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DePaul's Commitment to Social and Environmental Justice

In its Vision 2018 strategic plan, DePaul University pledges to use its Catholic and Vincentian identity to guide how it does business. That’s been happening formally since the mid-1990s and informally long before then. Supporting fair trade products and implementing rules regarding good conduct, fair pay, women’s rights and other criteria have sent a strong signal through the years to companies that provide services to DePaul.

For the past 20 years, DePaul has been making policies and engaging in practices that protect the rights and safety of workers around the world, and in doing so, has fostered a more globally aware university community. Check out these resources to learn more about the breadth and depth of DePaul’s commitments on a host of issues that establish strong social and environmental standards for the university and its vendors.


DePaul’s newest buildings have all received LEED-certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which recognizes leadership in energy efficiency and environmental design. Arts & Letters Hall, the new Theatre School Building and Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building all earned gold certification, while the Art Museum received silver certification. The 2012 Princeton Review Guide to 311 Green Colleges also recognizes DePaul for its green building initiatives, conservation efforts, use of alternative energy and environmental academic programs.