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For many years the University has acted to inspire and encourage environmental sustainability, both academically and administratively. Through the implementation of energy conservation measures across facilities, the design and construction of LEED-certified buildings, the establishment of the Office of Sustainability, and several academic and research centers, the University has sought to advance sustainability on campus and abroad. But we realize that to continue to be Catholic leaders, we can and must do more. Following the teachings of our Catholic tradition and mission, and further inspired by His Holiness Pope Francis, the Executive Vice President’s Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy Committee was convened to assess our current sustainability practices and promote the future protection of God’s creation at Notre Dame.  As Pope Francis has stated, we need to have a conversation that includes everyone, since the environmental challenges we are undergoing affect us all.