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Winter 2012
Marist Goes Green
Dr. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi co-chairs CSAC as sustainability
becomes a hot topic on campus
M
arist’s school colors
may
be red and white but
there has been a recent
emphasis on green.
Four years ago, Marist College
president Dennis Murray cre-
ated the Campus Sustainability
Advisory Committee (CSAC).
It included one faculty member
from each of the schools within
Marist along with people from
important departments around
campus including dining services
and grounds maintenance, and
student representatives from each
class. The duty of the committee is
to assess what is going on around
campus in regards to sustainability
and to recommend changes.
Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, as-
sociate professor of media arts
and interim assistant dean, is
the representative for the School
of Communication & the Arts.
Recently, she was appointed by
Murray as co-chair of the advi-
sory committee along with Steve
Sansola, the associate dean for student
affairs. Willoquet-Maricondi’s handles
the academic part of sustainability while
Sansola handles other aspects of campus
like dining services and grounds.
“She’s a great resource to connect with
faculty,” Sansola said. “She’s smart and
well respected. We’re a good team, we get
things done.”
CSAC is responsible for most of the
green practices on campus including the
recycle bins in all of the buildings.
“The bins were one of the first things we
did,” Willoquet-Maricondi said. “They’re
attractive and we’ve been able to put them
all over.”
Other things CSAC is responsible for is
double-sided printing in the library and
LED light bulbs. They have also changed
to pre-heated air that is re-circulated so
it is easier to warm or cool. CSAC also
helped to institute the Zipcar program
that allows students to rent a car when
they need it instead of everyone having
a car.
“We reach out to different groups and
explore opportunities to make sugges-
tions or support them in their endeavors,”
Willoquet-Maricondi said.
One of the major projects CSAC has
taken on is in dining services. They have
made great strides in reducing food waste,
composting and buying local products to
reduce food miles. About 30 percent of
the cafeteria food is local.
“Dining services’ goal is to have 50 per-
cent of food be regional or local by 2015,”
Sansola said. “It will never be 100 per-
cent because students are sophisticated
eaters and want what they want.”
CSAC sponsors Sustainability
Day, an annual campus-wide
event. There are panels through-
out the day of faculty members,
people in the community and key-
note speakers. In the past, it has
included a panel of students that
discussed how to live sustainably
in a dorm. Films are also shown
that relate to the theme of the day.
Different vendors come to campus
such as Clean Air NY, Clearwater
and the Hudson River Keepers.
The event has a different theme
each year. In 2009 it was “Building
a Sustainable Future,” and in 2010
it was “Sustainable Living for a
Small Planet.”
Willoquet-Maricondi definitely
knows what she is talking about
when it comes to sustainability.
She has taught several courses that
have to do with the representation
of environment issues in film. She said
she feels strongly about a college’s duty to
be sustainable.
“My dream for Marist is that one day
we will have a center of sustainability
studies that will facilitate and coordinate
the teaching of sustainability as a broad
theme across the various disciplines,”
Willoquet-Maricondi said.
Being sustainable is something Marist
hopes to keep making better and better.
“I think we could do a lot more,” Sansola
said. “I think students need to pay more
attention and make more of a conscious
effort to change.”
BY JENNIFER ABBEY, ‘12