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“Creighton’s Climate Action Plan” part of the Green Bag Lunch and Learn Series.

A discussion with lead consultant Becky Fedak of the Brendle Group

When: Tuesday, September 25,12:30-1:30
Where: Harper Center 3029
What: Becky Fedak of the Brendle Group will present on Creighton’s plan to fulfill its pledge to become carbon neutral. Creighton made this pledge when President Fr. Schlegel, SJ signed theAmerican College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2010.

Becky Fedak supports a wide range of projects, including greenhouse gas inventories, energy profiles, climate and sustainability planning, and on-site energy, water, and waste assessments. She also has extensive experience as a water resources engineer and is well versed in water operations modeling and large scale water resources planning and design.

While completing her graduate work, she founded Running Water International, a social enterprise in Kenya, Africa that addresses the water resource challenges of the developing world. She continues to serve as Technical Director and Advisor to the organization.

Bring a simple lunch if you’d like; drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, please contact Haley Warren at HaleyWarren@creighton.edu or Ken Reed-Bouley at krb@creighton.edu.

Sponsored by the Sustainability Council and the Creighton Center for Service and Justice.

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Sustainability: Thank the White House for increasing fuel efficiency standards

Sierra Club

This month, the Obama administration finalized fuel efficiency and carbon-pollution standards for new vehicles. The new plan is committed to having the average new car get 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 which will double the current fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution from new vehicles in half. This is the biggest step any administration has ever taken to cut dangerous climate pollution.

The White House plans to implement this plan by giving incentives for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cells vehicles. It also plans to incentivize for hybrid technologies for large pickups, and natural gas vehicles. Not only does this plan take a step towards a more sustainable way of living, but it also includes plans to create 570,000 new jobs, save 1.7 trillion dollars in gas, and should create about a 10% drop in U.S. carbon emissions. This is the White House’s most important climate accomplishment!
Send the Obama administration a thank you today to show them that you’ve noticed and applaud this step, and that they need to stay on the right track.

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Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Did you know that Creighton is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment? In short, this committed the university to developing a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality at some point in the future. More information on the Commitment and the strides Creighton’s made can be found at: http://www.creighton.edu/about/sustainability/acupcc/index.php

The Climate Action Plan is due in January 2013 and the Sustainability Council will be looking for input from campus constituents — keep an eye out for announcements later in the summer and this fall

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Green Bag Lunch on Climate Refugees

“Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause”,
a Green Bag Lunch and Learn sponsored by the Creighton Sustainability Council.


Wednesday, April 18th, 12:30-1:30 pm


Creighton University (Harper Center, Room 2060)

In celebration of EARTH DAY, the Creighton University Sustainability Council’s Green Bag Lunch and Learn Series presents: “Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause”. This lunch features two student presentations from a theological and a sociological perspective. “Climate Refugees” is a very recent concept in which it is defined as people who are forced to migrate or are displaced as a result of effects of climate change and natural disasters. The 50 Least Developed Countries contribute less than 1 percent of global carbon emissions, but will be the most affected by climate change. Learn more about this issue and join the conversation on how our actions affect those around the world.

Bring a simple lunch if you’d like, drinks and dessert will be provided.
With questions, please contact Anna Green at annagreen@creighton.edu or Ken Reed-Bouley at krb@creighton.edu.

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CCSJ Weekly Update: Apr. 16 – Apr. 23

Featured Events:

Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause
In celebration of EARTH DAY, the Creighton University Sustainability Council’s Green Bag Lunch and Learn Series presents: “Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause”. This lunch features two student presentations from a theological and a sociological perspective.

“Climate Refugees” is a very recent concept which is defined as people who are forced to migrate or are displaced as a result of effects of climate change and natural disasters. The 50 Least Developed Countries contribute less than 1 percent of global carbon emissions, but will be the most affected by climate change. Learn more about this issue and join the conversation on how our actions affect those around the world.

Bring a simple lunch if you’d like, drinks and dessert will be provided. This event will be held in the CCSJ (Harper 2067) from 12:30-1:30 pm.
With questions, please contact Anna Green at annagreen@creighton.edu or Ken Reed-Bouley at krb@creighton.edu.

Events this week:
A Night of Comedy: Opening Hearts and Minds
8th Annual Al Nations Pow-Wow
Hell Hath No Fury: How the Looting of the Iraq Museum Changed the Way Archeologists Think About Armed Conflict
Empowerment Network Forum With Congressional Candidates
oneShirt Clothing Drive
Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause
Earth Day Events
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Catholic Social Teaching Meets Wall Street

Events More than One Week Away:
Fourth Annual Cinco de Mayo Walk/Run

Friday, April 13
 A Night of Comedy: Opening Hearts and Minds
Comedy has always played a role in building bridges across cultures and humanizing the other. In that spirit, the Muslim Student Association, in conjunction with Campus Ministry, the CCSJ, CSU, and others, present A Night of Comedy: Opening Hearts and Minds. This event features Dean Obeidallah from Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil Comedy Special and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. This event will take place from 7-9 pm in the Harper Center Auditorium. This event is free to the Creighton Community with ID, $15 for the general public, and $10 for non-Creighton students. For more information, please contact Naser Alsharif at nalshari@creighton.edu.

Saturday, April 14
 8th Annual All Nations Pow-Wow
Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Creighton’s Native American Association (NAA). The 8th Annual All Nations Pow-Wow is a wonderful opportunity for Creighton students, faculty, staff, and alumni to celebrate with friends and guests of Creighton in this annual tradition for our campus and the community. This event will take place in the Kiewit Fitness Center from 1-10pm, with Grand Entries at 1 and 6 pm, and the community feed at 5 pm. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (402) 280-2459.

