Resources

Resources for the Creighton Community

There have been and continue to be many key players in promoting and practicing sustainability at Creighton. Their work has produced multiple outcomes, including the University’s Climate Action Plan. This page contains guiding documents for the Office of Sustainability Programs and for every member of the Creighton Community.

Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Plan

In 2010, Fr. John Schlegel signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which signaled Creighton University's devotion to being leader on addressing the issue of climate change. ACUPCC was renamed the Climate Commitment in 2015.

A major benefit of signing the original commitment was the University completed a comprehensive inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions and developed a Climate Action Plan. Our Climate Action Plan was created by The Brendle Group and was finalized in May 2013. Both the Climate Action Plan and its most recent "Next Steps" document are available online.

History of Sustainability at Creighton

History of Sustainability at Creighton

Though The Office of Sustainability Programs is relatively new to campus, Creighton University has long been committed to "cultivating a campus environment and educating our students to be stewards of Creation." Such a commitment is central to our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic university. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, asked that we seek magis, the greater, "more." When it comes to sustainability, we strive toward magis by discerning "more" appropriate ways to care for the earth and our neighbors. Sometimes achieving more can mean doing less, such as consuming fewer products, driving personal vehicles less frequently, and choosing to eat meat less often.

Thanks to past and present presidential leadership and the collective efforts by the members of the Sustainability Council, the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACS), students, faculty, and staff across campus, Creighton University has integrated sustainability into the University's mission, classrooms, research, planning, and activities. With the establishment of the Office of Sustainability Programs, we will continue to accomplish more and to do better for our common home.

Timeline

A brief timeline of sustainability at Creighton is below. For a more comprehensive history, please view this 2016 PowerPoint presentation. Sustainability Council meeting minutes from 2008 to 2017 are available here.

  • 1991: Environmental Science Program founded
  • 2007: Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ, formerly CCSJ) codified Sustainability as one of their 7 Service and Justice Trips Pillars. Since then, they have expanded the availability of sustainability service-learning experiences open to students each year. These experiences include urban agriculture, energy extraction, and organic farming among.
  • 2008: Sustainability Council formed
  • 2010: Fr. John Schlegel, SJ signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment
  • 2011: Energy Technology Program founded
  • 2012: Became the first Jesuit university to be designated a Fair Trade University
  • 2013: Fr. Timothy Lannon, SJ signed the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor
  • 2013: Partnered with Goodwill to divert over 60 tons of materials from the residence halls during move-out
  • 2015: Collaborative Ministry led a Laudato Si' discussion group
  • 2015: Sustainability Studies Program founded
  • 2016: Fr. Hendrickson, SJ convened the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sustainability
  • 2017: Creighton University established the Office of Sustainability Programs and hired its first full-time sustainability coordinator

Archive: Sustainability Council Meeting Minutes

Archive: Sustainability Council Meeting Minutes

Minutes are available for the following meetings:

May 16, 2008

June 20, 2008

July 18, 2008

August 15, 2008

September 19, 2008

October 17, 2008

November 19, 2008

January 16, 2009

February 20, 2009

March 20, 2009

April 17, 2009

May 15, 2009

August 21, 2009

September 18, 2009

October 16, 2009

November 20, 2009

December 18, 2009

January 15, 2010

March 19, 2010

April 16, 2010

May 21, 2010

June 18, 2010

July 16, 2010

August 20, 2010

September 17, 2010

October 15, 2010

November 19, 2010

December 17, 2010

January 21, 2011

February 18, 2011

April 15, 2011

May 20, 2011

June 17, 2011

July 15, 2011

August 19, 2011

September 16, 2011

October 21, 2011

November 18, 2011

December 16, 2011

January 20, 2012

February 17, 2012

March 16, 2012

April 20, 2012

May 18, 2012

June 15, 2012

August 17, 2012

September 21, 2012

October 19, 2012

November 16, 2012

December 14, 2012

January 18, 2013

February 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

April 19, 2013

May 17, 2013

June 21, 2013

July 19, 2013

August 16, 2013

September 20, 2013

October 18, 2013

November 15, 2013

January 17, 2014

February 21, 2014

March 21, 2014

No meeting April 2014

May 16, 2014

June 20, 2014

July 18, 2014

August 15, 2014

September 19, 2014

October 17, 2014

November 21, 2014

December 12, 2014

January 16, 2015

February 20, 2015

March 27, 2015

April 17, 2015

June 19, 2015

July 17, 2015

August 21, 2015

September 18, 2015

October 16, 2015

November 20, 2015

December 18, 2015

 

 

January 15, 2016

February 19, 2016

March 18, 2016

April 15, 2016

May 20, 2016

June 17, 2016

July 15, 2016

August 19, 2016

September 16, 2016

October 21, 2016

November 18, 2016

January 20, 2017

February 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

April 21, 2017