The Torch

New Sustainability Major To Be Available This Fall

Morgan Mullings, Outreach Manager

March 27, 2019


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When undecided freshmen arrived at the St. John’s College Majors Fair, they encountered an entirely new major: Global Development and Sustainability. After the graduate program for Global Development and Social Justice was approved in 2017, the possibility for an undergraduate addition arose. Dr. Barb...

New Sustainability Initiatives to Eliminate Plastic Usage

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


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In its first year as an official committee under the Student Government Inc. constitution, the Sustainability Committee is working towards new initiatives, with an emphasis on reducing the use of plastic on campus. The chair of the newly-formed committee is third-year student Irene Gorosave. Study...

St. John’s Hosts A Career In Sustainable Fashion Panel

St. John’s Hosts A Career In Sustainable Fashion Panel

Nelly Ghansah, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Features

Have you ever taken the time to think about what materials your clothes are made of? Or even who and what is behind the production of your clothes? Well, these were the objectives tackled during the “Careers in Sustainable Fashion” panel discussion presented by St. John’s.The panel, moderated b...

Sustaining the Future

Sustaining the Future

Erin Bola, Social Media Manager

March 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

It’s not easy being green. Organic food is often expensive, and it can be hard to reduce waste in our increasingly materialistic society. So how can the average millennial live a sustainable lifestyle while juggling a tight budget and a busy schedule? A desire to make sustainability more easily ...

A Mid-Year Catch Up With SGI

A Mid-Year Catch Up With SGI

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News, Features Editor

January 31, 2018


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The Torch recently sat down with SGI President Frank Obermeyer to catch up on what SGI’s current e-board has accomplished since it won its campaign in Spring 2017, as well as what goals SGI is still pursuing for students. Obermeyer said SGI will primarily place emphasis on continuing to improve existi...

SGI Meeting: Alumni Relations, Sustainability Changes

SGI Meeting: Alumni Relations, Sustainability Changes

Erin Bola, Co-Social Media Manager

November 15, 2017


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Student Government, Inc., held their most recent general assembly meeting this past Monday, Nov. 13 in the D’Angelo Center. Topics discussed included alumni relations, new sustainability goals and stipends for committee chairs. The meeting began with a presentation by Carolina Brandão Hojaij, assista...

Solar-Powered Tables Soon To Be Installed at SJU

Solar-Powered Tables Soon To Be Installed at SJU

Angelica Acevedo, Opinion Editor, Co-Social Media Manager

October 18, 2017


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Five solar-powered tables will be installed in different locations on the Queens campus this week. This is a result of the newest initiative to bring solar energy to the St. John’s community from the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with Carissa Herb, president of the Earth Club. These tab...

RecycleMania gears up for more student interactions

RecycleMania gears up for more student interactions

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

March 16, 2017


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The ninth annual RecycleMania Tournament kicked off the raffle portion of its efforts to raise student awareness of post-consumer food waste in Montgoris Dining Hall on Monday, March 6. This means that every week, one lucky student will win a mountain bike, until RecycleMania ends on April 1. One s...

School launches new sustainability efforts

School launches new sustainability efforts

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

January 25, 2017


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Thomas Goldsmith, director of the Environmental and Energy Conservation department, and Joe Costa, a student worker under Goldsmith, met with the Torch to discuss updates in St. John’s environmental conservation work. Goldsmith announced that the University has completed the LED Lighting project, ...

Sustainability initiatives at SJU

Sustainability initiatives at SJU

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

September 29, 2016


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Embedding sustainable and energy efficient practices in St. John’s University has been an ongoing conversation for more than 35 years. With the New York Carbon Challenge set in motion by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city has committed itself to becoming greener by “reducing citywide greenhouse gas emis...

Sustainability is the next big fashion fad you need

Alexia Dolamakian

September 29, 2016


Filed under Features

If you are any bit concerned with where your cotton is grown, or #whomadeyourclothes, you may already be familiar with the idea of sustainability. You may even be a tree-hugger who shuns people for using an excessive amount of napkins when cleaning up a spill, or refuses to do work on paper when there ...

Sustainable living for the future

Wandy Ortiz, Staff Writer

September 28, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The United Nation’s International Day of Peace, which was held on Sept. 21, “provides an opportunity for all humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions,” according to their website. Practicing environmental sustainability is one idea that many...

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