About Us

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

VUSustainability

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.

For questions regarding campus sustainability email Liesel Schwarz