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Office of Sustainability Programs

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Why Sustainability?

At Creighton University, we recognize sustainability as a strategy to fulfill our moral responsibility to care for creation. We follow the United Nation's definition of meeting the needs and aspirations of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same (Our Common Future, 1987). Guided by our Jesuit, Catholic values and traditions, we pursue sustainability with a multi-dimensional approach of environmental, social, an economic perspectives.

Vision

To cultivate a culture of caring for creation.

Mission

The Office of Sustainability Programs guides the implementation of sustainable practices and programs on campus and serves as a hub for collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, our local neighbors, and global partners so we can work together toward a more sustainable present and future in Omaha and afar.

Guiding Principles

We are guided by the principles of magis, truth, justice, and stewardship:

Magis

Magis: We build on Creighton's existing efforts and partnerships and seek to deepen our commitment to sustainability throughout all University activities. We think and act both locally and globally and we always ask, "How can we better care for our common home, now and for the future?"

Truth

Truth: We pursue "truth in all its forms" by engaging in inclusive dialogue with our community and holding ourselves to a standard of transparent accountability.

  • Academic and Research Programs: We foster collaboration across colleges and disciplines to support existing efforts and encourage the development of new academic courses and research projects that address issues of sustainability.

  • Engagement: We host regularly scheduled Sustainability Forums, which are open to all faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members. Forums provide a space for dialogue, expert presentations, and campus sustainability reporting.

  • Sustainability Performance: We report university-wide data to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) and are a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Justice

Justice: We promote faith and service that do justice to eliminate inequalities and discrimination.

  • Local and Global Partnerships: We partner with groups here in Omaha, across our region, and abroad who work with communities burdened by environmental, social, and economic degradation. Groups include the Omaha Area higher Education Sustainability Alliance (OAHESA), the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ), and Creighton's Encuentro Dominicano program.

  • Academic Service Learning Opportunities: We support existing academic service learning courses that involve sustainability and we encourage the development of new courses that incorporate sustainable philosophies and practices into academic service learning.

  • Celebrations and Programing: We host and promote activities that serve as a platform for sustainability advocacy and action. Annual events that we host include St. Francis Day (Oct. 4), and Earth Day (April 22).

Stewardship

Stewardship: We plan for the wise use of our natural, human, and economic resources.

  • Cura Personalis: We respect our students, faculty, staff, visitors, and local and global neighbors with full dignity as unique individuals.

  • Natural Resources: We conserve our natural resources such as water, soil, energy, plants, and animals through campus collaborations with Operations, Facilities Management, and community partnerships.

  • Climate Change: We are adapting to our changing climate and reducing our environmental footprint through strategic campus planning and implementation of our Climate Action Plan.

  • Economic Resources: We use our budgets responsibly and efficiently and advocate for ethical and sustainable investments by the University.

 

If you have questions, concerns, or ideas relating to sustainability, please contact:

Belyna BetlegeBelyna Bentlage, MS
Sustainability Coordinator
402.280.2699
BelynaBentlage@creighton.edu

 

Becky CrowellBecky Crowell
Administrative Support
Office of Sustainability Programs
Environmental Science, Sustainability Studies, Energy Technology
402.280.1839
BeckyCrowell@creighton.edu