Sunday, April 15
Hell Hath No Fury: How the Looting of the Iraq Museum Changed the Way Archeologists Think About Armed Conflict
The speaker for this event is Corine Wegener, of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. This lecture will take place at 2 pm on Sunday, April 15, in the Abbott Lecture Hall at the Joselyn Art Museum.

 Empowerment Network Forum with Congressional Candidates
The Empowerment Network, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and OTOC will be hosting a candidate forum from 6-8 pm at the Omaha North High Viking Center. Come hear the candidate’s viewpoints on key issues that are important to the North Omaha and Greater Omaha Community. This forum is open to the public.

Monday, April 16
 oneShirt Clothing Drive
Clean out your closets and get rid of your old clothes! Creighton University is now registered to participate in the oneShirt Challenge. Colleges and universities from every state will be competing against each other for the title of “BIG SHIRT ON CAMPUS!” and national bragging rights. The school that works with their community to collect the most clothes during Earth Week 2012 (April 16-21) will be declared the winner. More info can be found at: http://www.creighton.edu/admin/facilities/energymanagement/programs/earthday/ed12/index.php#c152540.

Wednesday, April 18
 Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause
In celebration of EARTH DAY, the Creighton University Sustainability Council’s Green Bag Lunch and Learn Series presents: “Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause”. This lunch features two student presentations from a theological and a sociological perspective.

“Climate Refugees” is a very recent concept which is defined as people who are forced to migrate or are displaced as a result of effects of climate change and natural disasters. The 50 Least Developed Countries contribute less than 1 percent of global carbon emissions, but will be the most affected by climate change. Learn more about this issue and join the conversation on how our actions affect those around the world.

Bring a simple lunch if you’d like, drinks and dessert will be provided. This event will be held in the CCSJ (Harper 2067) from 12:30-1:30 pm.
With questions, please contact Anna Green at annagreen@creighton.edu or Ken Reed-Bouley at krb@creighton.edu.

 Earth Day Events
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Garry Ruliffson, OPPD’s Energy Advisor, will talk about “Energy Savings In Your Future” — how to save energy here and at home.
Skutt Student Center (Room 104)

9:30 am
Robert Byrnes, Nebraska’s Mr. Energy, will present at this time. Mr. Byrnes has developed the technology on his farm to essentially be off the energy grid. He generates electricity and fuel to conduct his daily life and enterprises.
Skutt Student Center (Room 104)

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Skutt Student Center (or on the mall, weather permitting!)
Giveaways! Shopping bags, eco-friendly pens, and more! Carpool information from MetrO! Rideshare and MAPA, vote for the Campus Tree of the Year and learn about Creighton’s quest to become an arboretum, drop off your old and unused pens for recycling, Echo Lighting’s display of LED and other energy-saving light bulbs, information on recycling at Creighton including a display of recyclable items, the world-famous popcorn machine, clothing drive, Facilities Management’s own electric truck and GEM Car

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Attend the last Green Bag Lunch and Learn Series as students present on: “Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause”
Harper Center (Room 2060)

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
GreenJays Bike Ride
(meet in Deglman circle for a casual ride to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge)

5:30 pm
Earth Day Prayer
The Campus Ministry Interns will lead a Prayer Service honoring and praying for all of God’s created world.
Where:  Jesuit Gardens (Rain location:  St. John’s Church)

Thursday, April 19
 Holocaust Remembrance Day
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Harper Center Auditorium, Creighton University will host an original live docudrama about the 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. This is the story of over 900 Jewish men, women, and children who, during the Holocaust were left adrift at sea for 30 days, denied entrance by Cuba, Canada, and the United States and sent back to Germany- a death sentence for many. Four Holocaust survivors of the SS St. Louis will be in attendance to share their stories. The saga of the SS St. Louis has been called one of the most significant and symbolic events in the Holocaust and American history speaks to the contemporary issues of ethics, social justice, immigration, human rights, refugee policy and anti-semitism. This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. For more information, please contact Pam Yenko at pyenko@creighton.edu.

Friday, April 20
 Catholic Social Teaching Meets Wall Street
On Friday, April 20 from 12:45-1:30, all are welcome to a discussion in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper 2067) on Catholic Social Teaching and socially responsible investing with Dr. Tom Kelly and Michael Rossmann, SJ. This article from America Magazine and this initiative by Jesuits and Creighton University will serve as the basis for discussion.  For more information or to RSVP (so we know how many to expect), please contact Michael Rossmann, SJ at rossmann.michael@gmail.com or 402-280-1290.

Upcoming Events:
 Fourth Annual Cinco de Mayo Walk/Run
(Sunday, May 6)
On Sunday, May 6, the Fourth Annual Cinco de Mayo Walk and Run will be held at the Collins Stadium at 22nd and M streets. Proceeds from this event will benefit IXIM, a ministry of solidarity between the Catholic Dioceses of Omaha and Huehuetenango, Guatemala. This event features a 400 Meter Kids Run, a 1 Mile Kids Run, and an adult/family 5K run. T-shirts are guaranteed for all entries received before May 3, and available to others while supplies last. All registrations can be made at active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2010441. Additional forms and information can be found at cincodemayoomaha.com.

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Sustainability: Tell President Obama We Need Clean Energy, Not Tar Sands Oil

Last week, President Obama announced plans to fast-track the southern portion of the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, from Cushing, Oklahoma to Port Arthur, Texas. This wrongheaded decision to send the world’s dirtiest oil through America will do nothing to lower gas prices, and only helps the richest oil companies get richer.

President Obama was right to stop the pipeline’s northern Keystone XL portion, and he has vowed to double down on clean energy. These solutions — from green transportation to wind, solar, and new auto emissions standards — are the ones we need. We are ready to follow the president down this path.

Send a message to President Obama to express disappointment in his decision to complete the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline!

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