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Sustainability Initiatives

Endicott has one of the largest solar canopy parking lots in the Northeast, totaling nearly 1MW and providing 10 percent of the College’s electricity needs. There is an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the Raymond J. Bourque Arena that provides around 10 percent of its electricity use, and new solar panels on the College's parking garage. Our composting, recycling, and waste management plan diverts more than half of materials from the waste stream each year, and is supported by an undergraduate student work-study program. An on-campus garden provides fresh vegetables for our dining hall and an opportunity for students to learn firsthand about growing and harvesting produce. Our new buildings and existing spaces are being designed and constructed or renovated with a focus on energy savings, water conservation, and healthy materials. Sustainable practices are evident in everything from the food we eat, the water we use, and the buildings and land where we work, live, and study.

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Imagining a Greener Endicott
After capping Sustainability Week, Endicott’s new Associate Director of Sustainability Carly Thibodeau is “on a mission for us to make Endicott into a living lab for sustainability.
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New Environmental Science Faculty
Gordon Ober brings a marine focus that takes advantage of Endicott's seaside location.
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Crossing New Territory in Sustainability
A new strategic sustainability plan will include waste/water reduction and climate goals.
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Entrepreneurship at Endicott.
CropShop's goal is to deliver the best ingredients possible to chefs from local farmers.
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Students Conduct Mock Sustainability Audits in Cape Cod.
Sustainable Tourism course reflects growing demand in hospitality industry.
Students Conduct Mock Sustainability Audits in Cape Cod.
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Environmental Science Course Goes Digital
Environmental Biology and Oceanography courses utilize iNaturalist app.
Environmental Science Course Goes Digital

Climate and Energy

Understanding and combating climate change is vital to a coastal institution. Adaptation and resiliency are important considerations as temperatures increase, sea levels rise, and precipitation events become more frequent and intense. Mitigating the effects of climate change by reducing campus energy use and greenhouse gas emissions is a top priority.
  • Renewable Energy
    • Endicott’s 1 MW solar canopy parking lot provides electricity to three residence halls- Stoneridge, Marblehead, and Bayview.
    • The Raymond J. Bourque Arena has a 157 kW solar rooftop PV array, providing power to both the Hockey Arena and the Center for Nursing and Health Professions.
    • New solar panels have been added to the College's parking garage, covering about 30% of the annual electricity use for the Wax Academic Center and Hempstead Commons.
    • The College pursued a wind feasibility study and continues to review potential renewable opportunities on campus.
  • Green Building
    • Buildings and infrastructure throughout campus have been retrofitted or are being constructed with energy-efficient LED lighting and controls.
    • The Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business and Ginger Judge Science Center is a model of green design with lighting, temperature control, ventilation, and water fixtures to maximize efficiency.
    • Endicott was awarded the MassCEC grant under the Commercial-Scale Air-Source Heat Pump Program for the implementation of a VRV system in the new academic center.
    • A green roof is located on the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, which serves to absorb and treat stormwater, reduce the urban heat island effect, and provide green space.
  • Climate Preparedness and Campus Resilience
    • A seawall is located at Endicott Beach, one of Endicott’s three private beaches, to protect a portion of campus.
    • Stormwater discharge is slowed through the campus lakes and rain gardens.
    • Permeable pavement was utilized in the newest parking lot to limit runoff into surrounding sensitive area.
    • Endicott is exploring generator and CHP options for a central building to function as an emergency response center.
    • The City of Beverly, Mass., and Endicott are working to understand coastal resiliency and climate vulnerabilities.

Health and Equity

Students, staff, and faculty interact with our campus and local surroundings daily. We have a key role in ensuring their personal well-being and health. Whether it is the opportunity to explore the campus through hiking trails, offering sustainable food options, or incorporating healthy materials into our indoor spaces, helping to create a healthy community is vital.

