Spring on the York College campus

President’s Task Force for Campus Sustainability

The President's Task Force for Campus Sustainability (PTFCS) was established in December 2019 by the College President, Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith. She charges the PTFCS with: "coordinat[ing] activities and mak[ing] recommendations from the various groups" and
to "not only position the College to join other institutions in signing the American College & University Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments, but also to take action and monitor progress."

The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the activities PTFCS planned for spring 2020, but the task force reconvened in the fall of 2020.

Statewide Achievements

Joined PERC ( Pennsylvania Environment Resource Consortium) becoming a member of it from November 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Nationwide Achievements

AASHE ( Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)

SIMAP (Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform)is a campus calculator tool to collect carbon footprint and nitrogen emissions. The Task Force is currently working with various offices collecting data to establish the YCP baseline.
a student crosses the bridge at Tyler Run

Sustainability Events

  • Fall 2021 Sustainability Series
    • Is Green Gentrification Inevitable? 

               Locating the Green Space Paradox, by Dr. Hamil Persall - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2021, 7 – 8 P.M.

    Location      Virtual
    Event Type      Cultural Series
    Event Host      History & Political Science Department

     This event will be accessible to all attendees via Zoom. Please pre-register for virtual attendance.

    Studies in several North American cities point to the connections between green space creation and gentrification, raising questions about how to improve environmental conditions in neighborhoods without unintended socio-economic impacts. This study uses spatial and field techniques and interviews to examine the emergence of the green space paradox in neighborhoods across the City of Philadelphia and to characterize the conditions leading to gentrification associated with new parks. This study finds that gentrification isn't an inevitable outcome but that some neighborhoods are primed for gentrification and parks can become part of this process.

    • Combating Food Insecurity through Stewardship, Sustainability, and Social Justice 

               A Role for University/College Campus Farms and Produce Outreach

    Guest lecture by Sean Cornell from Shippensburg University

    November 17, 2021, 7 p.m.
    Weinstock Lecture Hall (Capacity - 31)

    This event is limited to York College students, staff, and faculty only. All attendees must wear masks. The public is welcome to join virtually via Zoom. Pre-registration required for virtual attendance. 


  • Spring 2021 — Events and News

    2021 Campus Sustainability Awareness Campaign

    Sustainability today has three interconnected pillars: environmental stewardship, economic viability, and social equality and justice. All  sustainability is local. The YCP's first Campus Sustainabilty Awareness Campaign starts on April 18 and ends on April 30 joining global celebrations of the 51st Earth Day (April 22, 2021) and Pennyslvania Arbon Day (April 30).   Sustainability for Every Spartan! YCP.

    Keynote Speaker - Vanessa Farquharson, April 20, at 7:00 PM  in Zoom. Click here to watch the recording of Vanessa's webinar.

    Research Showcase | Sustainability (April 17-23, 2021):  Three top sustability themed student projects are Annika Richards (1st), Sam O'Dea (2nd), and Arianna Evans (3rd).

    Speaking Green Panel Sessions: April 19, 20, 22, and 23 from 6-7 PM in Zoom. Click here to watch the recording of it!

    Spartan Rock Talk - Learn how to truly be Sustainable as an individual, an organization, and a college on April 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM in Zoom.  

    Residence Life - Terracycle

    EcoChallenge (April 1 to April 21): 61 participants this time, including students, faculty, and staff. Michelle Fellner is the top one in Student Group; Paul Ackerman for Faculty Group; and Annie Nguyen for Staff Group. Congratulations!

    Keynote Speaker: Vanessa Farquharson 

    Keynote speaker Vanessa Farquharson looks to the side as she sits beside leafy green plants Vanessa Farquharson is an award-winning author, public speaker and journalist. Vanessa worked as a staff reporter at the (Toronto) National Post for six years, where she covered topics ranging from urban development to rooftop beekeeping and wrote a weekly column called Sense & Sustainability. She has worked as a writer and editor for a range of top-tier Canadian publications and has more than a decade of experience in media relations.

    More recently, Vanessa has focused on leadership roles in communications and PR within the environmental sector, raising the public profile of global recycling organization TerraCycle before steering a major rebranding effort for Earth Day Canada, where she was Director of Communications and Campaigns. She is also a member of the City of Toronto’s Circular Economy Working Group.

    Her 2014 book Sleeping Naked is Green recounted the adventure of attempting to add one more "green habit" a day for a leap year.  By end of it, she had attempted 366 moves to live a more sustainable life, from bringing her own coffee cup with her everywhere to a hilarious attempt to wash her hair with vinegar -- in the dark. 

    Vanessa currently is the Interim – Director of Communications for the International Institute of Sustainable Development, focused on editorial strategy, media relations and public awareness.

    April 20 at 7:00 PM. Registration now closed.

    Other Events and News

    • Cindi Reisinger in the President’s Office works with Veterans doing a clothing drive each semester.

