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Upcoming Events

Sustainability Forum Schedule

The Office of Sustainability Programs will host three forums each fall and spring semester. These events are for Creighton students, faculty, staff and community members. Forums will occur in a variety of platforms, such as presentations, panel discussions, and debates on topics related to sustainability. Topics and speakers will vary month-to-month.

Friday, September 21, noon - 1 p.m., Skutt 104
State of Sustainability at Creighton
Join The Office of Sustainability Programs and Creighton Students Union for a State of Sustainability Address. Learn what has been accomplished and how we can work together this year to advance sustainability at Creighton.

Tuesday, October 2, noon - 1 p.m., Skutt 104
2018 Feast of St. Francis: Who is my Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?
A special program offered by Catholic Climate Covenant focusing on the interconnections between immigration, refugees, and climate change. Featuring Dr. Dan DiLeo, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural and Social Studies; Director, Justice and Peace Studies

Tuesday, November 13, noon - 1 p.m., Skutt 104
Curating the Earth System: Building an Interdisciplinary Public History Exhibit on the Anthropocene
The Anthropocene is a proposed new geological epoch. It makes the claim that humans have become a geophysical force in the earth system. This argument has significant environmental, history, and ethical implication, but what does evidence of the Anthropocene look like? The students of EVS/HIS 488: Global Environmental History have worked with the Durham Museum to build a physical and digital exhibit demonstrating that we are surrounded by that evidence. Dr. Adam Sundberg (Assistant Professor of History and Digital Humanities), Emma Sundberg (Curator of Collections at Durham Museum), and Rebecca Hare (CU '19) will discuss the benefits and challenges of this type of collaborative, interdisciplinary research in public history and environmental studies.

Feast of St. Francis

Thursday, October 4, 2018, noon -2:00 p.m.
Feast of St. Francis Mass and Lunch
All are welcome and encouraged to attend a celebration with St. Francis and a re-commitment to the St. Francis/Laudato Si' Pledge. St. Francis Day Mass at noon in St. John's Church followed by lunch (12:45 p.m.) in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The St. Francis Spirit of Sustainability Award will be presented at lunch. Please register for the free lunch.

Student Sustainability Roundtable

Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Skutt 104
Students and student organizations are invited to attend a Sustainability Roundtable facilitated by Belyna Bentlage, Creighton's Sustainability Coordinator.

  • Learn about sustainability initiatives and events students are planning during 2018-2019
  • Discover potential collaboration opportunities

Spring 2018 Recorded Sustainability Forums

Fall 2017 Recorded Sustainability Forums

Feast of St. Francis

Feast of St. Francis

The Feast of St. Francis occurs annually on October 4. Every year, The Office of Sustainability Programs, Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, St. John's, Justice and Peace Studies, and many faculty, staff, and students host events to celebrate the life and spirituality of St. Francis. 

As part of the celebrations, we give out the Spirit of St. Francis Sustainability Award. Please see the criteria for nominations. Information about how to nominate a student, faculty, or staff member for the 2018 award will be available soon.

The St. Francis Pledge

St. Francis pledgeOn October 4, 2013, Fr. Timothy Lannon, SJ, as Creighton University's president, signed the Catholic Climate Covenant's St. Francis pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. In 2017, the Covenant launched an updated version of the St. Francis Pledge to celebrate the second anniversary of Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home.

Creighton is dedicated to the pledge which is a commitment "to living out the vision of the encyclical and our Catholic faith through prayer, concrete action, and advocacy."

We encourage you to take the pledge, too!

Earth Day

Earth Day

Earth Day occurs annually on April 22. Every year, Creighton celebrates with awareness-raising events and service.

Earth Week 2018 Sustainability Update

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the Office of Sustainability Programs and campus partners presented an update of sustainability at Creighton. Special guests from Facilities Management, Canon and Bluejay Print and Post, and Housing and Auxiliary Services shared information about how different areas across campus are engaged in making Creighton's campus more sustainable.

For a full listing of events, view our brochure.

Earth Week 2017 Sustainability Update

Rev. Fr. Hendrickson, SJ issued a message regarding Earth Day and sustainability during Earth Week 2017.


National Drive Electric Week Event

National Drive Electric Week Event

On Sunday, September 9, Creighton University provided the site for the 2018 National Drive Electric Week event in Omaha. In addition to an extensive display of electric vehicles including electric assisted bicycles, there were indoor educational presentations and information tables by local organizations and dealers promoting clean, sustainable modes of transportation.

National Drive Electric Week is presented by Plug in America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association. Nissan LEAF is the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor.

Photos from 2018 event

Media coverage of the 2018 event: Omaha World Herald, Fox 42 News, Creightonian

Podcasts and Lectures

Podcasts and Lectures

 Dr. Christopher Wright is Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School where he teaches and researches organizational change, management innovation, sustainability and critical understandings of capitalism and political economy. His current research explores organizational and societal responses to climate change.

V. Ramanathan is a world renowned and pioneering figure in the history of climate science. He was appointed by Saint John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 2004, advised Pope Francis on his ecological encyclical Laudato Si?, and represented the Holy See at the United Nations Climate Negotiations in 2015 and 2016. His lecture is part of the ?Planetary Emergency Lecture Series,? which is funded by the 2016 Creighton Global Initiative. It is advised to arrive early because there could be a large crowd.

Recorded with Dr. Richard Miller in 2012 (three years before Laudato Si), the conversation addresses how one should consider the Planetary Emergency. The podcast also includes conversations about Creighton's efforts to mitigate environmental impact at that time.