Make LMU A Leader in Environmental Responsibility!

We, the students, faculty, staff, alumni and other interested stakeholders of the LMU community, do hereby call upon the administration to embrace our role in the global community by acknowledging that environmental responsibility and sustainability lies at the very core of our mission and identity. As so profoundly articulated by the theme and events of this year\'s Bellarmine Forum, our challenge is to \"Do Something. Now.\" To this effect, we ask you to: Incorporate environmental stewardship and sustainability into our classrooms, campus operations, local community, and organizational decision-making. We respectfully request the President to designate a Sustainability Committee to examine such opportunities throughout the entire LMU campus. Expand our current recycling operations. LMU has been a pioneer for the past fifteen years in this arena; now more than ever we should strive to increase our volume of recycling and reduce our solid wastes and expenditures, NOT reduce the size of our recycling program. Require all new construction and major renovations of buildings to meet a LEED equivalent standard, including the William H. Hannon Library. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a national certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for constructing high-performance, sustainable buildings. These buildings incorporate innovations such as increased energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. On November 3 of this year, LMU proudly announced the LEED certification of Leavey Six and Del Rey Towers, a significant achievement. Continue to be a leader in our immediate community and our region in environmentally and ethically responsible business practices. We recognize that ecological justice goes hand-in-hand with social justice with respect to their impact on current and future generations.

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The Cool Campus Initiative was formed out of the tremendous desire and motivation of the student body to heed the calls echoed by the Bellarmine Forum to get involved and do something here on our own campus. CCI is a student group committed to increasing knowledge of and educating students, faculty and staff campus-wide on sustainability issues. Please join our Facebook group! For questions, comments, thoughts and ideas please email columriley@msn.com or crogers7@lion.lmu.edu . If you would like more information about LMU and Sustainability, please email columriley@msn.com to request a copy of \"Sustainability at LMU\", a more in-depth analysis of the financial and ideological case for pursuing LEED Certification for the proposed William H. Hannon Library.

Links

\"Jesuits Release Document Advancing \'Ecological Justice\'\" http://www.sentinel.org/articles/2006-46/15086.html What is LEED And much more, from the US Green Building Council http://www.usgbc.org/ Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education http://www.aashe.org/ Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley (an excellent model) http://sustainability.berkeley.edu/assessment.html Sustainability at Santa Clara University http://www.scu.edu/sustainability/about.cfm Campus Climate Challenge http://climatechallenge.org/

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