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Will Notre Dame Answer “Pope’s Challenge for Global Warming?”

Will Notre Dame Answer “Pope’s Challenge for Global Warming?”

Letter to the Editor, by Garrett Blad In a letter to the editor on June 17, 2015, the day before Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change and human ecology, University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins wrote on “The pope’s challenge for global warming.” The letter attempts to calm the political rift that no doubt has been widened from the pope’s words on climate change while highlighting the imperative to act due to the impact on the world’s poor. As President Jenkins remarks, “The pope is out not to declare a side but to challenge the consciences of all…
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A Climate Journey to Paris

A Climate Journey to Paris

When most people plan a trip to Paris, they book a flight in anticipation of seeing the sights, visiting the Louvre, enjoying some pastries, relaxing in a café. Most people are not Garrett Blad. The recent graduate of Notre Dame is riding his BICYCLE. To Paris. With one big goal in mind. He and his friend Morgan are headed to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, this November, an event so important to the future of our planet that it merited a journey of this scale. When John Gibson and I sat down with Garrett this spring to ask…
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ISU: Conservation Champion

ISU: Conservation Champion

Wildlife Federation recognizes Indiana State with Conservation Champion Certification Indiana State University continues to be recognized for its commitment to sustainability. The Indiana Wildlife Federation has awarded Indiana State its Conservation Champion Certification for its sustainable landscaping practices. The certification recognizes the university for sustainable lawn maintenance and landscaping; reducing the use of pesticides and herbicides; eradicating invasive species; selection of native plants for landscaping; and water conservation, retention and recycling. The federation lists five goals in each category. Indiana State achieved all five goals in one category and four goals in each of the other categories. The “Level 3”…
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The Butler Way Guides Butler University to Substantial Sustainable Changes

On April 16th, 2012 Butler University President, James Danko, signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in reflection of The Butler Way – Butler’s “long-standing commitment to selflessness and integrity.” The ACUPCC commitments are mapped out in the Butler Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (BUSCA) as a guideline as it grows and implements its new strategic plan, Butler 2020. The goal of the Butler Sustainability and Climate Action Plan is to achieve institutional climate neutrality by 2050 by mitigating campus greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy consumption of the university. The plan outlines current initiatives, strategies, and…
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IUPUI Supports A Sustainable Future Through A Focus on Sustainability on Campus

IUPUI Supports A Sustainable Future Through A Focus on Sustainability on Campus

Over the past few years IUPUI has added 30+ water filters to campus, switched over to single stream recycling, planted two campus gardens, and added an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Management and Policy through their School of Public and Environmental Affairs, whose current roster also includes a Masters Degree in Public Affairs and Urban Sustainability. In addition, IUPUI offers other degrees in sustainability, including: Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Environmental Health, and Sustainable Energy Engineering. On July 15th, 2014 the IUPUI Office of Sustainability released IUPUI’s comprehensive update of completed, ongoing, and future sustainable campus initiatives. IUPUI aims to decrease…
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