Earlier this month, Loyola University Maryland announced that President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., signed both the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the Catholic Climate Covenant sponsored St. Francis Pledge. Fr. Linnane joined 685 college presidents in signing the ACUPCC and 75 Catholic colleges and universities in signing the St. Francis Pledge.
“Colleges and universities play a vital role in advancing sustainable operations and educating future generations about environmental stewardship. Loyola is further called by its Jesuit tradition to join these efforts because sustainability and social justice are inexorably linked,” said Fr. Linnane.
By signing the ACUPCC, Loyola University Maryland commits to educating its students, creating solutions, and providing an example to the rest of the world of what it means to care for our world. The pledge involves committing to an emissions inventory and the integrating sustainability into the college curricula. Similarly, the St. Francis Pledge commits the university to integrating the subject of climate change and care for creation into its prayer life and advocacy work.
In addition to signing the pledges, Loyola University Maryland has also increased its sustainability initiatives, which include the installation of energy-efficient lights, water conservation fixtures, and green-friendly flooring. Visit Loyola’s sustainability website for more information.