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Upcoming events 

Input Session for the Midwest Chapter of the National Climate Assessment Report to be held at Xavier


When: Wednesday, March 1, 9:00-5:00

Where: Xavier University, Bishop Fenwick Conference Room

What is the National Climate Assessment Report?
 The report contains the best information available on what climate change will look like in Cincinnati. It is the starting point for climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience discussions for Cincinnati and other Midwest communities. The report is updated every 4 years. Check out the 3rd edition here. Work on the 4th edition is just getting underway.

What will you do?
Provide Input! There will be a main location for this discussion in Chicago, with Cincinnati one of the satellite locations throughout the Midwest. All locations will receive briefings (via web link) on a variety of topics, and some preliminary notional thoughts on key concepts for the report. Following the briefings, we will break into smaller groups, discuss what we heard, and share our thoughts about what might be right, wrong, or incomplete in the briefings. Notes will be taken, and input will be shared back to the organizers. 

How do you sign up?  RSVP to, or register on line here.

Mill Creek Canoe Trip

April 1

When: Saturday, April 1st, 9:00am-3:00pm (April 9th rain date)
Where: We will meet at the circle between Smith and CLC for a prompt 9:00am departure in carpools.  

The Mill Creek Yacht Club has offered to host another canoe trip for Xavier students.  This is the third year running - it has been a really fun and educational experience.  

Cost: There is a $10 fee for the canoe rental/guide fee.  (Students in Mollie McIntosh's courses have had this fee waived.)  This cost also covers an official membership into the Mill Creek Yacht Club and a T-shirt. 

Route:  We will be canoeing an approximately 5 mile section of the lower Mill Creek.  Specifics TBA.
Mill Creek Yacht Club:  Its a really dynamic group.  Check out their website:

For more information or to sign up, contact Adam Konopka

Film, Music, and Stories from the U.S./Mexico Border

April 2, 5:30-7:30 pm

Kennedy Auditorium

Join Kathleen Smythe, Julia O’Hara, Gillian Ahlgren and Kristine Suna-Koro for a night of film, music and stories from the U.S./Mexico border. 

Special guest: Natalia Serna, singer songwriter featured in Creighton University's Backpack Journalism film, "El Deportado,"


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.