Renewing the Campus

Sustainability and the Catholic University
A national conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame
October 9-11, 2009

Renewing the Campus was the first conference dedicated to enhancing understanding, activism, and cooperation among Catholic universities in the area of sustainability. Over 200 faculty, administrators, and students from 45 universities across the country participated.

To see videos of the keynote addresses or to download the PowerPoint presentations, please click the links below.

Keynote Address Videos
PowerPoint Presentations
Plenary Speakers
Conference Rationale
Contact Information

Conference Co-Sponsors:

This conference was made possible by a grant from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and by the generosity of the following co-sponsors:

Center for Social Concerns
College of Science
CSO Architects, Inc.
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Department of Theology
Energy Center
Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity
Graduate School
Haws Corporation
Institute for Church Life
Kosinski Architecture, Inc.
Mendoza College of Business
Office of the President
Program in Catholic Social Tradition
School of Architecture
Shiel Sexton Company

“Solidarity…is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.” – Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter on Social Concern, December 1987

“As Christians…we need to recognize and accept the intimate ethical and deeply religious implications of climate change. It is a matter of justice, it is a matter of equity, and it is a matter of love: love for God the Almighty, love for the neighbor, love for creation.” – Lic. Elias Abramides, speaking for the World Council of Churches at the Pontifical Council on Climate Change and Development, April 2007

Participating Universities

Ancilla College
Donaldson, IN

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, MI

Assumption College
Worcester, MA

Barry University
Miami Shores, FL

Boston College
Boston, MA

Cabrini College
Bryn Mawr, PA

Calumet College of St. Joseph
Whiting, IN

Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Catholic University of America
Washington, DC

Clarke College
Dubuque, IA

College of Mount St. Joseph
Cincinnati, OH

College of Saint Mary
Omaha, NE

Creighton University
Omaha, NE

Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

Holy Cross College
South Bend, IN

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Madonna University
Livonia, MI

Madonna Court University
Lakewood, NJ

Manchester College
North Manchester, IN

Marygrove College
Detroit, MI

Miami University
Oxford, OH

Our Lady of Holy Cross College
New Orleans, LA

Regis University
Denver, CO

Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ

St. Ambrose University
Davenport, IA

St. Catherine University
Saint Paul, MN

St. Edward’s University
Austin, TX

St. Francis University
Loretto, PA

St. John’s University
Queens, NY

St. Leo University
St. Leo, FL

St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO

St. Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Winona, MN

St. Michael’s College
Colchester, VT

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ

Stonehill College
Easton, MA

Thomas More College
Cincinnati, OH

University of Portland
Portland, OR

Ursuline College
Pepper Pike, OH

Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL

Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH