CBU Deepens Commitment to Sustainability

Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education logoMemphis – Christian Brothers University (CBU) recently became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further its campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. With this membership, CBU will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the University and in the community.

Dr. Paul Haught, Chair of the Religion and Philosophy department/CBU Sustainability Committee, acknowledged the benefits that becoming a member of AASHE brings. “Joining AASHE represents an important milestone for CBU in expanding its academic and service missions,” Haught stated. “Academically, it expresses that we understand our connections to the natural environment as relevant to the Lasallian principle of educating the whole person. AASHE’s abundant resources for teaching sustainability across the curriculum will be helpful here. In terms of service, membership in AASHE strengthens our commitment to the community by enhancing our efforts to diminish our ecological footprint and help improve the overall environmental quality of Memphis and the Mid-South.”

Formed in 2006, AASHE was the first professional higher education association for the campus sustainability community. AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It does this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.

For more information on AASHE, visit: www.aashe.org

CBU’s membership into AASHE enhances the University’s commitment to incorporating sustainability into its way of doing business and its academic programming. Previously in June 2009, the Social Justice Committee at CBU broke ground on their community garden in hopes of promoting nutrition, education, environmental awareness and fostering community. The garden promotes service learning and is designed to highlight social justice through topics such as fair trade and localization of food supplies.

As part of its M.S. in Engineering Management Packaging Concentration, the University offers the course, Sustainability, which focuses on the criteria and steps to sustainable packaging. Furthermore, seminars and panel discussions are being held across the University, ranging in topics from “Spirituality, Food, and Sustainability at CBU” to “Landfills are Comprised of 30-40% Packaging Waste: How to Reduce this Figure.”

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