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.