"Sustainability: October 24 is National Sustainability Day. As we mark the occasion, I think it is important that we reflect on sustainability as a Jesuit value and how we can work together to make our campuses, and our world, more sustainable.
In 2008, the Society of Jesus celebrated the General Congregation 35. The Congregation explored a number of issues, including sustainability. The Society noted that 'care of the environment affects the quality of our relationships with God, with other human beings, and with creation itself. It touches the core of our faith in and love for God'.
Peter-Hans Kolvenback, S.J., Superior General Emeritus of the Society of Jesus, also challenged all 'Jesuits and those who share our mission to show ever more effective ecological solidarity in our spiritual, communal and apostolic lives'.
It is within this Jesuit context that Saint Louis University has put an increasing focus on campus sustainability. I am proud to report that SLU has made progress on a number of initiatives that can lessen our environmental footprint, including waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency and sustainable business practices, among other efforts.
To help coordinate activities and prioritize initiatives, the University is forming a sustainability advisory group that will be co-chaired by Kathleen Brady, Vice President for Facilities Services and Chief Sustainability Officer, and Diana Carlin, Associate Vice President for Graduate Education and Interim Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability.
As you may recall, last year, the University received a bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). While we may be known for 'SLU blue', we also want to be known for our commitment to being green."
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