University of Notre Dame has accepted recommendations for creating a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the University that is ambitious and yet realistic.
Convened in spring 2015 by Notre Dame Executive Vice President, John Affleck-Graves, the committee was composed of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students and charged with reviewing the University’s current sustainability practices and providing a long-term plan consistent with its Catholic mission.
Its report and recommendations address the many aspects of sustainability, with five-year action plans that lead toward long-term goals in six areas of focus which includes Energy and emissions, Water, Building and construction, Waste, Procurement, licensing and sourcing and Education, research and community outreach.
A standing committee of faculty, staff and students will be appointed to review progress on goals and consider continuing steps. Small working groups also will be appointed to identify benchmarks, tasks and goals within each of the six areas of focus.
The committee was convened as part of Notre Dame’s response to Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato si’.