The new campus sustainability strategic action plan inspired by Laudato Si' provides many opportunities to get involved. Check out the timeline of different ways that participants have and will continue to engage.
- Winter 2024 LTLS Plan implementation begins!
The implementation of this plan began officially in Winter Quarter 2024 - in January, the Executive Sponsors met and the onboarding meeting for new implementation team members occurred in February.
- Winter 2024 Plan Release
Co-sponsors the Division of Mission & Ministry and the Center for Sustainability are proud to release the official "Sustainable SCU: Leading Through Laudato Si'" strategic action plan. Read the full plan here.
- October 4, 2023: Laudate Deum Published
In October 2023, Pope Francis released a new integral ecology exhortation Laudate Deum which built upon the groundbreaking environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ published in 2015. The Center for Sustainability released a response, highlighting the ways in which SCU will use the Pope's words as a catalyst to ignite a greater urgency in our efforts.
- Fall 2023 Update
We have much to celebrate! Join us at tUrn week on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:15 on the O'Connor Patio next to Music/Dance to hear what we've collectively developed to date. Learn about our plans for operationalizing Leading Through Laudato Si', starting this Fall. RSVP
- Summer 2023 Update
The Division of Mission and Ministry and the Center for Sustainability thank you for your participation with our year-long planning process Sustainable SCU: Leading Through Laudato Si'. We’ve spent the year exploring goals and strategies for SCU to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world through 2030, inspired by the Pope's encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home. Please read the full letter here.
- Subject-Matter Experts: Summer 2023
Subject-matter experts continued our collective planning over the summer as they refined our working groups' goals and strategies to develop sub-strategies with cost projections, timelines, and key stakeholders.
- Summit: April 2023
All participants attended a summit at the beginning of spring quarter 2023, after each Working Group had met 3 times. This 3-hour gathering allowed Working Groups to share their updates and collaborate to refine strategies.
- Open Focus Group Meetings: November-April
The focus group was an open group of SCU community members who received updates on the Working Groups' progress and shared feedback on the general direction of their ideas. Anyone was welcome to join one or all of the focus group sessions throughout the year.
- Individual Working Group Meetings: November-April
Working Groups came together four times throughout the year, for 90 minutes each meeting. These meetings built off of each other, starting with a baseline review of ideas, then moving to goal and strategy development before outlining final plans.
- Virtual Ideation Sessions: Fall Weeks 5 and 7
Share your ideas and priorities for the new Sustainability Action Plan by attending an ideation session on Tuesday, October 18, Thursday, October 20, or Friday, November 4 at 1pm. These sessions are virtual and open to all members of the SCU community. Please RSVP to attend.
- Kickoff Meeting: October 24, 2022: 3:00-4:30pm
All Working Group members were invited to attend a kickoff meeting to officially begin the planning process. This meeting provided a basic introduction to the Leading Through Laudato Si' initiative and allowed for Q&A about the year ahead.
- In-Person Ideation Sessions: Fall 2022
We will be hosted two ideation meet-up sessions during tUrn week 2022 where members of the SCU community could drop by and share their initial ideas and priorities for the new Sustainability Action Plan. For details, visit the tUrn Project. (Additional Zoom opportunities were be available during week 5.)
- Ideation Roadshow: Fall 2022
During weeks 3-8 of Fall Quarter 2022, staff from the Center for Sustainability met with and presented to campus organizations, student groups, classes, and other interested organizations to seek participation in our Working Groups, heard ideas, and encouraged further conversations about our planning process.