Protecting God’s Creation
May 04, 2012
What does President Mark Cregan's recent signing of the St. Francis Pledge of the Catholic Climate Covenant mean?
Here are six things you need to know about this commitment.
Call to Action: The St. Francis Pledge of the Catholic Climate Covenant calls on those who study, live and work at Catholic colleges to protect God's creation and to advocate on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change. To read the Pledge in full, visit here.
Change Agents: Student and faculty members of the Environmental Stewardship Council advocated for the Pledge and engaged the Director of Campus Ministry Rev. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C. and President Cregan on the issue. As a result, Fr. Cregan signed the Pledge in conjunction with Earth Day in April. For more on the ESC and the Stonehill Goes Green campaign, visit here.
Sustainability: Among the steps taken at the College to develop a more sustainable culture are: the phasing out of bottled water usage, the creation of The Farm at Stonehill, composting cafeteria waste, the arrival of car sharing (Zip Car) on campus, initiatives to reduce paper, water and electricity usage, programs to increase recycling, alongside enhanced community outreach and education.
Good Company: Stonehill is one of 12 Catholic colleges that have signed the Pledge. More than 30 major Catholic organizations are also signatories. For more, visit here.
Next Steps: Sign the pledge yourself - and follow the recommended steps toward better stewardship of creation and advocacy for those in poverty. The College will continue to monitor and revise our practices to better align with the Pledge, and is looking toward external evaluation of our sustainability efforts through the American Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS rating system.
St. Francis: The pledge is named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) who is the patron saint of animals and of the environment. One of the most venerated religious figures; he founded the Franciscan Order in Umbria, Italy in 1209.
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