Twelve years ago, Holy Cross set an ambitious goal: to be completely carbon neutral by 2040. Thanks to a comprehensive set of initiatives and policy changes, the College is nearly halfway there.
According to the latest data, Holy Cross reduced its carbon emissions by 46.8 percent between 2007 and 2017. Reducing carbon emissions is an important effort towards fighting global climate change. Leading scientific organizations around the world agree that the earth’s climate is warming, and that “rigorous scientific research demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver.”
“Pope Francis in Laudato Si and Father Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus have emphasized that care for our common home has to be a priority for the Catholic Church, the Jesuits and all of us who work together supporting our shared mission,” said Fr. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. President of the College. “We must safeguard the earth and its beauty for the survival of future generations and human flourishing and our students are modeling for us how to become engaged.”
The effects of the College’s Carbon Neutral Plan can be seen across campus:
These are just some of the current initiatives driving down the College’s carbon emissions.
The effort towards reducing carbon emissions began in 2007 with the formation of the Presidential Task Force on the Environment, and it continues today. Fr. Boroughs recently announced that College administrators would soon be meeting with members of the student environmental concerns organization Eco-Action to work towards creating a new staff position to support the College’s sustainability program.
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