Xavier University Hosts Third Sustainability Day

November 11, 2011

On Nov. 7 and 8, Xavier University offered students, faculty and staff a chance to hear and experience firsthand the treatment of waste and urban water in Greater Cincinnati.

A van and walking tour examined the Mill Creek stream that conveys Xavier’s sewage, a walking tour showed the entire process of the Rumpke Material Recovery (recycling) facility, and the Civic Garden Center’s green learning station modeled processes for catching storm water. Bob Besso, Recycling Program and Waste Reduction Manager with Recology San Francisco; spoke about “Sustainability and Zero Waste” and Father Michael J. Graham, S.J. addressed the attendees. Graham’s comments on the place of sustainability and the environment within recent Roman Catholic thought are linked here.

In March 2008, Xavier University created a sustainability sub-committee in response to the requirements of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The group, which represents a cross-section of the campus community, has drafted a comprehensive plan for achieving climate neutrality and initiated tangible actions to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.