Catholic colleges make grade for green efforts

More than 20 Catholic colleges were recognized for their green efforts in this year’s “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges 2013 Edition.”

Solar house built by Santa Clara University students.(CNS photo)

Solar house built by Santa Clara University students. (CNS photo)

The 215-page guide profiles colleges and universities in the U.S. — and two in Canada — that are offering courses in sustainability and practicing what they preach by their on-campus efforts.

The honored schools are reducing waste, using renewable resources, encouraging carpools and  bike sharing, using locally-produced foods and designing energy-efficient campus buildings.

Twelve Jesuit-run colleges made the list: Boston College; College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; Creighton University, Omaha, Neb; Georgetown University in Washington; Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; Loyola University Chicago; Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore; Marquette University in Milwaukee; Santa Clara University in California; Seattle University; and Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Other Catholic colleges on the list included: Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.; The Catholic University of America in Washington; DePaul University in Chicago; Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.; St. John’s University in Jamaica, N.Y.; University of Portland, Ore.; University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.; and Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

To put together this list, the Princeton Review partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council, the nonprofit organization best known for developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, green building rating system.

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8 Responses to Catholic colleges make grade for green efforts

  1. JJ says:

    How nice these acts of conservation to help heal and thank the earth for being such a GOOD HOST.+.
    ..wish we had recycling collections or public bins toward where I’m at.+.

  2. Jim says:

    I think recycling bins and all that are very good. But it is GOD who is the Good Host and it is to HIM which we give thanks and honor! It is only through him that this planet, an inanimate object, is hospitable. To thank the earth is paganism. In our acts of conservation we honor God, not “Mother Earth” as the source and protector of all life.

  3. JJ says:

    Peace be on to you, My Brother + Jim.
    Peace be on to you.+.

    All that we see and do not see is of the Everlasting Creator, His Creation.
    Yes, Jim.
    I see this clearly, don’t and didn’t lose sight of this when making my original commentary to the “Catholic Colleges Make Grade for Green Efforts”
    Yet, Jim, I ask that you please try and not put words into my mouth.
    For I see that you are just so quick, in point your finger and pass
    out of sinc judgements. And on what? On a one sole statement, that I made which, on my behalf (perspective/s) doesn’t relate or associate anywhere near to paganism. Plus, what good comes out or do you bring to the table if it is to chop up into peices people’s statements. Nothing positive comes of this Jim.
    Please my brother, for your sake, Be Nice.
    For that that which you do is a sin in it’self to judge, twist and make unfair commentary of people’s postivie outlook on something or an issue –
    (The Green Initiative which relates to GOD’S CREATION/THE PLANET and my humble prespective). God Be with You.

    Attentively your brother in Christ Jesus,


  4. Jim says:

    Oh ain’t Boston college wonderful for being “green” while at the same time inviting pro-abortion Irish prime minester Edna Kenny to speak at it’s commencement exercises. Cardinal Sean O’Malley isn’t impressed. He is boycotting the commencement at Boston college- recycling boxes or no recycling boxes. Seems the unborn child isn’t important to them as “God’s Green planet”

  5. wanderlustmd says:

    What about the Jesuit college Spring Hill in Mobile, AL? Their new student center, built in 2010, is the first certified green building in the entire state of Alabama! 🙂

  6. Jim says:

    Many colleges preach ‘green’ and put out recycling bins and the like but they are energy gobbling behemoths particularly in the buildings in which hold their sporting events and the like. Jesuit college in Spring Hill Alabama may be an exception but in the northern climes there are no exceptions. I go into one of these places and look around. My first thought may be “my goodness they could have a radio controlled airplane exhibition in this place.” My second thought always is, “What does it cost to heat this place?” All this stuff about the recycling bins and the like is a pittance when it is put alongside the environmental costs, the carbon footprint of those buildings! We are called to live more simply on God’s green planet!

    All that stuff is also false, it is just smoke and mirrors unless the right to life is defended with maximum effort. I don’t know what it is like at those other places but that is the case regarding Boston College.

    “Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights—for example, the right to health, home, work and family is false and illusionary if the right to life is not defended with maximum determination.” Christi Fidelis Laici #36 Blessed John Paul II

  7. wanderlustmd says:

    Well I know as far as Spring Hill College goes, in order for a building to be considered “green” it has to work to minimize the carbon footprint, regardless of its size. I can’t just utilize recycling bins, but it actually needs to do things to eliminate energy waste. Our building was made largely with recycled materials, and I don’t remember all the details specifically but I was really impressed by the lengths they went to in order to reduce the carbon footprint with things like water and energy conservation. I would even say that it’s slightly annoying because the lights automatically turn off for a few minutes every hour, and it drives the students crazy! Except we know that it does save energy, even for those few minutes, so we appreciate the effort. That’s only a trivial detail, however. The conservation extends far beyond that, and the building is huge I might add. It’s our main cafeteria, bookstore, office, campus ministry, and meeting room space. I would venture a guess that any of the other colleges who are recognized for “green” efforts must be along those lines, and not simply recycling, because if Spring Hill didn’t even make the list then the other colleges must be far above and beyond us.

    Although I would have to agree, the green efforts don’t matter much if we’re not also respecting the right to life. But even so, it’s a start. Conservation can’t be ignored simply because other things are also being ignored. It might not be the best and ideal outlook on the situation, but sometimes you need a starting point for change. We shouldn’t neglect defending life, but we can still recognize the efforts that make a difference in other ways and move forward from there.

  8. Jim says:

    Amen! I agree! Many who defend life consider glabal climate change a myth. I’m not one of those people. I consider climate change a threat-perhaps to the existance of all that lives on this planet. Now if we can get together and convince all of the need to defend life- starting with those whose lives are constantly under attack with government sanction and government funding we will be on the right track. That’s the starting point Bl John Paul pointed out. It’s also the starting point of the seven key themes of Catholic Social teaching. I believe it is repeated by our bishops no less than 26 times in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. It has been a while since I counted them!

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