Sustainability at USF


Welcome to the USF Sustainability website. Here you will find several resources that outline USF’s commitment to maintaining and fostering a green campus, tips for living a sustainable lifestyle, and the resources that are available here on campus.


Sustainability Statement

As an expression of our Catholic Franciscan Identity, the University of St. Francis community demonstrates respect for all creation by being responsible and ethical stewards of God’s resources, meeting current needs without sacrificing the survival, health and success of future generations and by advocating on behalf of the underserved in our world. Affirming our commitment to ensure all of God’s creation is used and sustained in manners that safeguard the health and survival of God’s gifts, the University will:

  1. Ensure graduates will have a mindset of sustainability by incorporating environment, ethical, social and economic impacts in the University-wide education programs and experiential learning opportunities Greening, a philosophy rooted in Catholic Franciscanism, is a philosophy for life. The ultimate goal of Greening of the Campus is to cultivate among students, faculty, and staff a humble recognition that God made humanity the steward of creation, with personal responsibility for the care and survival of all. Such an understanding of the environment necessitates lifelong respect and care that may be carried on with individuals as they move into other communities.
  2. Model sustainability in all aspects of institutional functions, including planning, operations, purchasing, and maintenance and will both collaborate with as well as contribute leadership and expertise to local and regional community environmental efforts.
  3. Establish a system to monitor and assess practices to reduce the consumption of materials and energy as well as the emission of pollutants without adversely impacting the quality of education, scholarly work, and services provided.


USF is Committed

USF recently became a member of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). It is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. To further its mission of empowering higher education to lead the sustainability transformation, AASHE provides resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model sustainability in all areas, from governance and operations to education and research.

In the pursuit of sustainable development, the university is also committed to adapting and reusing buildings. Bypassing the sometimes wasteful process of demolition and reconstruction alone makes adaptive reuse an attractive option for the future. Click here to read about the work the university has done to repurpose buildings on campus.


Take the Campus Pledge

The USF Sustainability Committee has developed a pledge that students can take to help hold them accountable for their promise to keep USF green. Click HERE to take the pledge today!



The University of St. Francis strives to offer fields of study that are relevant to today’s career demands. Minors in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies currently exist at USF, which introduce students to the interdisciplinary understanding of the scientific, technological, management, policy, legal, cultural, and ethical dimensions of environmental issues in areas beyond their chosen disciplines. Additionally, the programs seek to enhance students’ ability to view the world with a Franciscan reverence for all creation.


Student Events

We encourage the USF community to make all events as sustainable as possible. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the Student Government Association (SGA) passed legislation requiring every club to host at least one green event per year. In order for the event to be counted as a “green event” a handful of requirements from a list of possibilities must be met. These requirements include publicizing the event digitally and via word of mouth rather than by fliers, utilizing reusable water bottles instead of single-use bottles, or holding the event in an area with low energy expenditure (such as outdoors or only using some of the lights in a room). The 2018-2019 green event application for students can be found here.


Sustainability Committee

Bob Barwa, College of Education
Clarissa Barkley, Enactus Member
Bill Bromer, College of Arts and Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences
Caleb Campbell, VP of Sustainability for SGA
Jessica Conte, Marketing Project Manager
Joseph Ferrallo, College of Business & Health Administration
Andrew Finein, Graduate Assistant
Don Fisher, Construction and Grounds
Janine Hicks, Sustainability Coordinator
Myra Limon, Council for Environmental Awareness Club
Denise Milewski, Council for Environmental Awareness Club President
Bob Murnick, Maintenance
Lynnann Murphy, Leach College of Nursing
Anna Perry, Operations Project Coordinator
Jim Phillip, Sodexo
Jodi Schager, Finance
Gina Stevens, Information Technology, Beekeeper
Gino Vaccarella, Graduate Admissions Counselor
Ruth Weldon, College of Arts & Sciences
Samantha Whiteaker, Leach College of Nursing
Michelle Zurawik, Student