Ibero Green Campus is the name by which the environmental management system (SMA) of the Universidad Iberoamericana de México is known, which arises in response to the institution’s commitment to reduce its ecological footprint. For this, it has, among other tools, an Action Plan that articulates a set of policies, activities, goals and indicators to reduce the environmental impact derived from its daily operation. Among the objectives of the SMA are: make an efficient use of resources, give an integral management to waste, comply with the existing regulation on environmental matters and improve conditions within the university campus. Likewise, the SMA is a tool for the environmental education of students.
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From carbon emission challenges to newly installed solar panels to the 2,000 honeybees now occupying a high school rooftop, Jesuits and their collaborators have responded in force to Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment. As the one-year anniversary of “Laudato Si’: On the Care for Our Common Home” approaches, there’s been progress on Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change as a moral imperative, and yet, much more to do.
Join 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?
The 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 is a Charter Signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. We first developed a Climate Neutrality Action Plan in 2010, updated the plan into two parts in 2015, and have the current goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 for scopes 1 and 2 (natural gas and electricity, respectively), and by 2029, scope 3, indirect greenhouse gas emissions from University funded travel and commutes.