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Villanova is a dynamic learning community founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine. The Augustinian values of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas (translated as truth, unity, and love) guide intellectual and social life at Villanova to this day. In keeping with our Augustinian tradition—which emphasizes service to, and care for, one’s community—we integrate sustainability and respect for the earth into our curricula, scholarly research, academic and community events, and institutional policy and practice.
“It is no longer enough, then, simply to state that we should be concerned for future generations. We need to see that what is at stake is our own dignity. Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us. The issue is one which dramatically affects us, for it has to do with the ultimate meaning of our earthly sojourn.” -Laudato Si
"You discover the earth's springing energy, its amazing beauty, its most excellent potency... to praise your Creator you make the earth's cry your own." —St. Augustine, Enarratio in Psalmum 144.13
"To seek the highest good is to live well" —St. Augustine
Villanova is a signatory of the St. Francis Pledge, committing ourselves to protect God’s Creation and advocate on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change. For more information and to sign the pledge visit the Catholic Climate Covenant's website.
Villanova University has been recognized for our sustainability efforts from the Sierra Club and Princeton Review.