Villanova University celebrates Earth Day all week with a series of events from Tuesday, April 17 through Saturday, April 21. Festivities will include campus tree tours, a sustainability fair and farmer’s market, Kilometers for Climate 5K run/3K walk, keynote lecture on climate change, and the University’s fourth annual Earth Day of Service.
A full listing of events can be found here.
This year’s keynote address, “Climate Change: Will We Ever Agree?” will be delivered by Dr. Joseph Majkut on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 pm in the Connelly Center Cinema, on Villanova’s main campus. Dr. Majkut is director of climate policy at the Niskanen Center, and is an expert on climate science and risk analysis for decision-making. Before joining the Niskanen Center, he worked on climate change policy in Congress as a congressional science fellow, supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geoscience Institute. Dr. Majkut’s talk will address the social and political forces that have resulted in a partisan divide on the issue of climate change.
In 2007, Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Further advancing the University’s pledge to sustainability, he established the President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee on Villanova’s campus. This committee—comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across the University—is charged with taking action on all aspects of campus sustainability and in implementing the President’s Climate Commitment on behalf of the University. In October 2016, College of Engineering Dean Gary Gabriele signed The White House’s Educators Commitment on Resilient Design pledge to train and educate future leaders about the impacts and preparations needed to address extreme weather events and climate change. Villanova has expanded its sustainability efforts, including the launch of new master’s degree programs in Environmental Science and Sustainable Engineering—adding academic programs with an emphasis on the environment and sustainability.
In addition, the University has five LEED certified buildings on campus and has committed to LEED certification for all new construction and major renovation projects. In April 2014, Father Donohue signed the St. Francis Pledge, committing the University to “protect God's Creation and advocate on behalf of people in poverty who face the hardest impacts of global climate change.”
Villanova continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s greenest colleges, having received national recognition for its commitment to sustainability by a number of organizations including the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Villanova recycles and composts up to 48% percent of its waste, sending all of its trash to Covanta, an energy-from-waste facility that burns the trash for electricity. The University has installed over 30 hydration stations on campus to make it more convenient to fill up reusable water bottles. The initiative has already saved the equivalent of more than a million water bottles. In 2016, Villanova received a Tree Campus USA® recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to promote healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Villanova also incorporates its commitment to the environment into its community service initiatives. To learn more about Villanova’s commitment to environmental sustainability, click here.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.