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2024 International Sustainability Conference


Our Common Home, Our Common Hope: Community Engagement for a Safe and Just Future

Villanova University, October 1 – 3, 2024

Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si and Laudate Deum of our responsibility to the poor and the earth. The Stockholm Resilience Center warns that planet earth is failing the scientific health check because the safe and just operating space determined by planetary boundaries is threatened by anthropogenic activities. Communities mostly in the global south bear the brunt of these climate related disasters. 

Pope Francis (LS 139) aptly noted that we are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. This interdisciplinary conference invites abstracts from researchers with a keen interest in sustainability and community engagement to spur new thinking on sustainability within science, theology, philosophy, nursing, law, business, engineering, and the humanities as they impact people and communities.

The goal of this conference is to promote interdisciplinary research that expands knowledge, allowing communities to choose the most suitable pathway to a safe and just future. Pope Francis (LD 2) noted that our responses have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point.  


Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.

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