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Stewardship and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

waterfall_web_environmentGonzaga University seeks to promote the quality and sustainability of the environment through the application of principles of stewardship derived from our Catholic tradition.

GU cuts down on paper

gonzaga_bulletinGU has dramatically decreased overall paper consumption in comparison to past years, according to results from the annual assessment of paper consumption.

Climate Action Plan

PrintThis Climate Action Plan (CAP) is intended to guide Gonzaga in furthering its commitment to sustainability and to addressing climate change. We envision an appropriate and thorough integration of ecological stewardship and sustainability at all levels of University life.

Recycling @ GU

plasticrecycleIn 2012, WSRA named Gonzaga  higher education recycler of the year because of our commitment to recycling.  The 25-30% reduction of garbage by “recycling, composting, and innovating waste reduction policies” was a major factor in receiving this reward.


compost_cycle_soilCurrently Sodexo and Plant Services are working to divert food and yard waste. Sodexo has reduced their waste from 3 garbage pick-ups to 2 garbage pick-ups per week. They hope in the coming year that they can curb their waste to only 1 garbage pick-up. The reduction in waste has come with an increase in composting.

Campus Sustainability Initiatives

ServiceBerry_smallAcademics & Administration:  Advocacy, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL), Climate Commitment, Curriculum for the Bioregion, School of Engineering and Applied Science–Faculty and Student Research Projects

Operations: Buildings, Dining Services, Energy, Grounds, Information Technology, Purchasing, Transportation, Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Composting, Water

Student Projects: Gonzaga Environmental Organization (GEO), Gonzaga Outdoors, Environmental Law Caucus