Campus Ministry has partnered with the Center for Sustainability to create the “Mission Sustainable Challenge,” a unique opportunity for the campus community. Every day in October, hundreds of students, faculty, and staff, are contemplating the spiritual components of their sustainability behaviors. Each day features a sustainable topic (water, waste, food, transportation, economic development, or social sustainability), and contains a quote or reading as well as prompts to guide participants in reflection about that day’s topic.
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As a Jesuit and Catholic University, we have the responsibility to provide leadership in developing a more sustainable way of living. By embracing sustainability, the University furthers its mission to act as a voice of reason, conscience, and service to society.
SCU’s 1/2 acre organic garden serves as a campus space for course research, service learning, and sustainable food production. Operating within the Center for Sustainability, the Forge Garden provides a living laboratory for exploration of environmental impacts and social justice surrounding the food system.
SCU strives to reduce water consumption as much as possible. We have reduced the use of potable water with efficient fixtures and appliances. The largest savings of potable water has been due to the use of recycled water for campus landscaping and some plumbing.
In 2012, SCU disposed of 1,836 tons of waste, which includes 904 tons of landfill waste, 392 tons of recyclables, and 541 tons of compostable material. Containers, labels, and instructional signs have been replaced throughout campus to standardize the University’s waste diversion system. Colors on signs and container labels: Recycling = Blue; Landfill waste = Red/Black; Compost = Green.