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Earth Month Opportunities Abound

Earth Month provides us an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and renew our pledge as a University and as individuals to respond to the urgent need for climate action, as articulated by Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. Sustainability is the responsibility of all of us.

We invite you to join us in celebrating our common home by attending our headliner events, collaborative efforts, and/or participating in a community opportunity listed below.

Earth Month 2023

Headliner Events

Global Perspectives on Sustainability Forum

Wednesday, April 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Central Time
Skutt Student Center Room 104

A panel comprised of International Students and Global Scholars will share their experiences and perspectives on what sustainability looks like in other parts of the world. Light refreshments. Register via Eventbrite for in-person or virtual.

Earth Month Celebration

Tuesday, April 18, 5-6:15 p.m. Central Time with reception following
Harper Center Auditorium

A special Earth Month event featuring a screening of The Last Prairie, a film about the Nebraska Sandhills by Dr. John O’Keefe. Following the screening, the Office of Sustainability will provide an update on the University’s Sustainable Creighton Initiative and present the 2023 Spirit of Laudato Si’ Sustainability Award. Reception with refreshments in Atrium following. Register via Eventbrite for in-person or virtual.

Collaborative Efforts

Earth Month Field Trip and Taizé Prayer Service

Thursday, April 13, 5-9 p.m. Central Time
Campus Ministry is hosting its 2nd annual Earth Month field trip to Holy Family Shrine for Creighton students. The outing includes transportation, dinner, sustainability discussion, and a sunset Taizé prayer service inside the beautiful Holy Family Shrine. Registration is required.

EPS (StyrofoamTM) Recycling Drive

Friday, April 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Central Time
Lower St. John's

St. John's Creation Care Team is joining forces with the Office of Sustainability Programs to host an EPS (StyrofoamTM) recycling drive on campus. Hard, beaded StyrofoamTM will be accepted and transported to Plastilite, a local company who recycles the material.

Other Ways to Get Involved

We have created a menu of other ways to celebrate Earth Month and get involved through

  • Advocacy & Service
  • Art & Reflection
  • Health & Wellness
  • Education & Awareness
  • Community. 

    See the menu

Spirit of Laudato Si’ Award!

Each year the Spirit of Laudato Si' Sustainability Award is given to a sustainability champion. The award is presented at a special Earth Day celebration in April.

Nominate a Sustainability Champion for the 2023 Spirit of Laudato Si' Sustainability Award!

We are accepting nominations for the 2023 Spirit of Laudato Si' Sustainability Award. Please submit letters of nomination to no later than March 15, 2023. The 2023 award will be presented on at an Earth Month Celebration on April 18.


The annual award identifies and recognizes Creighton University students, staff, faculty, and groups from across the University who are engaged in making an impact on, and developing a culture of, caring for our common home through campus sustainability and environmental justice efforts. Their efforts can include generating awareness, implementing strategic projects, or catalyzing new initiatives. Sustainability issues are intentionally broadly defined and may include an overlap of environmental, technological, economic, political, socio/cultural, philosophical, or theological approaches focused on social and environmental equity and justice.

The award(s) will be presented each year during April as part of Creighton’s Earth Month celebration. Nominations should describe the result of efforts observable in the campus community over the last year.

Nominations can be made for groups (either formal or informal groups) or individuals. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations should be no less than one paragraph and no more than one page.

The committee reserves the right to award more than one award each year.

In addition to the annual award described above, the selection committee may award two special awards: Community Partner and Distinguished Career.

Each submission will be evaluated on one or more of the following categories contained within the St. Francis/Laudato Sí Pledge, which states “I pledge to pray, live, and advocate Laudato Sí:”

  • Prayer and Reflection: Environmental and social justice activities associated with developing a deeper concern for the gift of God’s creation and the poor and vulnerable impacted by our lifestyles. Examples include organizing and attending service trips and community engagement opportunities through SCSJ and coordinating and participating in events through Campus Ministry.
  • Live: Modelling behaviors and/or encouraging change to address climate change and environmental degradation as evidence of solidarity with those who suffer the consequences of our lack of respect for God’s gift of Creation. Examples include choices to engage in simpler, low consumption, and less materialistic lifestyles and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Advocate: Becoming a meaningful, critical, informed voice of the poor, the vulnerable, and those who have been discriminated against by systematic racism in demonstration of Catholic principles and priorities at local, state and national policies to address environmental justice and climate change. Examples include leading public forums focused on environmental justice issues such as increasing sustainable energy, decreasing use of fossil fuels, and fair voting rights.

Spirit of Laudato Si’ Award Past Recipients

Each year the Spirit of Laudato Si' Sustainability Award is given to a sustainability champion. The award is presented at a special Earth Day celebration in April.

2022 Spirit of Laudato Si’ Sustainability Award Winners

Emma Yackley

  • Emma Yackley, a medical anthropology major and member of the Creighton Women’s Soccer team, was nominated for her work with the Creighton University Athletics Department-Athlete Advisory Committee, where she has been a constant where she serves on the executive board and has been a constant source of creative ideas.
  • During the fall 2021 semester, she organized two “Green Games” during a men’s and women’s home soccer game where campus and community organizations promoted sustainability and environmental best practices. She has also worked with campus food service provider, Sodexo, and Creighton’s Office of Sustainability Programs to introduce compostable products and led efforts to provide a sustainable single-use cup for weight rooms and training rooms. She also organized an Athletics Department-wide service project to celebrate Earth Day.

Creighton Dining

  • Creighton Dining, a partnership between Sodexo and Housing and Auxiliary Services, was recognized for their composting efforts. Creighton Dining – specifically Danny Steiner, Sheila Daley and the entire Brandeis and Wareham Court Sodexo staff – was nominated for its work implementing and maintaining composting in Brandeis and Wareham Court in cooperation with the Office of Sustainability Programs.
  • Implementing a new waste stream in an extremely busy environment is a difficult task that involves significant coordination and dedication. Steiner and Daley have worked tirelessly to ensure composting runs smoothly day to day, as has the back-of-house staff in Brandeis and Wareham, who also deserve special mention as they do the work, day in and day out.
  • Composting at Creighton simply would not be possible without the commitment of the Sodexo staff.