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SPPRNG Into Action


Six Initiatives in Partnership with the Six Colleges

As Villanovans, we have a collective responsibility to improve our common home. The Office for Sustainability has taken a significant step towards achieving this goal by announcing six actionable initiatives as a roadmap toward a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. To ensure success, we have partnered a Dean from Villanova's six colleges with each initiative to serve as its ambassador  to elevate and advocate for these efforts.

Ambassador:  Wen Mao, PhD 
The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business  
The ShareNova initiative aims to promote a sharing economy at Villanova University grounded in the Augustinian way of living. ShareNova focuses on optimizing the use of assets such as office supplies, vehicles, space, and time. We can reduce our purchasing and waste generation by exploring opportunities to share resources within the community.

Ambassador: Christine Kelleher Palus, PhD
Dean, Villanova College of Professional Studies 
This initiative aims to rally efforts to significantly decrease paper usage at Villanova. A team of students is leading efforts on decreasing the use of physical waivers for different activities on campus. The initiative is also focusing on printed flyers and course materials in selected departments at the University, intending to transform how paper is used in these types of situations.

Ambassador: Mark C. Alexander, JD
Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Charles Widger School of Law 
Aware of how plastic is embedded in our lives, this initiative takes a realistic approach to the plastic challenge on campus by adopting a reduction approach rather than a total ban. Phase one of this approach is led by Jean Lutes, PhD, The Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English, and a group of faculty/staff across the university who worked with Dining Services to reinstated the Reusable Cup program

Ambassador: Michelle Marcolongo, PhD 
Drosdick Endowed Dean of the College of Engineering 
This initiative seeks to achieve Zero Waste certification, which requires diverting at least 90% of non-construction waste from landfills or incineration for various campus offices and buildings. The Office for Mission and Ministry in St. Rita Hall and the Facilities Management Office in the Facilities Management building lead the way by adopting a centralized waste system for compost, recycling, and trash.  

Ambassador: Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
We prioritize our students' growth and success—we want them to flourish and thrive. Given the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we aim to take a more intentional approach to address the multifaceted needs of the Villanova community. In this initiative, we strive to proactively engage with students regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.  

Ambassador: Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD
The William and Julia Moulden Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
Villanova University's offices consume considerable energy and produce considerable waste. The Green Office Program provides tools and support to help offices and departments conserve resources, reduce costs, and contribute to Villanova’s commitment to sustainability. 


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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