Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. . . . A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.
As His Holiness Pope Francis instructs, to change, we must educate—and education and research are the lifeblood of a university. Scholarly activity impacts more than the University’s current carbon footprint—it impacts global actions and outcomes for generations to come. Research that is conducted by a university reflects university values and priorities, and that is equally true when striving to be good stewards of the environment. By highlighting the sustainability-related education and research conducted at USEK, the University confirms its commitment to sustainability and its commitment to Catholic values. By enhancing the number of courses and research projects that expand the knowledge, understanding, and advancement of sustainability and by increasing community engagement in sustainability, the University continues to act in conjunction with its Catholic mission, an integral component of all our education and research initiatives.
The key to success in increasing sustainability is individual action. The University can set goals and devise initiatives, but without individual involvement, there is little hope for success. The University must inspire its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to work toward these goals and plans through greater engagement and outreach.