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Commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship has always been an essential part of Gonzaga’s mission as a Catholic, Jesuit University. Now "care for the planet" is explicitly mentioned as part of our new mission statement, which states that "The Gonzaga experience fosters a mature commitment to dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet."

As the Holy Father John Paul II stated in "The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility" (January 1, 1990), "When the ecological crisis is set within the broader context of the search for peace within society, we can understand better the importance of giving attention to what the earth and its atmosphere are telling us: namely, that the human person, endowed with the capability of choosing freely, has a grave responsibility to preserve this order for the well-being of future generations." For more Catholic and Jesuit resources on ecological stewardship visit the link below.


GU’s Climate Action Plan outlines 4 goals in its efforts to reach climate neutrality:
*Goal 1 – Deepen sustainability across the academic curriculum
*Goal 2 – Increase sustainability related co-curricular programs
*Goal 3 – Expand sustainable practices in University operations
*Goal 4 – Coordinate and facilitate implementation of the Climate Action Plan


On January 11th, 2013 President Thayne McCulloh approved the Climate Action Plan committing Gonzaga University to reduce its emissions 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2035. Read more about sustainability at Gonzaga and learn what YOU can do to help GU reduce its impact on the environment.