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  • Wellness
    • The counseling center on campus is open to students, faculty, and staff.
    • The College has been consistently rated one of the top places to work in higher education in the region.
    • Endicott’s three miles of trails offer a great place to explore. Witch Lane provides a relaxing and educational hike with glimpses of large rocks scraped up from the Laurentide Ice Sheet and human-caused forest succession.
    • Faculty and staff receive free access to athletic facilities on campus.
  • Food and Dining
    • Endicott partners with Sodexo to offer complete vegetarian options for every meal.
    • We use sustainably harvested Red’s Best fish, fair-trade coffee and tea, and a large percentage of our produce comes from local sources.
    • Students and staff manage two raised beds on campus, where they tend to the garden and harvest produce, including cherry tomatoes, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, garlic, carrots, beets, radishes, sage, basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
    • In 2010, we started a tray-less program in the dining hall and reduced food waste by 30 percent.
    • Since 2012, we have eliminated the use of thousands of Styrofoam containers through the use of reusable to-go containers. Students who wish to take out food can provide a deposit for a reusable container, and they can return the used container for a clean one on their next visit.
  • Healthy Materials
    • Endicott is expanding the use of green cleaning products and technologies.
    • Endicott is exploring pilot opportunities to purchase furniture that complies with the Healthier Hospitals Initiative Safer Chemicals Challenge: Healthy Interiors.
    • Materials utilized during new construction and renovations are reviewed. 

Campus Operations

As part of the College’s Physical Plant, we will work to enhance our facilities and operations in a manner that conserves resources and reduces waste. We will work to institutionalize operations and improve our community’s health while reducing our impact on the climate.
  • Procurement
    • We partner with the College’s business office and outside vendors to review options and prioritize sustainable purchasing.
    • College-wide procurement guidelines are being developed.
    • Endicott uses Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified copy paper and FSC certified paper and soy inks for College publications.
    • Biodegradable supplies are utilized for some automobile repair products.
  • Transportation
    • We encourage students to consider using Zipcar, a shared car program available on campus and located on level 5 of the parking garage. Endicott students can create a membership account and register Endicott as their location to receive a discount off the monthly fee. 
    • Bike racks are located throughout campus, and there are three miles of trails for recreation.
    • Endicott is located near historic Cabot Street, which is lined with restaurants and shops.
    • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) makes it easy to travel around the region, and Endicott is a short ride to the Beverly Depot where you can take the commuter rail ( into Boston.
    • We provide daily shuttles from our main campus to downtown Beverly, local malls, and the commuter rail. This off campus shuttle service, also used for some special events, is run by Joseph's Transportation, who has partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every 100 miles driven!
    • We provide six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus, located on the ground floor and levels 2 & 3 of the campus parking garage.Only EVs are allowed to park in these spots, and can charge at a low rate of $0.50/hour.
  • Landscaping and Grounds
    • Fifteen percent of the campus is organically landscaped, paying special attention to areas like our beaches and the Endicott Lakes.
    • Our staff and volunteers are always working to fight back invasive plants with natural methods, as well as native plant species wherever possible.
    • In 2014, 3,000 ladybugs were released into the first College greenhouse to combat aphids.
    • Our campus features apple trees, pear trees, and two raised beds that provide herbs and vegetables to the dining hall.
    • Compost from the dining hall is used in the garden beds, creating a full circle food production.
  • Water
    • Low-flow fixtures are utilized across campus to reduce water use.
    • 40 filtered water bottle fill stations across academic, administrative, and residence buildings provide an alternative to single use water bottles. This program will continue to expand until each building on campus has at least one water bottle fill station. 
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
    • Single-stream recycling is in place campus-wide.
    • Food waste is composted at all dining locations.
    • We are piloting undergraduate composting in residence halls.
    • Electronic waste is collected across campus and sent to a local R2 Certified facility.
    • Used tires are collected and repurposed for local communities.
    • Up to 94 percent of construction waste is diverted from landfill for projects on campus.
    • Books are collected and donated through Better World Books.
    • The first Cradles to Crayons donation bin located on Massachusetts’ North Shore is hosted on campus. This bin, along with a Red Cross bin, are located in Lot 28 to facilitate reuse and recycling of textiles.
    • The College Cleanse Move Out Donation Collection initiative recovers between 5,000-8,000 lbs of items donated for reuse at the end of each academic year. These items- books & school supplies, non-perishable food, clothing & shoes, and dorm supplies/housewares- are then donated to local shelters, thrift stores, and community organizations, both giving the items new life by diverting them from the landfill while providing needed resources and items to people in the community.
    • Learn more about traditional and specialty recycling, as well as composting, at Endicott on our Recycling at Endicott page

