St. Thomas Aquinas College Hosts Sustainability Event on Water

On Wednesday, November 4, St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) of Sparkill, NY held an event to discuss sustainability and water.  STAC’s School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education joined together to host the event, showing how issues around water relate to several areas of study. As part of the national discussion on sustainability, the event featured four presenters, each sponsored by one of the College’s Schools:

The presentations, given by the above speakers respectively, focused on:

  • Sparkill Creek and the local water supply
  • “Making Water More Liquid”
  • “Water Resources: Current Issues and Future Solutions”
  • “It’s Not Easy Being Blue-Green”, a study on fresh-water algae

For more information about STAC’s sustainability efforts, visit the College’s Global Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility website.

How does your campus promote water sustainability? Let us know! 

Holy Names University to Host a Talk on ‘Ecological Conversion’

As Catholic Higher Education continues to fervently answer Pope Francis’ call to care for creation, the Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality at Holy Names University in California will host a speaking event entitled Ecological Conversion on October 9.

The talk will feature Dr. Robert Ludwig, director of the Sophia Center, and Sharon Smith, campaign manager of the Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative Union of Concerned Scientists and author of The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World. Ludwig and Smith plan to deliver thought provoking presentations and to encourage a lively discussion on care for creation, Laudato Si’, and the recent Papal Visit to the United States.

DePaul hosts Death Penalty programming

In the week of April 22-29, 2015, Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., activist and author of Dead Man Walking, will once again visit DePaul for a week’s worth of programming inspired by her work against the use of the death penalty in the United States. Departments from around the university will host panel discussions, class activities, and performances on the topic of death penalty abolition and Sister Helen’s novel. Events include conversations with the Catholic Studies department, the College of Law, the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies department, and the social work department. For more information, click here.
Want more information?  Read more about ACCU member colleges’ work on the issue of the death penalty and see a compiled list of resources.

Thoughts on the Church and Climate Change

Want to catalyze discussion surrounding climate change and the Catholic Church on your campus? Consider showing the clip below, where the executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant (an organization formed by the CCHD) discusses the Church and its stance on environmental issues.

Sample discussion questions:

  • Mr. Misleh spoke about the difference between using the words “environmentally friendly” versus “stewardship of the earth” when discussing the Church’s role in environmental issues. How does language play a role in how Catholics and non-Catholics alike perceive the Church, especially regarding this topic?
  • Mr. Misleh emphasized that the Church’s interest in the environment is “not something new.” Where have you seen the Church’s commitment for creation – both throughout history as well as in your own life?
  • Mr. Misleh gave examples regarding how climate change affects the most vulnerable among us. What are different implications of this fact?
  • What does it mean to you to say that “creation is a gift”?
  • Mr. Misleh said that his motivation for his work in raising awareness about climate change is knowing the affects it will have on the lives of his children. What motivates you to make a difference?

Take Action for Immigration Reform!

For those interested in connecting with others on the topic of immigration reform, an online discussion forum is now available on the ACCU website. This will serve as an interactive space for you to share resources, ask questions, and engage in dialogue regarding immigration efforts. Visit the Immigration Reform: Action Plan for Catholic Campuses page and join the forum now to get involved in the conversation.