Our academic programs evolve with the times — from the environmental landscape to the trending reality of multi-career paths and the addressing of older adult isolation. Our approach is practical and thoughtful, introducing realistic and strategic thinking into both the workforce and the world.
- Sustainable workforce: We have practical, innovative learning opportunities, providing marketable skills on campus. The Freight Farm and relevant training, for example.
- Sustainable environment: We plan to be Carbon Neutral by 2036. We produce our own lettuce, use sustainable wooden forks and corn cups, compost, and tend a pollinator garden. As the largest food consumer in the region, we use our buying power to support local consumption.
- Sustainable economically: We run an events venue in our Stone Barn and employ students in the hospitality industry. We have future plans to build businesses on campus that serve as learning opportunities, including a hydroponic farm, a senior residential facility, and a lakeside lodge that will diversify our revenue stream.
- Sustainable community: The culture of Saint Joseph’s College is inherently community-oriented and civic-minded. We address food security with year-round growing, donate to the Standish Food Pantry, address isolation in the older adult community at the Institute for Integrative Aging, provide jobs to the lakes region, and more.
Every job in the 21st century is going to have to have an understanding of sustainability. And our students here, at Saint Joseph's College, are really immersed in it. Every graduate of our programs is learning about systems thinking and issues of sustainability, whether that be applied to industry or government or any job they might eventually go into.
I would say the most important and the most tangible opportunities for impact that Saint Joseph's College has is building a sustainable community and a sustainable person. We're teaching people to take a look at their community and think about what it means outside of their own personal needs, building resiliency by putting good ideas to work for our future starting now.