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.


Take the 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.


Sustainability Committee

Bob Barwa, College of Education
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, Accreditation and Compliance, Sustainability Manager
Myra Limon, Council for Environmental Awareness Club
Johnathon Marquardt, Council for Environmental Awareness Club President
Denise Milewski, Council for Environmental Awareness Club
Bob Murnick, Maintenance
Lynnann Murphy, Leach College of Nursing
Anna Perry, Operations Project Coordinator
Jim Phillips, 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