As we celebrate Earth Month at Pace, I want to congratulate all of our GreenPace Award winners and say a special thank you to Angelo Spillo, director of the Pace University Environmental Center, for coordinating many of this month’s events. The Pace Community and our neighbors in Pleasantville are invited to attend a number of fascinating talks and walks. Visit www.pace.edu/dyson/earthmonth for the full line-up of activities.
We hear the word “sustainability” quite often these days. Many people equate it with being a narrow concept of environmental correctness. Sustainability is really a broader concept—a construct that can shape our solutions to a broad range of challenges.
If you haven’t visited the Pace sustainability site, I encourage you to do so. In it, you will find everything we are doing to be sustainable, from monitoring the pricing of energy to timing Pace’s purchases with favorable market conditions, to reducing building temperatures during the night and University breaks, offering Green Mountain “Fair Trade” coffee in all facilities, planting native plants and grasses on campus, and using linen tablecloths instead of paper for catering. These are just a few examples of how we have changed our business practices to reduce the impact we have on the environment.
Three members of the Pace Community—Bill Link, University Director of Physical Plant; Sue Maxam, University Director for Student Success; and Robyn Mery, an Environmental Studies Major—were recently recognized for their efforts in sustainability with the 2010 GreenPace Awards. This award acknowledges members of the Pace Community who develop innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. I encourage you to nominate anyone who is deserving of this honor.
Stephen J. Friedman