Sustainability events

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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.

Upcoming Events

Earth Week 2018

Are you planning an Earth Week event at Creighton? If so, please contact Belyna Bentlage by March 12, 2018 for your event to be included in the Creighton University Earth Week 2018 program. Thank you!

Sustainability Forum Schedule

Friday, Jan. 19, noon - 1 p.m. in Skutt 105
Pathways to Zero Waste
Dr. Ryan Wishart, Department of Cultural and Social Studies, will moderate a panel of four local professionals engaged with the topic of waste management in Omaha. Dr. David E. Corbin (Emeritus Professor at UNO and Chair of the Nebraska Sierra Club), Jeff Heck (Sales Manager, First Star Recycling), Leigh Neary (Owner, Exist Green), and Rick Yoder (Director, Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC)) will discuss topics such as source reduction, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy, and how these practices fit into a goal of zero waste.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, noon - 1 p.m. in Skutt 104
City Sprouts: A History and Current Community Gardening Opportunities
City Sprouts is a local not-for-profit that empowers Omaha area residents to sustainably grow, eat, and provide healthy, local foods. Join Alex O'Hanlon, South Garden Manager, as she presents a brief history of City Sprouts and ways to get involved with community gardening, including volunteer opportunities and techniques for Spring 2018. Come learn how to grow a sustainable community through gardening, landscaping, and orchard care.

Monday, March 26, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Skutt 104
Sustainability in the Built Environment: Design and Goals
How does the built environment factor into Creighton's commitment to sustainability? Join Stuart Shell, Katherine Osterman, and Andres Rodriguez-Burns from Forte Building Science for this short workshop on the latest trends in green building. In addition to giving an overview of popular certification programs like LEED and WELL, the presenters will share a framework for tracking sustainability goals. The presenters will also introduce community commitments such as District 2030 as avenues for managing sustainability goals. Katherine (BS'14) and Andreas (BA'15) are both graduates of Creighton University's College of Arts and Sciences.

Recorded Forums

St. Francis Day

St. Francis Day

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. If you would like to nominate a student, faculty, or staff member for the 2017 award, please see the criteria for nominations and email Ryan Wishart at by Sept. 22, 2017.

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. Rev. Fr. Hendrickson, SJ issued a message regarding Earth Day and sustainability this year.