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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 (


Xavier Included in 2016 Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges


Xavier has again been included in the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.

Schools were chosen for the 7th annual edition of the "green guide" based on data from the company's 2015/16 survey of 640 4-year colleges which was compiled in the summer of 2016. The survey measures the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability. 

Schools are given a "Green Rating" score from 60-99.  The scores were based on how the schools reported their sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. 

Only schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into the guide.  Most of the schools (350) in the latest edition are in the U.S. with 10 in Canada and one in Egypt. 

 Download the latest guide.  

Sustainability Week Recap

We hope everyone got to attend at least one event during our recent Sustainability Week (October 23-29). If not, there are ways you can still participate.  

Sustainability Heroes Gallery Opening and Reception

On October 24, Father Ben Urmston was inducted into the Xavier Sustainability Heroes Gallery.  Father Urmston is the founder of Xavier’s Peace and Justice Programs and Professor Emeritus. Over 60 people attended the event.

 If you missed the opening, you can view the gallery in Fenwick Place, just next door to Currito Burrito.  

Visit the Sustainability Heroes Gallery to see the exhibit online and to learn more about previous honorees.


Campus Sustainability Day
Climate Justice:
The Role of Local SustainabilIty


   On October 25, a panel of experts from the university as well as local government and business discussed climate issues affecting us on a local level and how they intersect with national and global climate trends.   


If you missed the presentation, you can watch the video.
Before the presentation, there were information tables on local sustainability organizations.  If you’d like to find out more about the organizations including volunteer opportunities and ways to enjoy local green activities,  visit the Sustainability Nook (1st floor, McDonald ). 


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.