President Thayne McCulloh, D.Phil., signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in September, renewing and expanding Gonzaga’s longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability.
In recent years, the Jesuits and other church leaders have recognized environmental sustainability as a moral imperative. The Climate Commitment was designed to encourage sustainability across all facets of society by modeling that behavior on the nation’s college campuses.
“President McCulloh is demonstrating that our commitment to social justice compels us to take concrete steps to become more responsible environmental stewards,” said Brian G. Henning, associate professor of philosophy and co-chair of the University’s Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability.
Working with partners across campus, the advisory council will design a plan to monitor and reduce Gonzaga’s carbon footprint. Under the commitment, the University has two years to create a plan for achieving ‘carbon neutrality.’
Gonzaga also will work to make sustainability an integrated part of the educational experience for all students. A recently created major and minor in environmental studies is already among the fastest growing majors on campus. In addition, Gonzaga is joining its regional neighbors in higher education in planning how to infuse stewardship and sustainability across the curriculum.