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STAC Continues Partnership with SUEZ for 2018

Feb 13, 2018

STAC Continues Partnership with SUEZ for 2018

St. Thomas Aquinas College will continue its partnership with SUEZ to host the SUEZ Leadership Institute for Environmental Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College this summer. The SUEZ Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SUEZ New York, which supplies drinking water for 300,000 people in Rockland County, awarded a $150,000 grant to the College to establish and fund the program for three years, with the inaugural program being in 2016. The 2018 program will run from July 22, 2018 through July 27, 2018.

The Environmental Leadership Institute is a week-long (in residence) program for rising high school seniors and college freshmen.  Students experience an in-depth program curriculum studying water, the environment, energy, climate change and sustainability, and earn three college credits. 

“We are elated to once again have the SUEZ Leadership Institute for Environmental Studies on our campus and thankful to SUEZ for choosing us as its partner,” said Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., president of St. Thomas Aquinas College.  “The College is committed to making strides in the area of environmental awareness through education, advocacy and action.  It is a focal area for our entire community.  The Environmental Leadership Institute affords us the ability to continue, and enhance our efforts, while providing an exciting and valuable opportunity for students.”

The Institute promotes awareness of global environmental issues and provides students with an understanding of how local environmental issues reflect greater environmental challenges.  Participants earn three college credits for the six-day program.  Students engage in environmental inquiry and action through critical thinking and scientific methods and seek solutions to challenges facing the environment.  Students work in the College’s state-of-the-art science labs and engage in hands-on activities inside and outside of the classroom.  The program consists of instruction by faculty members, guest lectures by external expert speakers, and field trips to a variety of sites including a water treatment plant.

“We are delighted to partner again with St. Thomas Aquinas College on this unique and innovative program,” said Chris Graziano, the vice president and general manager of SUEZ New York.  “The Institute will continue to be a fun and engaging way to learn how to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues in one's own community and beyond while earning three college credits.”

Meagan S., a student from Marlton, NJ, who participated in the 2016 program said, “the hands-on activities made me feel empowered to be part of the solution to problems that exist everywhere, even in my home county.”

Eadaoin K., a student from Rutherford, NJ, who participated in the 2017 program said, “This experience was widely different than any others. I truly felt like I was impacting the present and future of this small ecosystem while being able to have fun and work with my team in order to clean up the creek.”

Nicole H., a student from Bardonia, NY, who participated in the 2017 program said, “New generations need to be taught, through programs like this that the environment needs to be protected and needs to thrive for everyone and everything to survive.” 

students work in sparkill creek as part of SUEZ Institute
The 2017 SUEZ Institute students work in the Sparkill Creek.

St. Thomas Aquinas College will continue its partnership with SUEZ to host the SUEZ Leadership Institute for Environmental Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College this summer. The SUEZ Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SUEZ New York, which supplies drinking water for 300,000 people in Rockland County, awarded a $150,000 grant to the College to establish and fund the program for three years, with the inaugural program being in 2016. The 2018 program will run from July 22, 2018 through July 27, 2018.

The Environmental Leadership Institute is a week-long (in residence) program for rising high school seniors and college freshmen.  Students experience an in-depth program curriculum studying water, the environment, energy, climate change and sustainability, and earn three college credits. 

“We are elated to once again have the SUEZ Leadership Institute for Environmental Studies on our campus and thankful to SUEZ for choosing us as its partner,” said Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., president of St. Thomas Aquinas College.  “The College is committed to making strides in the area of environmental awareness through education, advocacy and action.  It is a focal area for our entire community.  The Environmental Leadership Institute affords us the ability to continue, and enhance our efforts, while providing an exciting and valuable opportunity for students.”

The Institute promotes awareness of global environmental issues and provides students with an understanding of how local environmental issues reflect greater environmental challenges.  Participants earn three college credits for the six-day program.  Students engage in environmental inquiry and action through critical thinking and scientific methods and seek solutions to challenges facing the environment.  Students work in the College’s state-of-the-art science labs and engage in hands-on activities inside and outside of the classroom.  The program consists of instruction by faculty members, guest lectures by external expert speakers, and field trips to a variety of sites including a water treatment plant.

“We are delighted to partner again with St. Thomas Aquinas College on this unique and innovative program,” said Chris Graziano, the vice president and general manager of SUEZ New York.  “The Institute will continue to be a fun and engaging way to learn how to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues in one's own community and beyond while earning three college credits.”

Meagan S., a student from Marlton, NJ, who participated in the 2016 program said, “the hands-on activities made me feel empowered to be part of the solution to problems that exist everywhere, even in my home county.”

Eadaoin K., a student from Rutherford, NJ, who participated in the 2017 program said, “This experience was widely different than any others. I truly felt like I was impacting the present and future of this small ecosystem while being able to have fun and work with my team in order to clean up the creek.”

Nicole H., a student from Bardonia, NY, who participated in the 2017 program said, “New generations need to be taught, through programs like this that the environment needs to be protected and needs to thrive for everyone and everything to survive.” 

The application deadline for the Institute is May 1, 2018. If accepted, the registration fee is $275 and students reside in the College’s air-conditioned Aquinas Village residence halls.


For more information and to apply, visit www.stac.edu/suezinstitute.

SUEZ North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,430 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and leading the resource revolution.  The company owns 15 regulated water utilities, provides contracted public-private partnership services to 84 municipalities, offers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites, provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to nearly 7.5 million people on a daily basis, processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling and manages $3.3 billion in total assets. The company posted revenues of $1.1 billion in 2014 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ. Globally, SUEZ supplies drinking water to 92 million people, delivers wastewater treatment services to 65 million, collects waste produced by almost 50 million, recovers 14 million tons of waste each year and produces 5,138 GWh of local and renewable energy. With 80,990 employees, SUEZ, which is present on all five continents, is a key player in circular economy for the sustainable management of resources. SUEZ generated total revenues of €14.3 billion in 2014.


St. Thomas Aquinas Collegeis an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.