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About Sustainable SCU: Leading Through Laudato Si'

The Center for Sustainability and Division of Mission and Ministry are embarking on a year-long strategic planning process to develop a sustainability action plan that takes us through 2030, rooted in Laudato Si’. This initiative brings stakeholders from across campus together to define shared goals, draft a strategy for meeting them, and implement them over time.

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About Laudato Si' and the Laudato Si' Action Platform

In 2015, Pope Francis released his momentous encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, as a call to the world to focus on caring for the natural environment and all people, as well as broader questions about the relationship between God, humans, and the Earth.

SCU is proud to be one of the 130+ founding universities from around the world that have committed to Pope Francis’ 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology through the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. These universities will define and implement unique paths to deepen their community’s integral ecology in the areas of academics and research, operations, campus life, and outreach.

We look forward to discovering how our new Laudato Si’ Action Plan can further SCU’s commitment to building a more just, humane, and sustainable world. The new Action Plan will build on our strong foundation of existing programs and goals outlined in SCU's original Sustainability Strategic Plan in 2019. To learn more about how we got here, read our history of achievements and journey to carbon neutrality.

What is involved in the Action Plan Journey?

Over the 2022-2023 school year, the Center for Sustainability along with the Division of Mission and Ministry will launch our Action Plan Journey. Stakeholders from across campus will come together to define shared goals and metrics, draft a strategy and timeline for meeting them, and work together to implement them over time. Our end goal is to create a new sustainability Action Plan that takes us through 2030, rooted in Laudato Si’.

We invite stakeholders to join one of five Working Groups that will collaborate and share input on our shared sustainability action plan.

Leading Through Laudato Si' is an initiative formed out of partnerships across campus and draws from Pope Francis' 7-Year Journey Toward Integral Ecology from the Laudato Si' Action Platform. Learn more about each of these organizations:

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Find out about the many different stakeholders invited to be a part of our strategic planning process.

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Review the milestones on our year-long journey to develop a Laudato Si' Action Plan.

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Check out resources and news about Leading Through Laduato Si'.

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