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‘Future Energy’ World’s Fair Features Creighton University

Environmental ClassCreighton University’s multifaceted efforts around sustainability and alternative energy will be featured on a global stage at Expo 2017, an international exposition to be held this summer in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Organizers expect about 5 million visitors to attend the world’s fair during its three-month run, which begins June 10. The theme is “Future Energy: Energy for All.”

Creighton, a Jesuit, Catholic university, was invited to participate by the Vatican, as part of the Holy See’s pavilion. An estimated 115 countries and 18 international organizations are expected to participate as exhibitors.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Creighton, and really highlights our innovative programs and initiatives around sustainability,” says Jay Leighter, PhD, associate professor of communication studies and director of sustainability studies. “The Vatican reached out to us as a Catholic institution that is implementing best practices in this important area.”

A brief statement about Creighton’s sustainability efforts and images of campus will be displayed in the “Best Practices Room” in the Holy See’s pavilion.

“It is affirming to receive this recognition from the Vatican, and exciting to be a part of this global exposition,” says Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ. “One of our institutional priorities is to serve as a model campus in responding to Pope Francis’ call to address our current global environmental realities.

“In fact, a presidential initiative enacted in my first year established the President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Composed of faculty, staff, and students, the committee seeks to identify new initiatives and collaborations to achieve bold and significant cultural change toward more ecologically sustainable conditions.”

Creighton University has been consistently recognized by the Princeton Review in its annual guide to the most environmentally responsible colleges across the United States and Canada, and received recognition again in 2016. The University has received the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA designation for nine consecutive years, and this spring was named to Travel and Leisure’s “Most Beautiful College in Every State” list.

Creighton was one of the first Catholic universities to begin offering a degree program in environmental science, more than 25 years ago. In 2011, the University launched its Energy Technology Program and, more recently, began offering a major and minor in sustainability studies.

More than 300 Creighton alumni are working in fields such as environmental education, earth system science, conservation ecology and climate change research. Expo 2017 will run June 10 through Sept. 10.

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