The Villanova University Campus Environmental Sustainability Policy
Signed in November 2004

Villanova University will strive to conduct its activities in an ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable manner, and will continue to do so for future generations. Villanova University will support the concepts of sustainability in its curriculum, research, and related activities, preparing all members of the Villanova community to contribute to an environmentally sound and socially just society. The institution will strive to function as a sustainable community, embodying responsible consumption, promoting ecological literacy and environmentally sound practices among its students, faculty, staff, and graduates, and supporting these values in the local community.

Goal 1. Villanova University will strive to practice the principles of environmental sustainability and wise use of resources within the University community. Villanova University will make reasonable efforts to conserve resources. Methods to conserve may include, among other things:

a) the promotion of water conservation,
b) waste reduction and the conscientious use of materials,
c) the conscientious production and consumption of food,
d) the promotion of energy conservation,
e) the use of renewable energy resources,
f) practicing environmental stewardship of its lands,
g) the acquisition of sustainable modes of campus transportation, and
h) the adoption of green building standards.

Goal 2. Villanova University will engage in appropriate learning opportunities with the intention of creating a community whose members (students, faculty, staff, and graduates) are environmentally literate and responsible. Methods to do so may include, among other things:

a) integrating social and environmental responsibility into curricular development,
b) fostering further research and a deeper understanding of environmentally sustainable development, and
c) creating and promoting an informed network of Villanovans committed to the principles of environmental sustainability.

Formal Policy


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