    Look for these signs around campus:

         Compost  Recycle  Landfill


Experiential Learning

Following the mission of the College, we will work to develop and support firsthand opportunities for student involvement. We will drive student engagement that utilizes the campus and surrounding community as a living lab.
  • Courses and Curriculum
    • The department supports student research projects and thesis work.
    • We integrate sustainability across disciplines and work with faculty and deans to develop programs.
    • Further educational opportunities are provided through guest lecturers in environmental science courses. 
  • Student Involvement
    • Student Sustainability Fellows are hired to help develop and implement initiatives and programs focused on procurement, athletics, student activities, and dining. These students help the Office of Sustainability with important tasks such as data entry and analysis, communications and outreach, programming, research and DEIB incorporation, and waste management. 
    • Work-study students assist with recycling collection across campus.
    • We partner with the student-led Endicott Environmental Society, the Sunrise Movement Club, and the Beekeeping Club.
  • Internship
    • Student sustainability work is highlighted.
    • The department is a resource for students during their internships.
    • Living lab opportunities are provided to apply learned skills in settings on campus and in the local community.
    • Partnerships are developed with likeminded organizations.
    • The Office of Sustainability highlights a selection of interesting jobs and internships related to sustainability on our website below, as well as in our monthly newsletter, to expose students to the wide variety of careers available in sustainability to students of all majors. 

Sustainability Jobs and Internships

Sustainability is an inherently multi-disciplinary field. At the Office of Sustainability, it is our goal to connect students to meaningful job and internship opportunities that cater to their specific interests while supporting sustainable development. 
  • Internships
     Title Application deadline Description 
    Energy Sustainability Intern for AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.  Rolling  A summer 2024 internship opportunity for a student pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Energy, Sustainability, or another related field. The position entails assisting with energy modeling and analysis building systems, performing sustainability consulting for building projects focused on energy efficiency, and documenting energy and sustainability systems. 

