreme Earth and extraterrestrial environments.
Author of over 160 technical and popular publications and editor of four volumes, she is writing a popular book and an academic work on the astrobiology of the subsurface environment.  She is a fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, now a member of its External Advisory Council, and serves on the NASA Planetary Protection Subcommittee.  She received the 2010 Lifetime Science Achievement Award from the National Speleological Society, and was named a Caving Legend (2012) by the BLM Fort Stanton Cave Project.
Dr. Boston will be giving a public lecture and will also be available classroom visits, meetings with students, faculty and staff, and other events. Please contact Brian Forster for more information.

Sustainable Business Practices Panel
Thursday, April 10th
11 am - 12:15 pm, Wolfington Teletorium

Sponsored by the SJU Student Greenfund. Contact Ms. Dylan Skwira at for more information.

Merion Botanical Park Cleanup
Saturday, April 13th
1:00 - 3:00 pm, Merion Botanical Park
Join Dr. Melissa Goldthwaite and students from her Environmental/Nature Writing Class as they join local community members to help clean up the Merion Botanical Park, located at 100 Merion Road, Merion Station.  Please contact Dr. Goldthwaite at for more information and to register.


Environmental Stewardship Panel
Tuesday, April 15th
11 am - 12:15 pm, Wolfington Teletorium

Sponsored by the SJU Student Greenfund. Contact Ms. Dylan Skwira at for more information.


Earth Day Shred Event
Tuesday, Aprill 22nd
11 am - 12 noon, Cardinal Avenue

ProShred, the contractor providing document shredding services to SJU, will have a shredding truck on site for four hours.  Bring your sensitive papers from your office or home and they will shred them for you right at the truck. Contact Mary Feeney, chair of the SJU Recycling Committee, for more information. 

Weigh the Waste: Food Waste Measurements
Tuesday, April 22nd
4 pm - 8 pm
Campion Dining Hall

The SJU Green Fund and Net Impact will be running Weigh the Waste to show students, faculty, and staff just how much edible food is wasted by people eating in the cafeteria here on campus each day.  Sponsored by the SJU Student Greenfund. Contact Ms. Dylan Skwira at for more information.

Dumpster Dive - What Is In Our Trash Stream That Shouldn't Be?
Thursday, April 24th
11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Sourin Parking Lot

  Join the SJU Recycling Team as we sort through some of the trash collected from a dorm and from an academic building and identify the items that should have been in the recycling stream.  Gloves will be provided!!!  Contact Mary Feeney, chair of the SJU Recycling Committee, for more information. 

Bovine Pastoral Culture: how cattle, microbes, pasture plants and humans coevolved: we were late to the party, but we can be the life of the party!
The first annual Animal Studies Lecture by Jonathan White, owner of Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse
Rescheduled - Thursday, April 24th
11:00 am, North Banquet Hall, Campion Student Center

  Somewhere between five and fifteen millennia ago, humans formed a partnership with ruminants, which resulted in a massive expansion of the range and population of both species. Jonathan White, a noted cheese maker and pastoral farmer, will explain how this symbiosis evolved, how we betrayed our coevolutionists in the horrors of "modern" agriculture, and how he is renewing the bond with his herd of100% grass fed Bobolink Graizers, in, of all places, New Jersey. Sponsored by the Animal Studies Program, the Institute for Environmental Stewardship and the SJU Committee on Sustainability. Contact Matt Anderson, director of the Animal Stuides minor, for more information.

2014 Earth Day Seminar by Dr. Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment, Associate Professor of History and English, University of Delaware
Thursday, April 24th
4:00 PM, Doyle Banquet Hall South, Campion Student Center

Adam Rome is an environmental historian of the United States.  His first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner award.  His second book, The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, came out in 2013.  He also has written about environmental reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era – the period when Americans first tried to stop pollution, conserve natural resources, and preserve wild places and wild creatures.  From 2002 through 2005, he editedEnvironmental History, the leading journal in the field.  He also is a member of the English department, where he teaches courses on environmental non-fiction, and he is co-director of the College of Arts and Sciences environmental-humanities initiative.  He earned his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Conact Jeff Hyson for more information.

Screening of the Documentary Growing Cities
Thursday, April  24th
6 pm - 7 pm
Forum Theater, Campion Student Center

  The SJU Community Garden plans to host a screening and a brief discussion of the documentary film Growing Cities (  This film examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.  The goal of hosting this screening is to increase the awareness of the role of urban gardening in creating sustainable communities and in fostering a sense of stewardship for the earth.  This goal furthers the educational mission of the SJU Community Garden.  The target audience will primarily be the SJU campus community, however this event will also be open to members of the greater community. Contact Caitlin Fritz, director of the SJU community garden program, at for more information. Sponsored by the SJU Community Garden Program.