The Sustainability Heroes Gallery Opening and Reception

Monday, October 24 4-5 pm

Fenwick Place: Mission and Identity Conference Room



Please join in celebrating the life and values of Father Ben Urmston, S.J., Peace and Justice Champion. Father Urmston is the founder of Xavier’s Peace and Justice Programs and Professor Emeritus.

Visit the Sustainability Heroes Gallery to learn more about previous honorees.
Contact Kathleen Smythe, for more information.


Check out the latest issue of our Sustainability Program Newsletter

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. 


Sustainability Student Attends National Climate Leadership Summit

National Climate Leadership Summit
June 6-8, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The National Climate Leadership Summit brought together more than 100 leaders from student governments, campus environmental organizations, and college administrations to discuss and shape the future of climate leadership.  Each university was able to nominate one student to attend.  All expenses were paid for the students chosen. 

Carmelle Wasch , a Sustainability, Economics and Management major, represented Xavier at the conference. She writes: "My experience at the National Climate Leadership Summit was incredibly eye opening and informative, but most importantly led to ideas that could help move sustainability forward on Xavier University’s campus."

Findlay Market in Evanston

Findlay Market is opening the Evanston Farmstand on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. starting on June 9 selling fresh produce and products from Market merchants through early October. The Farmstand, a partnership of Findlay Market, the Evanston Community Council and Xavier to bring fresh, healthy, local food to Evanston, is located at the Five Points area at 1614 Hewitt Ave., across from the Recreation Center. Students of Communications Professor Leslie Rasmussen helped create a residential advertising strategy to bring the Farmstand to Evanston.


  • 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.