    Seaside Sustainability Internships

     Rolling Seaside Sustainability internships are 5 months long and require a 15 hour per week minimum work schedule. The follow teams are available for applications: business operations, climate action, environmental justice, grant writing, green scholars, human resources, legislations and advocacy, marine science and technology, marketing, podcasting team, sustainability consulting, web development, and technology. 
     Neighbor to Neighbor  Rolling Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts is a power-building and grassroots organizing group that is dedicated to making democracy work for all. Environmental Justice is just one of many focuses N2N takes on. Neighbor to Neighbor is very willing to take on interns and is very flexible both in terms of hours and role opportunities. Contact Gabriel Cohen-Gilnick at or by phone at 401-603-6058 for more information.
    Student PIRGs Internships  Rolling  Student PIRGs are actively looking for campus internships. This entails giving students the opportunity to take their education out of the classroom and do hands-on work to make an impact on causes they're passionate about. Current campaigns for student PIRGs include but are not limited to, 100% Renewable Energy campaign, Break Free From Plastics campaign, Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms campaign, Save the Bees campaign, and the Zero Hunger campaign. Interns are eligible to get course credit in a variety of departments depending on your campus. 
    ESRI Summer 2024 Internship  12/31/2023  Apply to be apart of 12-week summer internship program working on projects such as creating an app to speed emergency aid or conduction research for marketing campaigns. The ideal candidate is an undergraduate students in their 3rd or 4th year. Internships are full time and paid. Positions are filled as qualified candidates apply. Applications are generally accepted from September 1st through December 31st each year. 
    Food Policy Intern at Friends of the Earth  Rolling  FOE is looking to hire someone passionate about climate justice and creating a healthier and more sustainable food system. The position calls for someone in support of campaigns to reduce consumption of industrial animal foods and shift towards climate-conscious procurement of food. The chosen intern will assist in conducting grassroots and stakeholder outreach to support federal policy work and help with meeting and event logistics. They will also be responsible for conducting research to support public policy campaigns. This position is part time and requires 15-20 hours a week. The internship period will run for about 5-7 months. This is a paid position at the rate of $17 per hour. 
    Research Intern at NMR  1/01/2024  NMR is seeking a Research Intern during the spring of 2024. The chosen candidates primary responsibility will be to support energy market research, perform quantitative and qualitative data analysis and entry, conduct semi-structured interviews, and edit proposals and reports. This internship is paid at an hourly rate of $20. It is a part time role that requires 20 hours a week from January 8th-May 15th. This is a hybrid position. 
    Global Sustainability Scholars Fellowship  1/15/2024  The GSS Early Career Fellows Program offers a 10-week, PAID, immersive training and mentoring with a global sustainability organization. Fellows will gain professional work experience, receive professional membership and development training, and build an international professional network in sustainability science. The program runs from May 20-July 26, 2024. Contact for additional information. 
    Zero Hunger Internship  1/13/2024  The Zero Hunger Internship is hosted by the Congressional Hunger Center. Candidates will be placed in the program implementation, development and fundraising, policy analysis, advocacy, communications, or non-profit operations. Candidates should have a strong commitment to food and nutrition security and possess excellent critical thinking and communication skills. Candidates should also be eager agents of change and embrace a learning mindset. Chosen candidates will be given a $7,500 stipend to support their living expenses. The program will run for 10 weeks throughout the summer of 2024. 
  • Jobs
     Title Application deadline Description
     Air Quality Project Manager for The City of Boston  2/21/2024 This position entails becoming thoroughly familiar with the City of Boston's climate and sustainability goals and the City's administrative structure, programs and staff responsibilities for climate action and air pollution control. The chosen candidate will be responsible for collaborating with local and regional clean air and transportation agencies, supporting resource development for small businesses and residents, assisting the Environmental Compliance Officer in resounding to inquiries and compilations, and conduction site visits and inspections. 
    Sustainability Communications and Engagement Manager for Bentley  Rolling  This position requires content creation skills for the Bentley Office of Sustainability. This entails producing and managing the production of the university's annual sustainability report, promotional materials and highlighting campus sustainability projects and initiatives. The communications and engagement manager will also be responsible for overseeing one full-time student intern. An understanding of sustainability, even-planning skills, communication skills, and a commitment to DIEB efforts are minimum qualifications for this position. 
    Program Coordinator - Event Support for Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University
     Rolling The Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability is looking for a coordinator to administer activities and events within the NIEES program. This position is 80% event planning, 15% financial responsibilities, and 5% supervision tasks. Communications, organization, sustainability knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office are all minimum requirements of this role.
