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Sustainability at DePaul

Join us in creating a Sustainable Learning Community

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Sustainability is nothing new to us at DePaul; we have found sustainability to be a very important thread woven into DePaul’s institutional fabric. A contemporary version of the centuries old Vincentian question,”What must be done?” was asked during one of four university-wide sustainability roundtable discussions in Spring 2011: “In what ways does the focus on sustainability function to build DePaul’s capacity to be an agent of social transformation?” The now completed Institutional Sustainability Plan (ISP) provides a launching pad to address this important question.

Download the Institutional Sustainability Plan
Download the ISP Cover Letter

The plan is not a blueprint or set of directives, but rather a baseline audit of activity and list of proposed recommendations. It is a living document that will develop with the university as we continue our journey of becoming a leader in sustainability in higher education.

Over many years the DePaul Sustainability Network (DSN), formerly called the Sustainability Initiatives Task Force (SITF),  has been working diligently to develop and implement this plan to further DePaul’s mission of becoming an agent of social change in regards to sustainability. The Institutional Sustainability Plan (ISP) is the first of its kind at DePaul, reflecting the work of over 60 people that met numerous times to fulfill Father Holtschneider’s charge to the SITF. In this plan you will find a broad overview of sustainability-related activities occurring on campus and a set of recommendations for realizing DePaul’s sustainable learning community.

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As you read through the ISP we ask that you consider participating in a network of people working to sharpen, reshape and implement some of the recommendations contained in the report. We welcome participation from across the university community. If you are interested in getting involved in the DSN, please contact Jim Montgomery or Scott Kelley

Please join us in the ISP’s realization and help us be an agent of social transformation through our Catholic, Vincentian, urban mission.  We look forward to the challenge ahead as we continue to build our sustainable learning community.


On behalf of the SITF,

James Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Studies

Scott Kelley, Office of Mission and Values; Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department

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