Green Team

The mission of the William Paterson University Sustainability Committee is to engage students, faculty, and staff in the assessment and refinement of University operations and programs to reflect best practices in sustainability, energy conservation, green design, waste reduction, and the use of renewable technologies. As part of the University’s strategic commitment to the environment in the pursuit of carbon reduction goals, the Committee promotes environmental and social benefits through formal recommendations, campus activities, and dialogue with academic programs. The Committee advises the President and senior administration in guiding the University towards its commitment to become a fully green institution.

Initiatives for 2021:

  • Institutionalize annual greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting as required by our Climate Leadership Network carbon commitment.
  • Increase recycling participation on campus—currently just under 20% on campus and approximately 12% in the residence halls—towards an aspirational goal of 40% solid waste recycling.
  • Improve and expand communication related to University sustainability efforts.
  • Coordinate and promote the annual Green A-Fair

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  • Kevin Garvey, Associate Vice President for Administration, co-Chair 
  • Karl Pettit, Project Manager, Capital Planning, Design, & Construction 
  • Brian Fanning, Director, Information Technology/User Services 
  • Dr. Nicole Davi, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science
  • Matthew Finn, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Department of Art
  • Donna Minnich-Spuhler, Director, Campus Activities, Service & Leadership
  • Tom Nemeth, Digital Collections Manager, Instruction & Resource Technology
  • Jim Shelley, Director, Physical Plant Operations and Custodial Services

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