Join Xavier Sustainability for a week
of events that celebrate Cincinnati.



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.


Climate Justice:

The Role of Local SustainabilIty

Tuesday, October 25  4-5 p.m.

Kennedy Auditorium  (CLC 412)


Gabe Gottlieb
XU Professor, Ethics/Religion and Society

Larry Falkin
Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

John Schulte
Executive Director, Xavier Physical Plant

Roxanne Qualls
Former Mayor of Cincinnati and  Assistant to the Xavier Provost for Civic Affairs

Scott Burns
President, Global Asset Recovery programs, LLC, XU Adjunct Faculty

Carmelle Wasch
President of XU Student Sustainability

3:30-4:00 Information tables in lobby on local sustainability efforts

Contact Nancy Bertaux ( or Elizabeth Zuelke ( for more information.

Local Bat Expert Presentation

 Thursday Oct. 27 5:00 PM
 Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412
 Nicole Gunderman,Seasonal      Educator at the Gorman Farm 

Bats provide important benefits to humans and are particularly helpful to farmers because they control many agricultural pests. However, some Ohio bats are dying due to the disease White Nose Syndrome. Learn about bats and specific things you can do to help support them in your community, from installing a bat box to learning bat-friendly gardening techniques.  So whether you love bats, are afraid of them, or both, come learn about these interesting animals and the many benefits they provide!

Depending on the weather, there may be a short walking tour afterwards of one or two bat boxes on Xavier's very own campus!

Sponsored by Student Sustainability.  Contact Carmelle Wasch ( for more information.

Check out the latest issue of our Sustainability Program Newsletter

Food Waste Forum: A Strategic Regional Conversation
Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier University


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have identified a national food loss and waste goal of reducing food waste 50% by 2030. In the United States food waste is estimated at between 30- 40 percent of the food supply, which translates into approximately 133 billion pounds of food, at a worth of$161 billion dollars in 2010. Food waste is the single largest component going into municipal landfills and creates the third largest source of methane gas.

 Locally there are various efforts underway to curb food waste, including some on Xavier’s campus. The Food Waste Forum is intended to be a broad based conversation with key stakeholders to identify priorities and subsequently to form a coalition to create a road map and help implement a regional strategic plan to prevent, recover and recycle food waste.  All organizations and individuals who play a role in our region’s food system are invited to participate.

For more information on the conference and to register go to: : 

Note: registration is free for students!

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."


  • 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.