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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:

  1. “coordinat[ing] activities and mak[ing] recommendations from the various groups” and
  2. 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.

a student crosses the bridge at Tyler Run

Sustainability Programs

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
  • Dave Fyfe
  • Rory Kraft
  • Jennifer Pomeroy
  • Peter Levy
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences, and Technology
  • Paul J. Ackerman
  • Greg P. Foy
  • Bridgette E. Hagerty
  • Kathleen M. Halligan
  • Scott R. Hamilton
  • Alison R. Kennicutt
  • Karl Kleiner
  • Kala Meah
  • Jessica Nolan
  • Josh Wyrick
School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
  • Perri Druen
Graham School of Business
  • Insoo Cho
  • Lei He
  • Minghui Ma
  • Mohammed Raja
  • Kenneth Slaysman
School of Nursing and Health Professionals
  • Johanna Geister
  • Klaudia Lewis
  • Brandon Parkyn


YCP has an active recycling program, with containers placed in locations around campus and in College buildings. Residence Life has partnered with student groups in the past to support different Campus Sustainability events. Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 limited these events during fall 2020.

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • Chemistry Society
  • Biology Club
  • Spartans for Sustainability
  • Student Senate – Sustainability Ad Hoc Sub-Committee



Events and News

  • Cindi Reisinger in the President’s Office works with Veterans are doing a clothing drive each semester.
  • April 22, 2021 – Earth Day (2021 Theme: “Restore Our Earth”)


Upcoming Campus Events

  • Celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day

    Celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day

    YCP has designated Monday, April 18, through Saturday, April 30, for campus-wide events that join this nationwide environmental protection event. Many specific events are being planned across all divisions, departments, and schools.

    Event details coming soon.


    About Earth Day

    Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for protecting our environment. 
    April 22, 2021 is the 51st Earth Day, and this year's theme is Restore Our Earth. 

    About Arbor Day

    Arbor Day is a national holiday, created to recognize the importance of trees.
    This year, observance of this holiday falls on Friday, April 30, 2021.

  • Climate Change Action Plays

    Climate Change Action Plays

    Performance: Sunday, March 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
    Sponsored by the President's Task Force for Campus Sustainability, Theater Program and the Cultural Series Program

    YCP students will spend the 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. Support our students as they present their work in the hopes of spurring us all to Action.

    Are you a YCP student who wants to participate? We will meet on Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

    Time: Mar 14, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 930 9469 0467
    Passcode: climate

  • Speaking Green

    Speaking Green

    A Series of Events | April 19-20, 22-23

    Express your passion for sustainable development in a 10-minute digital conversation with your peers.

    Create, research, and share ideas that could transform our world by speaking green while social distancing! These events will be hosted on Zoom. 

    Sign up now to be a speaker.

    Questions? Email Spencer Smith at ssmith113@ycp.edu.

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.

Task Force Members

Alison Altemose           

President of Student Senate Executive Board

Robbie Bacon 

Director of Residence Life

Vinny Cannizzaro         

Director, Glatfelter Institute

Perri Druen                 

Faculty of Psychology

Kevin Feil             

Director, Facility Services

Abigail Foxwell  

President of Chemistry Club

Greg Foy              

Faculty of Chemistry

Nick Gaito           

Student Representative

Sara Goodwin    

Ass. Dean, of Student Affairs & New Student Programs

James Goveia    

Student Representative

Pamela Gunter-Smith 

President of YCP

Gail Huganir        


Karl Kleiner         

Faculty of Biology

Rory Kraft           

Faculty of The Arts and Humanities

Ken Martin          

Vice President of Campus Operations

Laura Niesen de Abruna                

Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs

*Jennifer Pomeroy (Chair)  

Faculty of Geography

Spencer Smith   

President of Student Senate ad hoc Sustainability

Rebecca Soyke  


Debra Staley

Calvin Stein         

Staff Representative

Student Representative

Mikalyla Trost    

Vice Chair of York College IEEE Student Branch

Corey Wagner   

Senior Director of Dining Service

Dylan Wagner    

President of Biology Club

Josh Wyrick     

Faculty of Civil & Mechanical Engineering

Contact Us
Jennifer Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Chair, President's Task Force for Campus Sustainability (PTFCS)

Phone: 717.815.1529

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