Sustainability at CSB & SJU

As Catholic, Benedictine institutions, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University accept that all Creation is a gift and we are expected to care for Creation and be stewards for the entire community of life on Earth. Our commitment to this stewardship, by definition, incorporates the principles of sustainability: our actions should be ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable today and for future generations.   

By signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007, both institutions formally committed to:

  • Incorporate sustainability into all facets of campus life
  • Calculate the campus carbon footprint
  • Develop and implement a climate action plan to reduce that footprint
  • Lead each campus to climate neutrality

Our signing of the Catholic Climate Covenant in 2012 has reaffirmed this commitment in the context of our faith. The challenges and priorities for implementing sustainability differ for each campus.