VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

AN ETHOS OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING

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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

METHODOLOGY

Learn how the sustainability plan was developed

PROJECTS

Explore current sustainability projects

SDGs

Villanova's adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

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:

100%

Electricity purchased from renewable energy

0%

Food insecurity among all Villanovans

100%

Financial need met

0%

Pre- and post-consumer food waste to landfill or incineration

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Current projects

50%

Women in managerial and leadership positions

100%

Elimination of all single-use plastic sales on campus

50%

Reduction in all emissions

100%

Of Villanovans paid a living wage


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.

Goal 0: Sustainability in Academics
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 15: Life on Land