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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.

Sustainability Forums have concluded for the Fall 2018 semester. Spring 2019 Sustainability Forums will be announced soon. Visit Recorded Sustainability Forums below to view and hear past presentations.

    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.

    The St. Francis/Laudato Si' Pledge

    On October 4, 2013, Fr. Timothy Lannon, 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.

    During the Summer of 2018, Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, Creighton University's 25th president, signed the new St. Francis/Laudato Si' Pledge, committing Creighton to a renewed culture of praying, living, and advocating to protect 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.