By: Andi Hinnenkamp
Father Schlegel signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2010 and Fr. Lannon will now carry on this commitment. Considering that over 600 schools’ presidents signed the initiative, it is not a big surprise that Creighton, as a Jesuit institution, was one of the signatories. What is surprising about this initiative is how few people even know that Creighton is signed on to it, with a goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050. That’s what this past Tuesday, September 25’s Green Bag lunch was all about. For a few days, two employees from the Brendle Group traveled around Creighton, displaying the findings they have about Creighton’s resource consumption, specifically sources of energy.
The reason why more people need to be educated on this initiative is not only because it is awesome, but because our school, along with many others, will be a leader in the United States, setting an example for other institutions that need to react to climate change. Most importantly, though, people need to know that this will mean some lifestyle changes for everyone on campus, specifically because the plan includes the amount of energy used by those who commute to Creighton every day as an energy expense by the university. In this case, there will need to be some deliberate changes on the part of everyone that works or studies at Creighton. Regardless of personal opinions of these lifestyle changes, it will be a great chance for the university to help everyone learn what personal effect they have on the climate. This also means that the university will do as much as it can to become climate neutral, but that everyone at Creighton will have to accept the initiative as well. What an exciting initiative Creighton has signed onto, it is great to see such a big institution stand up to do all it can to help our environment.
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