Sustainability and Mission

Contributing to sustainability at Xavier and beyond

The Center for Mission and Identity and the Office of Sustainability hosted a 3-part program on sustainability (food, consumption, energy) in  January 2013 facilitated by XU Sustainability Coordinator Ann Dougherty P.E.

In total, the program has developed over 50 'Xavier Sustainability Ambassadors.' 


As a Jesuit Catholic University, it is Xavier's responsibility to undertake issues
which have an impact not only on our campus, but on all of today's society.
                                                                                                    Michael J. Graham, SJ



   The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork

   The Right to Food

          Jesuit Says Saving the Earth is the Society's Next Frontier

          American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment 


   Time vs Stuff- An excerpt from 'The Story of Stuff' by Annie Leonard 

   Sustainability and Mission: Stuff

          Jesuit Response to Environmental and Ecological Challenges - a history by

          Healing a Broken World - Jesuit Task Force on Ecology, 2011

          Note from Superior General Adolfo Nicolas, SJ 
          to  the Society regarding the commitment to nature and the environment, 2011

          General Congregation 35, Decree 3, IV - Reconciliation with Creation, 2008

          Ignatian Spirituality & Sustainability by Annette Marksberry, 2011.



  Power to the People

  Sustainability Mission Energy

          Xavier University Academic Vision Statement

          Daily Examen for Ecology



Other Resources

2013 Care for Creation Lenten Calendar

The Place of Sustainability and the Environment within Roman Catholic Thought a speech by Michael J. Graham, S.J., President of Xavier University, given on Sustainability Day, Nov. 7, 2011.

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration  published by eight national Catholic organizations, including the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Sustainability and the Jesuit Mission July 2012 by Kathleen R. Smythe, Ph.D.
Adapted from a presentation made to AJCU Leadership Seminar, 20 June 2011.

See 2-minute video clips on Sustainability issues

Sustainability Committee Background ACUPCC


In the News

Xavier Develops "Sustainability Ambassadors" 1/28/13

Smythe Administrative Fellow 1/9/13

Xavier University is Outstanding Organics Recycler 11/15/12

Sustainability Week 2012 9/7/12