The University of St. Thomas is dedicated to becoming a greener, more eco-friendly campus. The UST Sustainability Committee supports this mission by evaluating and improving the University’s green policies. Part of the mission for sustainability lies in educating students, faculty and staff on sustainable practices that transcend the classroom and can be taken home and applied to daily life.
Dr. Dominic Aquila, provost, offers a prayer and reflection on the moral responsibility Catholics have to be stewards of the Earth on April 23, 2015. He signed the St. Francis Pledge signifying the University’s commitment to stewardship of creation. The St. Francis Pledge states:
We pledge to:
Pray and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable
Learn about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change
Assess how we—as individuals and in our families, parishes and other affiliations-contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste, etc.
Act to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change
Advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable
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