SPOKANE, Washington – Starting in 2011, Gonzaga University students were invited to submit ideas to help the University become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Now, those suggestions have been synthesized into four projects financed by the Green Fund, a unique model to support student-generated sustainability initiatives.
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Sustainability – in both its material and ethical dimensions – is especially concerned with the future. And who should be more concerned about the future than the youth – the young women and men of today who are the hope of the future? That is why education, in whatever form it takes today, should have special focus on issues of sustainability.
Divestment is basically the opposite of investment. When someone divests, they pull their money (stocks, bonds, etc) from corporations or businesses as a sign that they no longer support that entity.
Fossil Free SCU is a coalition of the GREEN Club and B-LEJIT, two environmental justice groups in the Santa Clara Community Action Program.
In its SCU Fossil Fuel Divestment Statement of Support, the group requests that Santa Clara “immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel extraction companies” and “divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within five years.” They also state that this would help advance the university’s goal to be carbon-neutral by 2015.
Santa Clara University pledges in its mission statement to “build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.” But such a world is not ensured if fossil fuel companies are allowed to recklessly continue their current practices unchecked. By divesting, SCU can continue its commendable efforts against environmental injustices worldwide, setting a precedent for other universities to follow. SCU has historically advocated against such environmental injustices because they “[contradict] our ethical guidelines for investment,” as noted by Father Engh regarding the university’s 2009 decision to divest from Massey Energy.
Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia recently earned the highest score (4) and a National Special Certificate of Achievement for academic excellence. Grounded in the Catholic faith, Yap Catholic High School strives to educate students to achieve academic excellence, appreciate their culture, be good stewards of the environment, and live their faith in the service of God and others.