AN ETHOS OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING
The Villanova Sustainability Plan integrates the University’s value-centered principles with environmental stewardship, promoting inclusion of all members of the University and impacting all aspects of sustainability. Based on the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and guided by the principles of catholic social teachings, the methodology for this plan provides clear goals tailored to Villanova, as well as quantifiable targets with set action plans. At the core of all sustainability activities, both large and small, is Villanova’s vision for this plan: to establish an ethos of sustainable living.
As an Augustinian university, Villanova is committed to shaping a campus community among ourselves and beyond, that witnesses the healing, liberating, and empowering truth of the Creator. Generating and advocating sustainable action will help create a future that provides enough, for all, forever.
EXPLORE THE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
SUSTAINABILITY PLAN OUTCOMES BY 2030
As a University community, Villanovans are committed to working together to create a more sustainable world. The Villanova Sustainability Plan 2020–2030 specifically outlines the changes we aim to realize on campus by 2030. These outcomes include:
Electricity purchased from renewable energy
Food insecurity among all Villanovans
Financial need met
Pre- and post-consumer food waste to landfill or incineration
Of Villanovans paid a living wage
Elimination of all single-use plastic sales on campus
Reduction in all emissions
of Villanova students exposed to sustainability education
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (UN SDGS)
The UN SDGs were created and adopted by UN Member States in 2015 and serve to “provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” These goals recognize that global challenges such as poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation can, and must be solved collaboratively to create a prosperous and sustainable world. Villanova chose the SDGs as the framework for the University Sustainability Plan due to their large coverage of a wide range of important and interconnected issues.