Archive for Carbon footprint

Ignatian Carbon Challenge

Carbon-Challenge-LogoJoin high schools in the Ignatian network in bringing Laudato Si’ to life in our classrooms and institutions. Created by a team of theology and science teachers, the Ignatian Carbon Challenge invites both individuals and institutions to address climate change and environmental justice through a series of monthly challenges.

Together, the Ignatian network has the opportunity to make more sustainable choices that create healthier individuals, communities, and a healthier planet.

Are you ready to take the challenge?


butterflySt Beuno’s is a large 19th Century college building with high ceilings, large corridors and many ornate single glazed and stained glass windows. Interestingly in Victorian days there was a heat exchange system in the ground floor so that heat from greenhouses was brought into the main house.  From 1848 when the house was first built, until the 1940’s the main form of heating in the winter was open fires.  Oil fired central heating was then installed.  The building has been listed as grade 2* which means that changes to the outside and structural changes indoors cannot take place without local government approval. As you can imagine to keep such a building heated uses much energy.

The Ethics of Carbon Offsets

logo_SantaClaraThe Pope is not alone in his urgency; as the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rise, countries, companies, colleges, and individuals are pledging carbon neutrality. Like many universities, Santa Clara University has a “carbon neutral by the end of 2015” goal, but is meeting the goal enough? As a Jesuit institution, we are called to examine the ethics of the neutrality commitment, and our impressive sustainability goals give us the unique opportunity to influence how other Jesuit and Catholic schools take action on climate change. Carbon offsetting, a common aspect of many carbon neutrality commitments, presents us with an ethical dilemma: Can we pay others to forgive our pollution? As SCU moves forward in our commitment, we must ask ourselves two questions: first, whether we should purchase carbon offsets, and second, what type of offsetting techniques we should fund.

Santa Clara University’s Energy and Climate Neutrality Initiative

898On Wed., July 30, Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) had the opportunity to attend a seminar at Santa Clara University (SCU), California’s oldest operating Jesuit, Catholic University. The seminar titled “Energy and Climate Neutrality,” is part of the ongoing Summer Series. The featured speaker, Lindsey Kalkbrenner, is SCU’s Director of the Center for Sustainability.
To help reduce its carbon footprint, SCU signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007 and drafted its goals and action plans in 2010. Also, Santa Clara University adopted an Integrated Strategic Plan to create a more humane, just, and sustainable world.