     Town of Marblehead Sustainability Coordinator  Rolling  The Town of Marblehead seeks an applicant with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, energy, policy, or a related field. The duties of this position include developing and administering programs, policies and  initiatives to advance Marblehead sustainability, specifically addressing energy saving programs within residential, commercial, and municipal sectors. The salary ranges from $62,293-80,980 / year. 
     Sustainability Analyst UW Madison  11/29/23  The University of Wisconsin Madison is looking for a Sustainability Analyst. The responsibilities of this position include researching, gathering and analyzing data for information for planning and policy-making decisions. Data management and data analysis for resource allocation at the institutional level is a large part of the job. The chosen candidate will work with stakeholders and the Office of Sustainability. The minimum annual salary for this position is $75k a year. The typical hours are 8am to 5:30pm, Monday-Friday. 
    Coordinator of Communications and Events- Wake Forest University Office of Sustainability and Department of Human Resources  Rolling  Essential functions of this position include coordinating large and small-scale events. This includes but it not limited to applying for funds, developing event planning time lines, coordinating with communications and marketing, booking potential speakers. For the communications portion of this job; creating, distributing and maintaining a variety of communications materials throughout multiple channels is required. A minimum of a bachelors degree in communications or marketing is required. Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to prioritize and organize workflow and the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently with attention to detail are all required skills. This is a full time position. The salary for this position will be explored as applicants apply and interview. 
    Outdoor Learning Spaces Coordinator- Wake Forest Office of Sustainability  Rolling  The essential functions of this position include overseeing and maintaining campus garden spaces, utilizing ecologically responsible principles and practices to maintain the gardens, training and overseeing student workers to work in the garden spaces, and leading education sessions and tours of the gardens for campus members. Collaboration with the Office of Sustainability will be frequent and necessary. Requirements for this position include a bachelor's degree in environmental education, a passion for sustainability-related issues and the ability to manage multiple tasks with attention to detail. This is a full time position. The salary for this position will be explored as applicants apply and interview. 
    Campus Sustainability Analyst - Lehigh University  Rolling  The University of Lehigh is hiring a Campus Sustainability Analyst. This position includes managing internal sustainability data collection and reporting as in relation to Lehigh's Sustainability Strategic Plan 2030 and Climate Action Strategy and managing internal transportation and real estate data collection and reporting. The position also requires managing external data collection and reporting for sustainability assessments and reports to improve Lehigh's ranking. The salary for this position ranges from $53,580 to $65,210. A Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies, Engineering, Planning, Business or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Strong qualitative skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office, organizational skills, and an ability to lead a project team are preferred qualifications. 
    Research Associate at Environmental Law Institute  2/19/2024  The chosen candidate will work directly with 15-20 lawyers, scientists, and policy experts in the Research and Policy Division on projects addressing environmental and natural resource protection, climate, public health, environmental justice, and pollution prevention. Outside of researching and writing, associates will help coordinate and plan various professional events at ELI, including seminars, conferences, training courses, and workshops. The salary for this position is $53,000 annually with benefits. Applications must include a cover letter, a resume with overall undergraduate GPA included, and an analytical writing sample of 3-5 pages in length. Applications are due by Friday, January 19th. 
     Sustainability Operations Specialist  Rolling  As a member of the sustainability team, the Sustainability Operations Specialist will play a crucial role in the planning, organization, and delivery of specialized services and activities to advance sustainability initiatives. The chosen candidate will create and develop processes, toolkits, policies and communication strategies to advance USC’s operational sustainability initiatives. The hourly rate for this position is $40-$43. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in environmental science or a directly related field.
       Rolling  Green Corps is looking for several environmental organizing employees. Chosen candidates will be trained on large issues facing the environment and hot to organize and strategize awareness campaigns. The first year is broken down into two portions; training for organizing, and then organizing and running 3-5 campaigns. Positions beginning in August 2024 will have an annual compensation of $32,500 through $39,000 depending on location. Benefits include paid sick leave, vacation time and need-based student loan assistance. 

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Snapshot of Most Recent Annual Report
Implemented timely and effective solutions to create organizational change with a focus on climate and health.
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Climate & Energy
Mitigated the effects of climate change by reducing campus energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Health & Equity
Created a healthier community by keeping the beaches and trails clean, offering sustainable food options, and incorporating safer materials into indoor spaces.
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Campus Operations
Conserved resources and reduced waste as the College continued to expand, ultimately improving the community’s health and overall impact on the climate.
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Experiential Learning
Developed and supported student involvement by utilizing the campus and surrounding community as a living lab.