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Summer 2017 Xavier Colorado trip


Travel Dates May 14-21, 2017


Stay in beautiful Boulder, Aspen  and Denver areas.   Enjoy daily hikes and mountain immersion experiences.  Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Chautauqua, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Environmental Defense Fund, Rocky Mountain Institute, Snowmass, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.



EARN 6 CREDITS (courses fulfill core and major requirements):
SUST 465 Topics in Sustainability: Renewable Energy & Economies (3 credits) (ECOS/Sustainability/Business Elective, Environmental Science/Studies Non-science elective)
MUSC 108  Music, Love and Death:  The Earth (3 credits) (Creative Perspectives/Fine Arts core, ER/S Elective)
Focus will be on economic development around renewable energy and technology, impact of music and the arts on sustainability awareness, and immersion in the beautiful natural environment in Colorado.
For more info contact: 
Dr. Nancy Bertaux, Professor of Economics & Sustainability  (
Dr. Kaleel Skeirik, Professor of Music & Composition (


Naomi Oreskes Sustainability Speaker for Spring

There will be an evening presentation at the Cintas Center with an additional event for students scheduled for April 7. 

Naomi Oreskes 2nd European TA conference in Berlin 2015.JPG

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. She recently arrived at Harvard after spending 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Oreskes’s research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent.

In 2010, Oreskes co-authored Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, It was also made into a film, released in 2014. 

Xavier Included in 2016 Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges



Sustainability student Awards for 2016/17


We are pleased to announce that two students have been chosen for this year's Sustainability Awards. Each student will receive a $2500 award to be applied to tuition for this school year.  

Sustainability Award recipients will be members of the campus Sustainability Committee and will work to advance the goals of the committee, including sustainability reporting and measurement.

This year's award recipients: 

Charles Gonzalez  is pursuing his M.A. in Urban Sustainability and Resilience.  He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Business Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture Management from Cincinnati State.  He has recently served as the Student Farm Coordinator at Xavier and as an Environmental Health Intern for the City of Sharonville.

Laura Castillo is a sophomore with a double major in Economics, Sustainability, and Society and Spanish.  On her spring break this past year, she did an internship with the University of Caxias do Sul in Brazil where she spent time researching and learning about the Brazilian economy and the leading role some of its communities are playing in sustainability issues. 





  • In March 2008, Xavier University created a Sustainability Committee in response to the requirements of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The Committee, which represents a cross-section of the campus community, has created a comprehensive plan for achieving climate neutrality and initiated tangible actions to meet the goals expressed in the Campus Sustainability Plan.