    • April 22, 2021 – Earth Day (2021 Theme: “Restore Our Earth”)

    • March 2021 — Climate Change Action Plays
      YCP students spent a weekend working with internationally recognized theatre artist and social activist Joan Lipkin, creating short plays based around the themes of sustainability and the environment. Using performance and civic engagement, Lipkin creates events about the most pressing issues of our time. Students presented their work in the hopes of spurring us all to action
  • Spring 2022 - Events and News


About the Task Force

  • Sustainability Programs

    Sustainability Programs

    The following academic programs are designed to educate York College students in areas directly related to environmental sustainability. Students in these programs often contribute to hands-on sustainabiity projects in our local community, collaborating with small businesses and organizations to create lasting change. 

  • Ongoing Projects

    Ongoing Projects

    • Tyler Run Flash Floods Mitigation Project - by Tyler Run Faculty team
    • Residence Hall - by Robbie Bacon
      • Continue the Terracycle Program all year (2021-2022)
      • Install water bottle filling stations in all residence halls to reduce single-use plastic water bottle use
      • Install recycling containers in courtyards outside of the residence halls
    • EcoChallenge - by Ken Slaysman and Perri Druen
    • Campus Sustainability Assets Inventory - by Jennifer Pomeroy

    The following projects are waiting to be claimed.

    If you are interested, please email jpomeroy@ycp.edu

    • Pollinator garden
    • Sustainability Tip Posters at specific locations and distribute around the campus, i.e. Sustainability Tips Posters on Non-Toxic Products use; posters on sustainable eays to save electricity; posters on sustainability to save water
    • Review Office Cleaning Products used on campus to make sure they are non-toxic
    • E-Waste Recycling Drive
  • Research and Scholarship

    Research and Scholarship

    There are many research opportunities for YCP students to work with faculty across various disciplines.

    School of Arts, Communications, and Global Studies
    • Vinny Cannizzaro – Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
    • Dominic DelliCarpini – Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
    • Matthew K. Clay-Robison
    • Rory Kraft
    • Jennifer Pomeroy (Chair)
    • Peter Levy
    Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences, and Technology
    • Paul J. Ackerman
    • Greg P. Foy
    • Bridgette E. Hagerty
    • Kathleen M. Halligan
    • Alison R. Kennicutt
    • Karl Kleiner
    • Tahera Naznin
    • Jessica Nolan
    • Josh Wyrick
    School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
    • Perri Druen
    • Randi Shedlosky
    Graham School of Business
    • Lei He
    • Mohammed Raja
    • Kenneth Slaysman
    School of Nursing and Health Professionals
    • Johanna Geister
    • Klaudia Lewis
    • Brandon Parkyn
  • Recycling


    This semester, fall 2021, continues the Terracycle program to reduce solid waste. Residence Life will install water bottle filling stations in all residence halls and recycling containers in courtyards outside of the residence halls.

  • Student Clubs and Organizations

    Student Clubs and Organizations

    • Chemistry Society
    • Biology Club
    • Student Senate – Sustainability Ad Hoc Sub-Committee
    • Plant and Gardening Club
  • Community


    York College's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in York County. Housed in downtown York, the CCE engages in a number of projects and initiatives within the local community.

  • Meet the Task Force

    Task Force Members

    Robbie Bacon, Director of Residence Life

    Vinny Cannizzaro, Director of the Glatfelter Institute

    Anthony DeCocinis, Vice President of Finance and Operations

    Perri Druen, Faculty of Psychology

    Kevin Fell, Director of Facility Services

    Abigail Foxwell, Alum Representative

    Greg Foy, Faculty of Chemistry

    Nick Gaito, Student Representative

    Sara Goodwin, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and New Student Programs

    Pamela Gunter-Smith, President of York College

    Gail Huganir, Office of Communications

    Karl Kleiner, Faculty of Biology

    Rory Kraft, Faculty of the Arts and Humanities

    Aeryn McClain, Student Senate

    Tahera Naznin, Faculty of Horticulture

    Laura Niesen de Abruna, Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs

    *Jennifer Pomeroy (Chair), Faculty of Geography, Dept. of History & Political Science

    Rebecca Soyke, Office of Enrollment and Admissions

    Debra Staley, Staff Representative, Dept. of History & Political Science

    Calvin Stein, Student Representative

    Mikayla Trost, Vice Chair of York College IEEE Student Branch

    Corey Wagner, Senior Director of Dining Services

    Dylan Wagner, President of Biology Club

    Josh Wyrick, Faculty of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Tyler Run Creek surrounded by trees with colorful autumn leaves

Ideas and Suggestions

Do you have an idea about how we can make York College a more sustainable campus? Let us know, and we'll bring it to the attention of the committee.
Contact Us
Jennifer Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Chair, President's Task Force for Campus Sustainability (PTFCS)

Phone: 717.815.1529