A Message from President Dennis J. Murray
I am pleased to present this comprehensive report on Marist College's efforts to make our campus cleaner and more environmentally friendly. Marist has been a longtime leader in preserving and protecting the Hudson River Valley, and we are very proud of our commitment to sustainability. This report outlines the College's significant environmental accomplishments over the past years and provides ideas for additional actions that can be taken to protect our planet. I urge you to pay particular attention to the section on what you as individuals can do to make a positive impact.
It is important for all organizations to be concerned about our environment, but colleges and universities must take the lead in educating people about the issues related to sustainability, as well as setting an example of environmental stewardship. We must also ensure that we address issues based on good research and sound science. Marist is justifiably proud of its record, and I thank you for your support as we continue our efforts to find sustainable solutions to today's environmental challenges.
To ensure that Marist is doing everything that it can reasonably do, in 2007 I established the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC). One of CSAC's first tasks was to review the environmental work that Marist had previously completed and to suggest items that should be on our agenda going forward, both at the institutional and individual levels. The following is a summary of our major initiatives.
Do you have a comment, question or suggestion? Please email us at Sustainability@marist.edu and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.